The Browns added six players to their roster during the draft and none of them play wide receiver.
That struck many people as an odd way to go since they knew going into the draft that wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a lengthy suspension and that reports indicate wide receiver Nate Burleson had surgery to repair a plate in his arm after breaking it last year. General Manager Ray Farmer said that he understood frustration with the state of the wide receiver position, but preached patience because there are “plenty of opportunities” for the team to add receivers.
“We have to build a football team that can win regardless of who is missing. I think that’s the charge that we have,” Farmer said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That’s my job, that’s coach Pettine’s job is to prepare this football team to win games regardless of who’s missing.”
The Browns have reportedly agreed to terms with several undrafted free agent wideouts and there are going to be veterans coming available as teams set their rosters, but concern is understandable when Greg Little and Andrew Hawkins are the top players at the position. Should that concern linger into the fall, it will be harder for Farmer to deflect attention from what the Browns are missing.