Josh Cribbs is one of the most explosive players on the Cleveland Browns roster. He has contributed in the past at wideout, return man and as quarterback in the “Flash” package, but Cribbs will likely be seeing his role change under new head coach Pat Shurmur.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto says that the team will not use Cribbs as a wide receiver this year. His only chance at getting on the field as a pass catcher will be competing for a job in the slot.
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.
Perhaps the move to keep Cribbs away from receiver will benefit him in the long run. Not having to worry about the offensive side of the ball will allow Cribbs to focus on his return game. Chicago Bears stud returner Devin Hester saw his production as a return man drop off once becoming a full time receiver.
It seems that the Browns are trying to avoid that situation with Cribbs and allow him to be the dynamic game changer that they need on special teams.