Browns WR Brian Robiskie made tremendous progress between his college freshman season (only one reception) and his sophomore year, when he emerged as a starter and caught 29 passes for the Buckeyes. Robiskie caught only seven passes as a rookie, and the Browns now see the player they hoped for when picking him in the second round in 2009.
If the Browns were to give an award for an MVP of the different minicamps, receiver Brian Robiskie would be the winner. As one Browns coach said: "He started strong, and then got better. He never let up. He's made a huge jump." The Browns say Robiskie now "runs" the pass routes, rather than going through them "robotically," as he did his rookie season. He earned the respect of veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme, who told the coaches how Robiskie is "exactly where he should be at exactly the right time."
The Browns believe Robiskie will continue to be effective once real football begins with blocking and tackling. Robiskie is not a pure speed receiver. His quickness is above average, but he also has the strength to fight off defensive backs and create room to get open. Some "track guys" look good in the summer, then fade once they are physically challenged in the fall. That should not be the case with the Ohio State product.
Even if Robiskie is #2 on the WR depth chart, Josh Cribbs will have the bigger fantasy impact - especially in return yardage leagues - because of the various ways the Browns get the ball in his hands.