Cleveland Browns wide receiver/two-time Pro Bowl kick returner
Cribbs is waiting in anticipation for the start of training camp as the team will continue its preparations for the 2012 regular season, one in which they will face off against 2011 playoff teams in eight games.
“The team looks really (good), especially with our new additions coming in,” Cribbs said. “I’m very anxious to get pads on so I can see how the running back,
Richardson came to the Browns with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after he ran for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns in his junior season at the University of Alabama. Cribbs was asked about the abilities Richardson showed during the team’s minicamp practices and organized team activities throughout the months of May and June.
“He doesn’t look ordinary,” Cribbs said. “You can always tell there’s something special about a person once he touches the football, but that’s why I said I just can’t wait until we get pads on. You see that once he gets the ball in his hands, how he makes certain cuts, moves and his vision through the hole, you can definitely tell he’s a football player and the NFL is very different from college.”
Cribbs comes into the 2012 season after a career year offensively.
Without the benefit of an offseason to learn the West Coast offense under then-first year Browns coach Pat Shurmur, Cribbs still put up the best numbers of his career as a wide receiver. He caught 41 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns.
Cribbs entered last year with 59 catches, 580 yards and three touchdowns in his previous six NFL seasons combined.
“I don’t feel like I’ve proven my point because there’s always, ‘Can I be a second or first-string wide receiver?’” Cribbs said. “It’s going to be tough. I’m going to have my work cut out for me, but where there’s a way, there’s a will and I will make a way to get the ball in my hands.
“Whenever I’m able to make a play, I will and that’s the thing about playing wide receiver. You have to be able to step up when the quarterback throws you the ball and make a play for him. It’s my job to go above and beyond at all levels, to show them I can return and still score touchdowns, as well as catch passes for the offense.”
At the conclusion of his interview with Cribbs, Rome asked about the trip to Omaha, Neb., to see the Kent State baseball team compete in its first-ever College World Series. The Golden Flashes lost their opening game, but rebounded to eliminate the University of Florida, a Southeastern Conference powerhouse and the No. 1 overall seed heading into the tournament.
Always one to show his support for his alma mater, Cribbs wore a Kent State baseball cap and football shirt during the interview.
“The trip was great,” Cribbs said. “I wanted Kent State to be supported out there. They were a long way from home. The guys deserved the respect. They’re finally getting it. They’re always a top team contender in the MAC and NCAA and never got the credit until now. I just wanted to make sure they were represented out there and represented well with support. We were hollering and yelling for them from our seats and everybody heard us and the team heard us. A lot of teams didn’t expect them to make it this far, but our Flashes did pretty well.”