By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor
You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:
ANDREW – Hey, Vic, with the new receivers that have been added this offseason, how do you think the final roster will look? I think Carlton Mitchell and Jordan Norwood could both be left out of the 53 man roster. Go Browns!
That’s entirely possible, Andrew.
Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin have performed exceptionally well through the early part of camp. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say they have been the Browns’ best two receivers to date.
Gordon already has established himself as the Browns’ most physically gifted pass-catcher. His combination of exceptional size, strength, and athleticism is mostly unmatched by any other receiver on the team. All he needs is to continue to work his way into football shape, having been out of the game for more than a year because of his suspension at and subsequent transfer from Baylor, and learn the Browns’ offense. Even when he doesn’t know exactly where he needs to go on a certain play, he is still able to do enough to get open and make a catch.
Benjamin has been a standout since camp began. He is using his remarkable speed to his fullest advantage, and is catching the ball well.
Josh Cooper also continues to make his presence felt as someone who consistently gets open and catches the ball well.
Therefore, in the course of making room on the depth chart for Gordon and Benjamin (and possibly Cooper) after Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi, you are going to be forced to make some difficult decisions elsewhere within the receiving group. And, yes, that would figure to make players such as Mitchell and, perhaps, Norwood somewhat vulnerable.
EVAN – Will Trent Richardson be the next Adrian Peterson?
If he achieves that level of success, Evan, that would be amazing.
I don’t, however, necessarily see an exact comparison between the two. Richardson’s body type and skill set are a little bit different than Peterson’s. Although Richardson is solidly built and, like Peterson, incorporates plenty of power in his game, he is more of a compact runner. And he uses that low center of gravity to the fullest extent, whereas Peterson runs a little bit taller.
I also see Richardson as relying a bit more on his elusiveness to get through the first wave of defenders. Like Peterson, he can shift into that higher gear in the open field.
I can easily envision Richardson having tremendous production. Will it equal or even surpass what Peterson has done through a sterling pro career?
Let’s let the guy play some actual NFL games before we go there … but I’m expecting him to equal the lofty expectations that go with a third overall pick.
DREW – With a prospective sale of the Browns being reported in the media, I am worried about a new owner coming in and possibly “blowing things up” again – i.e., new front office, new coaches, new personnel. We have to stick with Holmgren, with Shurmur, with Weeden, etc., and give them a legitimate chance to win (at a minimum another three years at least). What do we know about Mr. Haslam (the prospective buyer) that may escalate or alleviate these concerns?
Drew, I don’t know enough about Mr. Haslam to even offer a guess at what his approach would be regarding possible changes.
Generally speaking, it isn’t unusual for a new owner to revamp parts or most of the team’s structure, on and off the field. A new owner is likely to have specific ideas about how he wants to run a franchise, and it could very well differ from those of the regime in place. It is also common for a new owner to bring in his “own people” in key leadership roles.
But there is nothing that says that the people already in the building couldn’t adapt to whatever changes the new owner might want to make in terms of how the team is run.
The next owner would be taking over a very healthy franchise from a football standpoint, and, from what I understand, a business standpoint as well. With the additions of rookies who look to have dynamic play-making ability (Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Gordon, and Benjamin) and a solid right tackle (Mitchell Schwartz), the timing could be ideal for a new owner to end up with a club that could be strong for years to come.
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