EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — The Browns will work out several wide receivers next week as the position group remains in a state of flux.
General manager John Dorsey said Cleveland will bring in a mix of veteran and young pass-catchers following a period of personnel shake-ups within the room.
Though Dorsey said the decision to do so was made weeks ago, it comes following a week in which the Browns traded former first-round pick Corey Coleman to Buffalo and Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and a suspended driver’s license.
Cleveland also awaits the return of Josh Gordon, who announced a leave of absence shortly before the start of training camp to focus on his well-being off the field.
Dorsey, to be clear, has been encouraged by a position group that includes three-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry and several other young receivers such as Callaway, who started in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Giants, and Rashard Higgins.
Dorsey did not disclose who or how many receivers Cleveland will work out but suggested the team remains open to signing Dez Bryant, the former Cowboys star. “I’ll be open to anything if it’s proper,” he said. “I'm just going to measure that on a case-by-case basis.”
Bryant tweeted Thursday he would begin his visits next week and indicated he’d include Cleveland in his plans.
The Browns traded Coleman to Buffalo on Sunday in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick. Coleman, the 15th overall pick in 2016, struggled to live up to expectations and missed 13 games with injuries.
“I think we’ve had a long enough time to evaluate his skill sets,” Dorsey said, “and in combination with the coaching staff and personnel staff, we think the fresh start would probably be best for him.”
Added Dorsey: “I think we have a really nice young group of receivers that are starting to develop and I think of course it gives him a fresh start in Buffalo to see what he can do … I think there’s some younger talent that can develop faster than Corey has developed.”
Dorsey offered no timetable for Gordon’s return.
The former Pro Bowler returned from a multi-year suspension late last season but has struggled with a public battle against addiction.