This time last year, the Cleveland Browns were looking at the possibility of having a returning Josh Gordon, a rising star in quarterback-turned-receiver Terrelle Pryor and talented rookie Corey Coleman.
One year later and Gordon is still inactive by the league, Pryor is a Washington Redskin and Coleman is dealing with an injury after a fall in OTAs.
In Pryor’s place is veteran Kenny Britt, whom the Browns signed as a free agent in the offseason. Britt had just over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns for the Rams last season.
Outside of Britt and Coleman, the wide receiver depth chart is full of 2016 draftees who did not make much of an impact last year. Those receivers are Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins, Jordan Payton and Ricardo Louis. Others vying for a spot in camp are James Wright, Leslie Jordan, Mario Alford, Rannell Hall, Josh Boyce and Richard Mullaney.
At tight end, the Browns are young and athletic with first-round pick David Njoku and Randall Telfer, who missed last season due to injury. Seth DeValve will be fighting to keep a spot on the team.
The Browns are counting on Coleman to be their No. 1 wide receiver in place of Pryor. But if Coleman can’t stay healthy or meet the team’s expectations, expect a lot of work for Britt and Njoku this season in the passing game. The Browns need Higgins, Payton and or Louis to make a leap in their second season to help the offense.
Position grades: WRs – C; Tight ends – B+