BEREA, Ohio— There has been no question the Browns have not had a lot of production from their wide receivers in terms of receptions.
Starters Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie have a combined six receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown. Josh Cribbs is the leading receiver amongst the wide receivers with 12 catches for 167 yards.
Evan Moore, who is listed as a tight end, played wide receiver at Stanford. Mangini was asked Monday if Moore could be used more as a wide receiver. Mangini said Moore was lined up as a wide receiver on his 24-yard touchdown play.
“He has (played wide receiver),” Mangini said. “On the touchdown, he was lined up at the one spot. He’s been out there at times.”
Mangini said it is based on how the defense chooses to defend him.
“However, he is he being treated as a wide receiver or as a tight end is how we can use him?” Mangini said. “Does a corner go out on him or is a safety covering him? You make the defense make a decision on who will cover him.”
T.J. Fallout: There has been a lot of talk about the late hit of T.J. Ward on Jordan Shipley that gave the Bengals a first down on the Browns’ four after an incomplete pass on third-and-7. The Bengals scored a touchdown on the next play to make it 23-20 with 10:44 to play in the game. It was third-and-7 and Palmer threw incomplete for Shipley and Ward hit him in the head with his shoulder.
“He got penalized and that cost us a touchdown,” Mangini said. “It gave them another chance. I talked with T.J. and I don’t want it to take from his aggressiveness, but you can’t put the team in that situation. It gave them a new set of downs and I don’t want our guys hitting guys in the head.”
Mangini admitted it’s a gray area.
“That’s a tough thing,” Mangini said. “The ball was already out when he hit him, but it’s a gray area. You do the best job you can to try and do it the right way.”
Mangini defended Ward as a player.
“T.J. is an aggressive hitter,” he said. “That’s one of the things that you love about him. There are ways you can address that and stay within the rules.
“T.J. is not a dirty guy,” he said. “He’s a young guy, an aggressive guy I’m not going to try to take anything away from him, but he will learn.”
“It’s hard for the safeties because their job is to break up the pass,” Fujita said. “Unless you play gunshy back there, and that’s a tough thing to ask of them.”
Return of Jake: Mangini said Jake Delhomme will most likely be back this week against the Falcons, barring a setback.
“He should practice Wednesday and I feel we have a really good chance this week,” he said. “But, we’ll see how he responds with a bigger load.”
Delhomme was suited up as the third quarterback Sunday for the first time since being injured. Mangin re-iterated Delhomme’s status.
“If he’s healthy, he’ll start,” he said. “Putting Jake in is no knock on Seneca. He has played well and has done a really outstanding job in a pretty tough situation.”
Wallace is 52-of-85 for 554 yards (61.2 pct.) with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His QB rating is 82.2.
Deserving Win: Mangini said that the Browns deserved to win Sunday’s game.
Mangini was asked if doubts were creeping in when the Bengals started to rally.
“It was more of, ‘We’re not letting this happen again’,” he said. “They were angry. There was a sense of no, no, not again. When you know what the mindset is you saw a bunch of guys determined, not that they weren’t before.
“There was no woe is me the first three weeks,” he said. “Let’s keep moving forward and get it fixed. Let’s go do this, finish this and you want to see that rewarded.”