Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:17am
He's been called a journeyman and a survivor.
Hagan didn't play in 2013 after the Buccaneers released him following training camp. He continued to train, but wondered whether he'd get another shot. Then the Titans, who saw a couple of their undrafted wideouts go down with injuries, asked him to town for a workout. They signed him to a one-year deal.
Is it realistic to think Hagan could make the roster? Anyone who watched the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder participate in minicamp last month saw that he definitely looked the part.
"You can just tell he knows what he is doing," cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson said. "He knows how to get open and things like that. He really impressed me right off the bat."
According to the story, one thing working in Hagan's favor is there are no locks to make the Titans roster after Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. Michael Preston and Marc Mariani are considered next in line, while another journeyman, Brian Robiskie, also is trying to continue his career. Hagan is a ways away from being fantasy relevant, however.
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:11pm
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Sunday, December 9, 2012, 10:02am
Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is optimistic his young receivers can get something going tonight in Lambeau Field.
"They're all very capable," Linehan said. "I'm very excited for their opportunity. They're all guys that are in the NFL for a reason. All of them have been drafted and been with other teams and now with ours. They all have unique skill sets. Mike Thomas has got speed, and we're going to play him some in some different positions. He'll be able to, I think, take over some of our slot since we've lost our two slot receivers. Brian Robiskie's been a guy that's a very good route runner, a student of the game, excellent hands.
"And then Kris Durham, he's the guy that we brought in. We had very good grades on him coming out of college and ended up going to Seattle, and then, when he was available, brought him in knowing that he was going to give us a receiver with size. We got Calvin, but to be able have a receiver 6-foot-5 on the outside that can build speed down the field, I think gives us another dimension that we haven't had on the field. So I think all three of them bring something pretty unique to the table."
Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 7:24pm
One of the most disastrous early-round picks in Browns history has been waived. WR Brian Robiskie, a second-round selection in 2009, was sent packing when RB Thomas Clayton was signed. Robiskie (39 career receptions, 3 TD) regressed until finally falling out of favor this season and did not play Sunday
Rookie Greg Little will start at wideout and move into the slot in three-receiver sets. Tight end Evan Moore won’t just be used in the red zone and will see his playing time increase. Running back Peyton Hillis will get the majority of the carries.
These are the personnel adjustments coach Pat Shurmur has revealed coming out of the Browns’ bye week. All are an effort to get the team’s best playmakers on the field as much as possible.
“When I look back at a four-game total of play there are certain guys that need to get on the field more,” Shurmur said Monday, including starting tight end Benjamin Watson and receiver Joshua Cribbs in that group.
While the complex offenses of today’s NFL require multiple personnel packages and formations to keep the defense on its toes, the best offenses have staples they rely on snap in and snap out. The Browns are hoping they’ve identified those in Watson (who played nearly every snap in 2010), Little, Hillis and possibly Massaquoi.
While the premise of the Browns' bye-week adjustments sounds good -- get playmakers on the field more -- it sounds like Shurmur wants to get a number of players more playing time and there are only so many snaps to go around. Little was already seeing starter's snaps, so it's going to take a shift in offensive philosophy (i.e. more targets) for him to become a solid fantasy starter, though he certainly has the potential to do so. Moore has been purely a red zone player thus far, but it appears he's going to take Alex Smith's snaps and see more work outside of the red zone. We're also expecting Brian Robiskie's playing time to decrease so that Josh Cribbs can see the field more often.
But back to Hillis, who has had an up-and-down 2011 thus far. It's good to hear that Shurmur plans to use him as the lead back, though if Montario Hardesty starts to hit the waiver wire, Hillis owners should take this opportunity to acquire the handcuff.
Monday, September 19, 2011, 9:51am
Those three guys were targeted with 15 passes from Colt McCoy, and they caught 12.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 1:53pm
Monday, August 29, 2011, 2:55pm
This post is missing the popular name of Greg Little, who appears to be a backup for now.
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 4:14pm
Vic Carruci of ClevelandBrowns.com: "I feel good about the Browns’ receivers. I’ll admit I wasn’t as confident about them at the start of training camp as I am now. But I think this is, at the very least, a solid receiving corps, and it might even be a little bit better than that. The bottom line is that all of the receivers who have been practicing and playing in the preseason are the right fit for the West Coast offense. They’re bigger, stronger guys who can make tough catches over the middle and athletic catches along the sidelines and in the end zone. Rookie Greg Little is the real deal. There’s also some really good competition, especially between Brian Robiskie and Jordan Norwood. And the bonus will be getting Mohamed Massaquoi back from his foot injury."
