Is Browns Receiver Brian Robiskie Poised for a Break-out season?
Right from the get go Brian Robiskie appeared to be the whipping boy of the coaching staff during training camp. The second round pick out of Ohio State was running more laps at training camp than a greyhound at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club for dropping punts and passes.
Robiskie is looking at his second season as chance to redeam himself and the coaching staff is taking notice of his hard work. Several times after practices this week Eric Mangini has singled him out for his impressive performances.
Robiskie came into the league with a reputation as being "ready to play right away at the professional level." As the son of a NFL wide receivers' coach, that didn't seem to be a stretch.
But what scouts missed in the analysis was his lack of upper body strength. That caused havoc with his ability to break away from bumps at the line of scrimmage.
Being on the field with an inexperienced quarterback like Brady Quinn did not help his cause. Quinn often would quickly look away from Robiskie because he was not open immediately.
Having a veteran such as Jake Delhomme, who isn't afraid to stay in the pocket and read his progressions, will go a long way towards helping Robiskie. But Robiskie still must prove he has the ability to break coverage.
With no help in sight from any free agent veteran wide receivers, the Browns are gambling that Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi take huge strides in their second years. If these two wide receivers, along with Chansi Stuckey, do not take their games to the next level, the offense is going to struggle.
Last year, the Browns relied heavily on the run game during their four-game win streak to end the year. But NFL teams will grow wise to that strategy if there is no threat of a downfield passing game.
Three yards and a cloud of dust might have worked for Woody Hayes. But you can only get away with that for so long in the NFL in 2010.
So Cleveland Browns Fans, what do you think? Is Brian Robiskie poised for a breakout season? Or, will he be a costly second round bust?