Thursday, July 30, 2009

Let the battle begin

By Jeff Schudel
Now that Brian Robiskie has agreed to a four-year contract the Browns can get down to the business of finding a running mate for Braylon Edwards. Had Robiskie held out he would have had a difficult time overtaking fellow second-round pick Mohamed Massaquoi. Massaquoi could win the job anyway, but now it won't be because Robiskie couldn't practice.

A key to getting all eight rookies signed was making them report a full week before the veterans, who are due to report Friday, one day before training camp starts. The three sixth-round picks signed contracts weeks ago, but the top five did not start falling into place until the rookies had to report.

The battle to be the No. 2 receiver should carry over into the third preseason game. Both rookies looked sharp in minicamp, but that was in shorts and a T-shirt. If I had to say one player is ahead heading into camp it would be Robiskie. He displayed good hands and his route-running looked crisp in the June minicamp.


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