Coming into the 2015 offseason, one of the most obvious holes on the Cleveland Browns roster was wide receiver. While players such as Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel were serviceable, each lacked the ideal height of an NFL wideout. This, plus yet another suspension knocking Josh Gordon out of service, made receiver a gigantic area of need.
At the end of free agency, many believed Cleveland hardly did anything to improve this position.
The team signed Dwayne Bowe who, while talented, is coming off a season without a single touchdown catch. The Browns also drafted wideout Vince Mayle out of Washington State, who has the size but is coming off thumb surgery and already had an issue with dropped passes before that. Cleveland is also giving Terrelle Pryor a trial run at becoming a receiver, which is currently being met with rave reviews.
Other than these moves, the only other acquisition of note was signing former Miami Dolphin Brian Hartline. While local college football fans loved the signing thanks to Hartline’s days at Ohio State, the move itself wasn’t met with much fanfare.
If Browns training camp is any indication, people might be changing their opinion of this signing pretty soon. Just a few days in, Hartline is proving he could be a legit playmaker for Cleveland.