Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Cribbs watched himself on film the day after the Detroit preseason game making a 30-yard sideline catch and felt like he was having an out-of-body experience.
"I definitely looked at that play when I caught the ball and I was like, 'Hey, look at him! Look at that guy!' " Cribbs said. "I was just kind of looking at myself in the third person. I saw the growth and saw how far I had come at being a wide receiver - being comfortable, begging for the football, just wanting it and having that drive of being a legitimate wide receiver."
Besides lining up at receiver in different formations - with two, three and four receivers - Cribbs will also still get reps in the "flash" package and Seneca Wallace's "cyclone" package - both versions of the wildcat. But defenses have more to think about now.
"I'm not just the gadget guy anymore," he said. "I'm a legitimate receiver. A lot of it has to do with coach believing in me, saying 'you're the man, so strap up.' I feel somewhat of a swag about myself, but at the same time staying humble enough to be on my responsibilities."
Cleveland wouldn't mind seeing Cribbs emerge as a full-time threat at receiver given the team's overall lack of options at the position. Someone needs to help Mohamed Massaquoi. However, Cribbs will probably continue in his role as Mr. Versatility and only be a big fantasy threat in return yardage leagues.