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Hubbard wins out

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 30, 2008

In Saturday's final cuts, Browns general manager Phil Savage kept Paul Hubbard, a sixth-round pick from Wisconsin and a converted track star, over Travis Wilson and Steve Sanders.

Wilson was a third-round choice in 2006, Cleveland native Sanders spent 2007 on the practice squad and could land there again.

''Paul has some future in terms of his ability from a size, speed standpoint,'' Savage said. ''Is he there yet? No, but he's got the kind of talent we want to hang onto right now.''

Much of the training camp spotlight centered on the battle for the fourth and fifth receiver spots behind Braylon Edwards, Donte' Stallworth and Joshua Cribbs, a Pro Bowler on special teams used little on offense last year. But Savage downplayed the importance of the third receiver role because Tim Carter caught only eight passes in that spot in 2007.

That might not be well received by the player slated for that spot, Joe Jurevicius, who is trying to fight back after four surgeries on his right knee since January, three for a staph infection. Syndric Steptoe, a seventh-round pick in 2007 from Arizona, won the job in his absence, followed by Hubbard.

''It's important because because it gives us a chance to play three wide receivers plus (tight end) Kellen (Winslow),'' Savage said. ''It's not that important when (tight end) Steve Heiden goes in and Kellen becomes like the third receiver.''

As for Jurevicius, who will spend the first six weeks on the physically unable to perform list, Savage said, ''The expectation is he will be back at some point during the year.''


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