Rookie WRs Robiskie, Stroughter make impressions

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Brian Robiskie had two TD catches from Brady Quinn in red-zone drills. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

Two rookie wide receivers creating buzz at early minicamps and OTAs are Cleveland’s Brian Robiskie (Round 2, No. 36 overall) and Tampa Bay’s Sammie Stroughter (Round 7, No. 233 overall).

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the following when assessing the Browns’ wide receiver situation:

    It’s way too early to say who’s the No. 2 receiver behind Braylon Edwards. But Brian Robiskie didn’t hurt his chances with two TD catches from Brady Quinn in red-zone drills. Robiskie dived to make one in the left corner and caught another underneath coverage inside the goal line. Yes, Robiskie looks as polished as advertised.

Stroughter, a late-round pick out of Oregon State, is already lining up with the No. 1 offense, according to the St. Petersburg Times. He was praised by fellow wideout Michael Clayton.

    “The guy has great feet. He’s caught every ball that’s touched his hands,” Clayton said. “He’s a natural hand-catcher. He snatches it. He’s a smart guy who’s caught onto the offense really well.”

Bucs S Sabby Piscitelli, a former teammate of Stroughter’s at Oregon State, thinks the rookie can be a factor.

    “I don’t want to overhype anyone. But this kid can definitely contribute and help this team win,” Piscitelli said. “That’s just my opinion. He definitely brings something to the table that some don’t. It’s something you can’t explain.”

It would not be unprecedented for Robiskie and Stroughter to become immediate contributors.

The Broncos’ Eddie Royal and the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson, both second-round picks in ’08, had major impacts in their rookie seasons last year. In 2006, seventh-rounder Marques Colston exploded onto the scene with 1,038 receiving yards during his rookie year.

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