Camp Battles: Browns receivers
One of this month's most intriguing camp battles is in Cleveland, where the team has three contenders for the No. 1 wide receiver job. Returning starters Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie hold a slim lead over 2011 second-round pick Greg Little for the right to be Colt McCoy's go-to target.
For some fantasy owners, the easiest way to assess the situation would be to wipe all of the Browns receivers off their draft board. After all, no Cleveland wideout has reached the 1,000-yard mark since Braylon Edwards in 2007. And McCoy's inexperience and reported poor arm strength also are reasons for concern.
But new coach Pat Shurmur has promised to make the passing game a priority, and the team is committed to make do with the hand it's holding. At least one of the team's receivers will prove worthy of a fantasy roster spot ... but which one?
It's expected the team will reduce Josh Cribbs' role on offense, allowing him to focus on the return game. This will open the door for players such as Mitchell and Jordan Norwood. Mitchell was a late-round pick a year ago and could work his way up a depth chart that is packed full of unproven players. He's not much of a consideration for fantasy owners at this point, but he could play spoiler to the team's more high-profile receivers if he earns enough reps.
Forget about how many drops Little has had in camp so far -- it's a moot point. The Browns are desperate to find help and can afford to live through Little's growing pains, mostly because he's the best pure talent on the roster. He's bigger than Massaquoi and more productive after the catch than Robiskie.
Plus, fantasy owners should trust the value Little's frame offers near the goal line. In the past three seasons, no Browns player has caught more than three touchdowns. Little has the ability to end that streak quickly.