Browns building special receiver corps

Posted by Vic Carucci on October 25, 2012 – 1:05 am

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:

Kerry – For once, our receivers are looking decent. Josh Gordon has the potential to be a monster. Greg Little is still young, and if he fixes his drops, will make a great No. 2. With Travis Benjamin and Josh Cooper being young as well, the sky is the limit. I’d also like to see Jordan Cameron get some more PT as well.

Totally agree, Kerry.

Gordon’s progress has been impressive. He is consistently proving that he is gaining a firm grasp of what it takes to play wide receiver in the NFL and he is investing the necessary time and effort to get the maximum from his enormous talent.

Yes, he did have a devastating drop against the Colts last Sunday, but I don’t think that derails this very promising journey. If there was something positive to take from that miscue, it was Gordon’s willingness to take accountability and express his deep disappointment in not making a play he knew he should have made. He didn’t use the excuse of losing the ball in the bright sunlight that happened to be beaming into the very spot of the end zone at Lucas Oil Stadium where made the drop.

My sense is that Gordon is growing up. And fast.

The same can be said for Little, who not only made a spectacular catch for a touchdown against the Colts, but also was professional in his conduct after that and other receptions he made in the game. Pat Shurmur has spoken frequently with him about avoiding unnecessary celebrations, and Little seems to be getting the message.

With Benjamin’s speed on the perimeter and Cooper’s reliability as a go-to man from the slot, the Browns seemingly have the complementary pieces of a special receiving corps.

Cameron should continue to make a significant contribution, although I’m not sure that, generally speaking, the role of the tight end is going to have as large a role in the Browns’ wide-receiver-driven offense as you see in other schemes.

Colby – Anyone hating on Mike Holmgren is about as dumb as you can be. All he did was improve the roster 100 percent. What, are you all shocked he didn’t win a Super Bowl in three years? Mike has forgotten more about football than any of you critics know.

Your support for Holmgren is admirable, Colby, especially in the face of the many critics who have had their say.

I think it is more than fair to say that on Holmgren’s watch, the Browns improved their talent. I feel confident that they have a most important component for success in quarterback Brandon Weeden. And I expect Weeden and most of the many young players on the roster to improve.

At the same time, I understand the fans’ frustration over the Browns’ failure to become the winner that Holmgren was expected to assemble when he was hired as team president in 2010. No one is more disappointed about that than Holmgren. And that’s the part that I think some people fail to recognize.

When players the Browns added since 2010 ultimately contribute to a turnaround, Holmgren, along with general manager Tom Heckert, are entitled to some credit.

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