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Jordan Norwood claims slot receiver role in Cleveland

Jordan Norwood, Eric Hagg AP

It’s that time of training camp when some position battles start to get settled.

In Cleveland, upstart second year receiver Jordan Norwood has locked down the team’s slot receiver job, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

The starting wideouts on the outside will be some combination of Mohammed Massaquoi, rookie Greg Little, and Brian Robiskie.  Massaquoi looked like the safest bet, but he hasn’t been healthy at all.

We thought Eric Mangini was building a tough team in Cleveland last year. Now they have completely different schemes on both sides of the ball.

Maybe it will work.  Maybe it will set the franchise back a bit.  There is an opportunity for the Browns to surprise this year because they play the NFC West out of conference.

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21 Responses to “Jordan Norwood claims slot receiver role in Cleveland”
  1. Matt Revel says: Aug 19, 2011 11:32 AM

    They have a very real chance to go into their bye week with a 3-1 record assuming they aren’t too bad. Bengals week 1, Colts week 2 (could be a win assuming Peyton isn’t back), Dolphins week 3, and the Raiders week 4. After the bye it gets tough but by that time they could have enough momentum in their favor to at least put together an 8-8 season.

    As for Norwood, he’s been very impressive in camp and I’m glad to see him have a chance. The West Coast Offense should fit his skill set well.

  2. cclautti says: Aug 19, 2011 11:38 AM

    “set them back”? honestly i am a browns fan, they cant get worse, they can only get better, and with a coach in there that actually talks to his players and knows what he is doing, a potentially very good offense and solid d, it is very refreshing the browns WILL surprise this year possibly with 7+ wins!!!

  3. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 19, 2011 11:44 AM

    Not overly surprised. The Norwoods are driven athletes. I’ve seen Jordan play since HS. Two years ago he was, imo, the best receiver on that PSU team a few years ago, even though the other guys got all the pub.

  4. corydscott says: Aug 19, 2011 11:53 AM

    Jordan Norwood walked on to PSU and through hard work and toughness carved out one of the best careers a PSU WR has ever had. Statistically, he’s on par or better than #1 recruit Derrick Williams.

    I have no doubt he’ll be good for the Browns.

  5. mattyc says: Aug 19, 2011 12:03 PM

    Norwood is solid. While many seem to think the Browns are lacking at WR, I think it is a strength, especially when you add the receiving abilities of Ben Watson, Evan Moore, Jordan Cameron @ TE & Hillis, Hardesty, & Jackson @ RB. Colt has a lot of weapons to use & a Top 5 OL in front of him to give him time to go through his progressions.

    All the Browns question marks are on D. LB depth isn’t good nor is the Safety depth. They shore up those two spots & I would be confident in saying they have a real chance at taking 2nd in the North & hitting a Wildcard spot

  6. b7p19 says: Aug 19, 2011 12:29 PM

    WE ARE..!!!

  7. 611jmp says: Aug 19, 2011 12:47 PM

    “The starting wideouts on the outside will be some combination of Mohammed Massaquoi, rookie Greg Little, and Brian Robiskie. ” I would not be so sure. Josh Cribbs has been in the mix unless someting changed this week.

  8. football58 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:06 PM

    The worst wideouts in the league, no chance at winning more than 5 games. Fumbillis will break his leg in the first few weeks because of the Madden curse. Also the worst player ever on the cover of Madden.

  9. wryly1 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:06 PM

    I’ll give Browns some kudos for their commitment to building through the draft with their own young guys.

    They had plenty of money and opportunity to bring in other teams veteran free agents, but chose to stick to their plan.

  10. We'reFineThere says: Aug 19, 2011 1:07 PM

    ha… I remember when Norwood won the PSU-wide Facebook Bracket challenge because his cousin played for George Mason

  11. godofwine330 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:19 PM

    I went down to Browns camp the day that Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan were there, unfortunately, Norwood was hurt that day and didn’t practice.

    I am rooting for the guy. We need a breakout receiver, no matter where he came from or where he was drafted…or not drafted. If he can do it, run good routes, not drop passes, block downfield for the running backs then I am good with him being the receiver.

  12. zinn22 says: Aug 19, 2011 2:38 PM

    “We thought Eric Mangini was building a tough team in Cleveland last year. Now they have completely different schemes on both sides of the ball.”

    This is laughable. The Browns did nto start playing with any effort until Holmgren joined at the end of the 2009 season. The only erason the Browns played hard was Holmgren and Rob Ryan.

    Mangini did everything he could to sabotage the team. Read the recent yahoo article detailing the latest Mangini scandal. where is was revealed Mangini would not let his coaches speck to McCoy last year and always gave McCoy the gameplan on Wednesdays when the other QB’s would get it on Monday’s. All because Mangini was against drafting McCoy. This false pride and ego was the reason why he was hated by Jet players and Brown players. The man like all Beleicheck disciples thinks everyone should bow to him and give him the respect he has not earned.

    One day Belicheck disciples will learn that one gets respect from treating people with respect not from treating them poorly. The old HC philosophy of scaring and intimidating players is a style that for the most part does not work in todays NFL,

  13. couldntthinkofaname says: Aug 19, 2011 2:48 PM

    “Mangini did everything he could to sabotage the team.”

    Jealous that he was stepping into territory where Browns fans usually operate? Seriously, look who’s talking. Worst fans in the league and you’ll run off Shurmer and McCoy before the end of the 2012 season. It’s how you so-called fans roll.

    On the other hand, maybe Colt will get injured. You guys seem to get off on your QBs laying on the ground in pain.

  14. hbdbrowns33 says: Aug 19, 2011 2:49 PM

    football58 says:
    Aug 19, 2011 1:06 PM
    The worst wideouts in the league, no chance at winning more than 5 games. Fumbillis will break his leg in the first few weeks because of the Madden curse. Also the worst player ever on the cover of Madden.

    Um Vince Young??

  15. ljl2 says: Aug 19, 2011 3:20 PM

    worst fans in the league? there’s browns fans all over the country. not to mention the fact the team has been, generally, awful and still has had a sold out stadium every week. what makes browns fans awful exactly?

  16. football58 says: Aug 19, 2011 3:29 PM

    Vince Young has a winning record as a QB genius, something Fumbillis or the Browns are a long way from doing.

  17. hbdbrowns33 says: Aug 19, 2011 3:47 PM

    who does Vince Young start for again? Oh no one because he got benched for Kerry Collins and no one wanted him so hes a backup.

  18. hbdbrowns33 says: Aug 19, 2011 3:51 PM

    He also has a completion percentage under 58 and has thrown as many INTs 42 as TDs so theres that.

  19. football58 says: Aug 19, 2011 4:26 PM

    And he wins games! Something Browns fans can’t have a taste of.

  20. hbdbrowns33 says: Aug 19, 2011 5:25 PM

    1. Who is he winning games for because hes not a starter.
    2. He has a winning record but hes started in just over half of his career 80 games.
    3. And my personal favorite if hes a winner then why has he NEVER won a playoff game?

  21. kingtrukr says: Aug 19, 2011 6:32 PM

    Good for Norwood… You’ve got to like what you’ve seen from the kid thus far this season in both practice and the preseason game. I was maybe looking for Cribbs to take over full time wide receiver duties and Norwood to become the Browns return specialist but this will work too. I have to admit that it surprises me but it’s finally looking like the Browns are going to try to get the ball in the hands of their play makers. What’s even more surprising is the Browns actually seem to have a play maker or two. I’m still not looking for much improvement in the team’s overall record but they should be more competitive and fun to watch at the very least.

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