Published: June 28th, 2009 | Tags: Braylon Edwards, Brian Orakpo, Brian Robiskie, Byron Leftwich, Cleveland Browns, Donte' Stallworth, Harry Douglas, Joshua Cribbs, Kellen Clemens, La'Roi Glover, Luke McCown, Mark Sanchez, Mike Furrey, Mohamed Massaquoi, NFL Rookie Symposium
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Browns coaches have not routinely addressed the status of jailed and suspended wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth to the team or used his absence as incentive to get players to compete for his spot.
“We’re all aware of it but they don’t bring it up and say this might be or not be or what could happen,” said wide receiver Brian Robiskie, one of two wide receivers drafted by the Browns in the second round (Mohamed Massaquoi is the other). “They just let us go play. They know that with all the receivers we have, there are going to be opportunities for a lot of guys. They just stress for us to go out there and compete.”
Stallworth is serving a 30-day sentence for DUI manslaughter after reaching a plea agreement earlier this month. Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian on March 14 while driving drunk across a causeway that connects Miami Beach with Miami. After reaching the plea deal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Stallworth indefinitely.
Robiskie, who is among 256 draft picks at the NFL Rookie Symposium at PGA National Resort, said that no depth chart was established during offseason workouts, although Braylon Edwards is a set starter at one receiver spot. Cleveland currently has 10 wide receivers on its roster, including Joshua Cribbs and Mike Furrey.
“They’re just rotating everybody in,” Robiskie said. “We haven’t designated a lot of units or guys going in with different groups. They are trying to give everybody opportunities.”
Other tidbits from arrival day at the symposium:
- Recently retired defensive lineman La’Roi Glover said he doesn’t plan to spend his down time being idle. Glover said he will begin pursuit of a masters degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University in the next few months. His goal is to work for the NFL, the NFL Players Association or a team in a non-coaching role.
- Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, a panelist at the symposium, said he has gained more than 15 pounds since entering the league in 2008 as a 170-pounder. Douglas said he hasn’t lost any speed but added some needed upper-body strength. He’s Atlanta’s No. 3 wide receiver and operates mostly from the slot.
- On the issue of weight, Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said he dropped about five pounds but looks smaller because he has lost some of the upper body mass he carried at the draft in April.
- Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez said he feels very good about how he performed in offseason workouts and that he has positioned himself well to earn the starting job. He is competing with Kellen Clemens.
- Tampa Bay rookie QB Josh Freeman admitted he didn’t know exactly where he stood in the pecking order with veterans Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich but he said he felt good about the way he performed in OTAs and minicamps. Freeman added he plans to return to Tampa after the symposium to continue working out so he remains in the thick of the competition to start.
– Steve Wyche