Cleveland Browns wide receiver
When Massaquoi reported for training camp last month, he was healthy and ready to participate in the practices at the team’s Berea training facility.
Last July, Massaquoi reported for camp in a walking boot and struggled through some nagging injuries throughout the season. Even with the physical issues, he caught 31 passes for 384 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m healthy, so first-and-foremost, I feel good to run around out there,” Massaquoi said. “I’m able to compete every day in practice and it’s just fun being out there and competing with the guys.”
When asked about the similarities between Massaquoi and running back
“Last year, they both came into camp limping and limited and then, they had to try to work their way into the lineup starting the preseason hurt,” Shurmur recalled. “I think we’ll all agree that they both came into camp in shape and healthy and they were able to improve their game instead of getting themselves healthy and I think that’s important because there is a lot of learning. There’s a lot of things going on now that you can’t do during the season and you can’t do in the preseason because it’s a game you play with pads on.”
During the offseason, the Browns selected wide receivers
He said the younger players are pushing the veterans, “which is good.”
“I just want to have a good year this year,” Massaquoi said, “which included taking care of my body, coming in healthy, being able to finish a whole camp, so I could just transition into the season and the additions of Travis and Josh, it just makes the whole group stronger because everybody’s skill set is a little bit different.
“We’re pushing each other. It’s a lot more competitive. Guys are working a lot harder and camp is probably the crispest I’ve seen since I’ve been here. We’re just going to try and carry that over into the preseason and then, the season.”
Shurmur envisions “a good lineup” when Gordon, Massaquoi and second-year standout,
“I think that’s one way for us to get three of what we consider our better receivers on the field,” Shurmur said. “We do use a lot of three wide receiver sets and today, because we were working two-minute, it probably showed up that way quite a bit.”
During his first three seasons with the Browns, Massaquoi started 38 of 45 career games and never played less than 14 in a season. In that time, Massaquoi caught 101 passes for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns, including a career-long 59-yarder in a 38-37 loss at the Detroit Lions on Nov. 22, 2009.
“Physically, he looked different because he lost some weight, which I think is a good thing,” Shurmur said of Massaquoi. “Not that you just diet down, you have to have some mass to you, but he’s in shape and ready to run and he’s healthy. He was standing in a boot last year at this time, so whatever it is, I think he’s done a good job.”