Cleveland Browns: 5 keys vs. the Miami Dolphins
To win a game without explosive rookie receiver Corey Coleman, the Browns are going to have to find some other source of production at the receiver position. If the offense is able to move the ball consistently and give Kessler confidence early on, it will be time for Jackson and offensive assistant Pep Hamilton to look to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor down the field.
Pryor has shown his ability to make contested catches on deep throws in the first two games. Though he has made explosive plays at times, the Browns haven’t used him to the extent that he could reach his full potential. He has a lot more to contribute to this passing attack, and without Coleman, this is his moment to shine.
Obviously, the Browns can’t become too predictable in going to Pryor, so they must incorporate others such as tight end Gary Barnidge, receiver Andrew Hawkins and rookie receiver Rashard Higgins into the offense. But it is clear which receiver on this offense is most capable of giving the Browns the explosive plays they will need to win this game. Hopefully, some of these can come in the end zone, and Pryor can give the Browns a much-needed jolt and finish a drive or two.
For the offense to come together with a rookie quarterback under center, a lot has to happen. Not only does the offense need to find a rhythm early and gain consistency, they must have a deep threat later on to balance the offense out and put points on the board.
For the Browns this week, this comes in the form of Pryor, and Cleveland should not be shy to use the play making target.