Thursday, August 18, 2011, 12:52pm
"I like Brian," HC Pat Shurmur said. "I think he has a chance to be very successful for us."
The third-year pro out of Chagrin Falls High School and Ohio State is listed No. 1 on the depth chart at one of the receiver spots (Josh Cribbs is No. 1 at the other receiver spot while Mohamed Massaquoi recovers from a foot injury) and hopes to improve on last season's 29 catches for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Those 29 receptions were fifth best on the team last season, behind Massaquoi's 36.
Robiskie, who will start Friday night against the Detroit Lions in the second preseason game, already can tell this offense is much more receiver-friendly than that of former coach Eric Mangini.
"It's completely different than what we had last year," said Robiskie, who seemed to be really coming on at the end of last season when he got a chance to play with quarterback Colt McCoy. "The receivers are a lot more involved. For me, it's been a matter of learning it and making sure I'm exact in what I'm doing."
Robiskie made sure he took part in all four off-season workouts organized by McCoy.
"We were already behind the eight ball a little bit with the new offense and new guys coming in, so we wanted to make sure we got a head start and that when we came into camp we could hit the ground running," Robiskie said.
"Anytime you can get together with guys and work on timing routes, work on those basic fundamentals coming into camp, it gives you a head start. It did for us. A lot of the stuff we went over when we got here, we had already worked on."
"I would say Robiskie has been very steady," Shurmur said. "You can say that a lot about what he is. He's just a steady guy in terms of his personality, his performance, being on time and doing the right thing. He's had a steady camp, and I think that speaks well to him."
Monday, August 1, 2011, 1:51am
Little, Cleveland's second-round pick, was thrust into the starting lineup on Sunday's second day of camp because of injuries to receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) and Josh Cribbs, who went down early in practice with a possible leg muscle strain and didn't return. Carlton Mitchell also left practice early with a shoulder injury.
Little, who had been operating as the third or fourth wideout, was suddenly starting opposite Brian Robiskie in two-receiver sets - and looking solid in drills.
Little is worth considering in the later rounds if he wins a starting job. Colt McCoy needs a number one receiver, and Little has more potential than anyone else on the Cleveland roster.
Saturday, July 30, 2011, 8:26pm
But Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said that the injuries to Massaquoi (foot) and guard Eric Steinbach (knee) are "nothing we feel is serious.'' Both players are on the non-football injury list and still active.
Shurmur said the timeline of Massaquoi's injury is a little fuzzy and didn't specify how it happened. Massaquoi, who caught balls from the JUGS machine after practice, declined to discuss the injury.
Monday, July 11, 2011, 11:27am
It's doubtful the Browns will use Joshua Cribbs much as a wide receiver. They want to sort through the group of Mohamed Massaquoi, Greg Little, Brian Robiskie and Carlton Mitchell (the front office likes him a lot). But they will have open competition for a slot receiver, and Cribbs could be in that mix along with Jordan Norwood and perhaps a veteran who is signed.
One of those 90-and-muggy August practices had just ended when Delhomme began raving about Brian Robiskie.
People don’t realize how good this kid is at adjusting to the ball when it is in the air, the old quarterback said.
Then Robiskie went back into the cave where he lived as a 2009 rookie.
Through 10 regular-season games, the 36th pick of the 2009 draft caught nine passes for 81 yards.
On Sunday, however, the former Ohio State Buckeye made one of the best touchdown catches you’ll ever see at the end of a once-in-a-blue-moon gadget.
Colt McCoy went to the bench for a play, replaced by Seneca Wallace. After a complicated pre-snap shift, Wallace made a simple handoff to Peyton Hillis, who pitched to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who took a few steps, straightened up, and let fly a pass to the corner of the end zone. Cornerback Chris Carr seemed to have the best chance at the high floater. Robiskie took a hustling, arcing path to the ball, while Carr dropped out of the picture. Even then, the ball seemed uncatchable, even if it hadn’t been such a cold day.
Robiskie dove. His arms were nearly on the ground when he looked the ball into his outstretched palms. He quickly curled it into his right bicep and tucked it into his body as he thudded in front of the Dawg Pound.
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