BEREA, Ohio—Many Browns fans continue to ask why Evan Moore isn't more involved in the game plan earlier in the game. He seems to be the guy the Browns have confidence to go to late in games. The question is why don't they use him sooner?
"I don't have the exact answers," Moore said. "All I do is go out and do everything I can when the opportunities come my way. We all want to contribute."
Thus far in 2010, Moore has 14 receptions for 306 yards with one touchdown. With the lack of production at the wide receiver position, it seems the 6-6, 250-pound second-year player from Stanford would be a perfect fit. He certainly has the size and leaping ability to go up and get passes thrown over the much shorter defensive backs. His 21.9-yard average is the highest on the team, but he only has five receptions in the last four games.
Moore had three receptions for 87 yards in the season opener against Tampa Bay. He had four receptions for 84 yards against Pittsburgh.
He had a 17-yard reception against New England to set up a score as he went up and hauled in the pass from Colt McCoy over a shorter defensive back. He had a huge catch for 18 yards against the Jets to the three-yard line to set up the tying touchdown to send the game into overtime. To make the catch more impressive, he took the ball away from Darrelle Revis, considered by many to be the best cornerback in the NFL.
Moore had three catches against the Jaguars last week for 69 yards including a 38-yard grab to set up the go ahead field goal. He also caught a 22-yard pass in the final drive.
Eric Mangini was asked earlier this week why Moore isn't used more in the early portions of the games.
"If you don't have sustained drives, you don't have opportunities," Mangini said. "What you don't want to do is say, ‘We're going to throw him the ball—and it's into coverage.' You've got to throw the guy who is open based on the scheme."
It still seems that the Browns could dictate some of those opportunities by getting Moore involved from the beginning of the game.
Delhomme to Start: Eric Mangini named Jake Delhomme as the starter for Sunday's game. Eric Barton, Kenyon Coleman and Shaun Rogers returned to practice on Friday. Scott Fujita, Colt McCoy and Eric Wright did not practice Thanksgiving Day. The three players that missed Friday have not been ruled out, but usually when players miss all three days of practice they are inactive on Sunday.
Cribbs Should Play: Mangini said that he is ‘pretty optimistic' that Josh Cribbs will play in some capacity on Sunday. Cribbs missed last week's game at Jacksonville, but if he plays is not expected to receive the full workload he has had prior to dislocating his toes against the Jets.