Here’s a good example of a player making good use of the lockout: Cleveland receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, knowing he couldn’t get any coaching from the Browns’ staff, has instead spent time with many of the best wide receivers in the league over the last few months.
Massaquoi told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’s been able to arrange sessions with Cincinnati’s Chad Ochocinco, Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and New England’s Wes Welker.
“I’m looking at this as a fresh start and I wanted to learn from the best,” Massaqoui said. “I wanted to be able to start from scratch and be able to use what they know to help me.”
Massaquoi traveled all over the country for the opportunity to work out with some of the best receivers in the league, and he said he’s making a point of watching what makes each of those receivers special.
“If you watch Chad, you watch his feet,” Massaquoi said. “You watch Larry and you see how he adjusts to certain balls. You watch Calvin, how smooth and controlled he is at all times. Hines and Wes Welker, they understand the game so well. It’s not always about just running out there and running a route. They really understand what they’re doing out there.”
Ultimately, Massaquoi says, his offseason has been about learning from players who are better than he is, and starting to do things the way they do things.
“There’s a reason that they’re in the league as long as they are,” Massaquoi said. “You really can’t fix what you don’t know. You see how those guys go about their business, how they work, how they’re running routes and how they’re adjusting to certain things and it’s completely different.”