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Positive signs

May 30, 2010 - Mike McLain

Browns coach Eric Mangini had some words of praise recently for receiver Brian Robiskie, which were a few more than he had last season.

Let's face it: Robsikie, a fan favorite out of Ohio State, made no impact last season. Seven receptions for 106 yards and no touchdowns wasn't what anyone expected from a high second-round draft choice.

Unable to impress the coaches with his play on offense, Robiskie's cause for playing time was further damaged because he's not a head-hunter on special teams. As a result, he was inactive for five games.

Apparently Robiskie has made strides since his rookie season ended. He's showing up during OTA (organized team activity) practices, which led to Mangini's positive comments.

Part of the reason for Robiskie's better practice play is the simple fact that many players make big strides from year one to year two. Another could be that he actually has a quarterback in Jake Delhomme that can hit open targets.

Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson were awful in practice. The theory that the ball shouldn't hit the ground in practice was never learned by either of the two.

Robiskie couldn't be in a better situation. The Browns are far from loaded with talent at receiver (it's the weakest position group on the roster). Beyond second-year player Mohamed Massaquoi, no one is assured of a starting spot.

If the Browns don't add a veteran starter (the free-agent market is about bare), the door is wide open for Robiskie. If he doesn't improve this season, the word "bust" will begin to surface.

For now, things are looking good for Robiskie. Of course, it's late May. Let's see what happens when it begins to count in September.





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