In some ways, Chris Givens is the exact kind of receiver that the Andy Reid version of the West Coast Offense has utilized since the big guy entered the NFL’s head coaching ranks in 1999.
In his first two years in Kansas City, Reid didn’t have an all-around receiver better than Jordan Matthews (sorry, Dwayne Bowe), but he did have at least one guy who could run straight down the field and draw safety help. You've probably heard it referred to as the 'X' receiver, i.e., the guy who lines up on the line of scrimmage on the weak side of the formation, the side without the tight end.
The position of WR is a cause for concern in Philly and outside of Matthews there isn't a ton of fantasy potential right now. But things can change. Givens likely isn't going to be a starter but it seems the team will try to use his speed and mix him in with Agholor and Randle on the outside with Matthews mostly in the slot.
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Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday.
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Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 1. A healthy Bowe isn’t a good fantasy option these days, and a gimpy Bowe is even less attractive.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Bowe is expected to play, but isn’t a good start against the Jets.
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Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bowe is expected to play, but isn’t a good start against the Jets.
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Bowe and Johnson have both missed Cleveland's first two exhibition games and are hoping to be on the field next Saturday when the Browns play at Tampa Bay. A nine-year veteran, Bowe said the time off has helped heal his body.
Johnson has had hamstring issues since high school, but Miami's career rushing leader doesn't think the missed time has been any setback.
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Browns wide receivers coach Joker Phillips said Sunday that Pryor certainly has the talent and willingness to succeed as a wide receiver in the NFL. Now, the 26-year-old former Oakland quarterback just needs to find the consistency in his technique.
Despite the learning curve he faces, Pryor is turning heads in training camp - not just for his size, but for the skillset he is already displaying. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver towers over his teammates at the position, and all have been impressed with his work ethic thus far.
Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe even went so far to say last week that there was ''no doubt'' Pryor would make the final roster.
Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:32pm
MManamon: I’m going with Brian Hartline. Dwayne Bowe, to me, has never consistently lived up to the moniker of the No. 1 receiver. He’s had good seasons, but not great ones year after year. He did not have a single touchdown last season and he was targeted 93 times, just less than six per game, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
After catching 72 and 81 passes in 2010 and ’11, Bowe has caught 59, 57 and 60 the last three seasons. Whether it’s a function of the Kansas City offense or whether it’s a function of Bowe being in a decline will play out. Andy Reid is a pretty good offensive coach and he preferred Jeremy Maclin.
Hartline’s receptions in Miami dropped in 2014 as well, from 74 and 76 in 2012 and ’13 to 47 in ’14. But unlike Bowe, Hartline’s targets dropped precipitously.
In 2013 and 2012, he was targeted 130 and 125 times. Last season he was thrown to 62 times.
McManamon has some questions about where Bowe is at this stage of his career, while Hartline is just a year removed from a career season. The author added that Hartline's hard-nosed, consistent play will certainly help the Browns in terms of what they can expect. Our rankings disagree with this, though, and we project Bowe to have a much better season.
Browns writer Nathan Zegura said that WR Taylor Gabriel "has been the star of the offseason." Zegura went on to say, "He is going to push to be a starter in two-wide receiver sets. He has been that good, consistently generating separation and getting down the field against all comers."
We reached out to Zegura on Twitter and asked him to rank Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel in expected 2015 receiving yardage and he replied: "So tough. Depends on if Gabriel can win #2 job. Right now, I'd go Bowe, Hawk, Gabriel, Hartline. Gabriel could lead if he becomes an every down WR." This is a camp battle to monitor. For now, consider adding Gabriel in the waning rounds. His big-play ability makes him an ideal candidate for best ball formats.
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