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Have you seen enough?
December 21, 2010 - Mike McLain
Browns fans generally want to see second-year receiver Brian Robiskie succeed, primarily because he's an Ohio State Buckeye.
Unfortunately, for Robiskie and the Browns, it's been a struggle. He had just seven receptions for 106 yards with no touchdowns in his rookie season last year. There have been signs of improvement this season as he's hauled in 25 passes for 240 yards. He had five receptions for 82 yards and his first career touchdown last Sunday against Cincinnati.
Is the improvement this year a sign that Robiskie has turned a corner and is own his way to what will be a successful career? The answer probably won't be known until sometime next season when he's close to the end of his third campaign.
Robiskie isn't considered a big-play receiver with blazing speed. He did have a successful career for the Buckeyes, which is why the Browns selected him high in the second round of the 2009 draft.
Robiskie's play has improved in recent weeks. Jake Delhomme targeted him several times a few weeks ago against the Carolina Panthers. Colt McCoy leaned on Robiskie last Sunday.
Receiver is a difficult position to break into quickly in the NFL. The defensive backs are bigger, faster asnd more physical than what receivers face in college. Many receivers never take the next step, whether it's because of fear of injury or simply the inability to create separation from talented cornerbacks.
I think that there could be a long-term role for Robiskie. He seems to be feeling more comfortable on crossing routes, which are throws that favor McCoy's accuracy. If Robiskie can occasionally get open deep, it would make him more of a threat.
With many decisions facing general manager Tom Heckert in the offseason, he has to decide if Robiskie will be part of the mix. There's no doubt that the offense needs a true number one receiver. If Robiskie isn't in the plan, Heckert might be looking for a couple of receivers in free agency and/or the draft.
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