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Mangini on Edwards trade

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2009 – 3:39 pm

Browns head coach Eric Mangini just spoke to the Buffalo media on his weekly conference call and gave his thoughts on why Cleveland pulled the trigger on a Braylon Edwards trade with the Jets this morning.

“I thought this was a chance for a fresh start for Braylon and I thought it was good for us both short term and long term,” said Mangini. “We got a slot receiver in Chansi Stuckey and he’s developed and was a starter prior to us acquiring him. I know him well. He’s got good hands and quickness and a smart guy. And he’s a young guy that can continue to develop. Jason Trusnik gives us depth at linebacker and helps us on special teams. With the draft picks that will obviously help us in the future. We thought this was a good opportunity.”

I asked Mangini how much the emergence of rookie WR Mohammed Massaquoi, especially this past week (8 catches, 148 yards), might have made the trade easier for the Browns to make. He responded as follows.

“Mohammed has been doing good things throughout the preseason and regular season,” said Mangini. “He just hasn’t gotten a lot of balls and a lot of opportunities and last week when he did I was really pleased with that. We have Brian Robiskie as well and he didn’t get in the first three games, but was in the last one mostly on special teams. I’m excited to see what he can do.”

Massaquoi is the most likely candidate to emerge as the team’s number one WR, with fellow rookie Robiskie and vet Mike Furrey fighting for the number two role and Chansi Stuckey the likely slot option. Special teams ace Josh Cribbs figures to be a factor as well.

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