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Mangini doesn't endorse Massaquoi as a No. 1

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 14, 2009

Browns rookie Mohamed Massaquoi has been the No. 1 receiver since Braylon Edwards was traded to the New York Jets on Oct. 7. But Massaquoi, the 50th pick in the draft, didn't receive a ringing endorsement from coach Eric Mangini Monday when he was asked if he views Massaquoi as a No. 1 receiver.

Massaquoi is second on the team with 29 receptions for 546 yards (18.8 average) and two touchdowns.

''A little bit of that is going to depend on his continued development,'' Mangini said. ''Often times the second year is very different for a guy than the first year. Everything right now is so new for these guys. Most of them aren’t even playing football at this point, or they’re getting ready for a bowl game. It’s a pretty big transition.

''Coming in the second year, they know the coaches. They know the area. They have a place to live. They are familiar with the system. It’s just so much more familiarity, which often times lets them focus on playing, as opposed to figuring out where they’re going and what they’re doing.''


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