By Bernie Kosar, Special Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com
Here are my takes on the Browns made while appearing on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”:
After a rough last year or two, the Browns’ wide receivers should have a chance to be better this season.
They’re going to have to show it on the field, of course, but there are reasons to believe they will improve for several reasons.
One is Greg Little’s maturity and growth into a dominant, No. 1 receiver. I’ll admit that I’m an optimist, but I do believe you develop a lot of maturity between your first and second year in the NFL. Little led the team in receptions as a rookie last season, and that was after not playing in his final year at North Carolina. He also was a running back for most of his football career, and was just really starting to learn the wide receiver position last year.
Another factor is the timing and accuracy of the quarterback’s throws. Recently, I was at an event with Brandon Weeden, and we were going over plays and going over concepts in the passing game. We talked about throwing the comeback versus eight-in-the-box, throwing the fade or the take-off versus press coverage, throwing the middle read or the deep fade versus Cover Two.
Those are types of throws that significantly stretch the field and open up things for other players. They open up the entire offense.
In addition, the receivers will be helped by the presence of Trent Richardson in the backfield. Richardson and the rest of the running game will force opponents to incorporate that seventh and eighth man in the box, thus resulting in one-on-one coverage outside.
And if Brandon can find a guy who he’s comfortable with throwing the comebacks and fades to, if Travis Benjamin is able to show his speed and beat press coverage, it significantly opens up the field and gives you just a lot of opportunities to attack defenses.
Yet another factor in allowing the wide receivers to perform better is our offensive line, which I really like. A good offensive line is incredibly helpful to the passing game because it will give the quarterback that extra half-second to throw the ball and the receivers that extra count to kind of work the coverage.
Be sure to catch Bernie Kosar’s regular appearances with Vic Carucci on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” Monday through Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET, live on ESPN 850 WKNR and ClevelandBrowns.com
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