Barring any pre-game set back, when the Cleveland Browns take the field tomorrow against the Baltimore Ravens, receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and defensive tackle Phil Taylor will be in uniform. Mo Mass, as his teammates call him, has missed the last five games and Taylor hasn’t played a game this season. These are two big names that should add potential to both the offense and defense.
Adding some veteran presence and leadership, Massaquoi returns to the receiving corps for this AFC North showdown. On the year, Mo Mass has nine receptions for 145 yards. Throughout training camp and the first couple of regular season games, Massaquoi was showing real chemistry with Brandon Weeden. Watching Weeden throw him lasers shows he has a great deal of trust in Massaquoi. It will be interesting to see if the rookie quarterback goes to Massaquoi early. The Ravens are without their star corner back Lardarius Webb, and there will be some opportunities for Cleveland. Losing Webb would be like the Browns losing Joe Haden. We all know how that turned out.
Listed at 6’3″ and 335 lbs, Taylor is a mammoth on the defensive side of the ball. He has not played all year due to torn pectoral muscles he suffered while lifting weights right before training camp. Nonetheless, Taylor still had four sacks and 59 tackles in his rookie campaign last year. When at his best, the man is a force to be reckoned with. Taking nothing at all away from rookies John Hughes and Billy Winn, who have done a great job filling in, it will be nice to have Taylor back in the defensive line rotation. If no.98 can play 20 to 25 snaps in his first game of the season, the Browns will have a completely new, more aggressive look on the defensive front. With Taylor back, running on the Browns isn’t going to be as easy as it has been.
Listening to Browns fans across the city, there is a ton of optimism heading in to Sunday. Cleveland should be going in to this game with a three game winning streak. However, the Browns that started this season and the Browns that will play tomorrow are two different teams. No matter how it gets done, how great would a “W” be tomorrow?
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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