Where’s Joe?

At 6’5″, wide receiver Joe Jurevicius ordinarily is not tough to spot on a football field. Unless he’s in a Browns uniform. After Week 5, he has caught just 6 passes. Granted, one of them was for a touchdown and he has been bothered by bad ribs. A poor offensive line doesn’t help matters much either. Without time, Charlie Frye can’t throw to anybody. Some of the blame can arguably be placed on the line but there’s really no excuse for not getting Jurevicius involved in the offense more. Yet another mistake by much-hated Maurice Carthon.

For whatever reason, the Browns continue to try to get the ball to Dennis Northcutt, who continues to drop passes. Carthon and the offense hardly is even looking in Joe’s direction. After seeing Jurevicius catch the fade route for a touchdown against the Raiders, I was partly in a sense of shock. I almost forgot he was still on our team. Here’s a guy who caught 10 touchdowns last season with the Seahawks. Reuben Droughns and Jerome Harrison each have more receptions this season than Jurevicius. Terry Pluto comments on, among other things, #84’s lack of presence in the offense.

Forget cloning the fullbacks and put wide receiver Joe Jurevicius on the field more often. The guy was good enough to be a regular for the Seattle Seahawks, catching 10 touchdown passes for a team that went to the Super Bowl.

But he has been behind Dennis Northcutt in the past two games.

Don’t even ask why… it’s sort of like the fullback option pass.

You want a couple of inches for a first down? Throw the ball to Jurevicius. He’s 6-foot-5, 232 pounds. He catches nearly everything he touches.

Even the diplomatic Frye said they need to involve Jurevicius more into the offense. Most fans were saying the same thing Sunday.

Numerous times during the Carolina game, I couldn’t help but notice Jurevicius being given a 10-yard cushion on a few occasions. Just throw the ball right to him right after the snap and let him pick up some yards. Same goes for every other Browns receiver. If you see a large cushion being given by the defender, throw it to them right away the way Jake Delhomme utilized Steve Smith. It’s almost an easy 5 yards. Force the defense to tighten up the coverage and set them up for the deep ball. With Carthon at this point, I can only shake my head at his boneheaded offensive philosophy.

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