5. Derrick Willies, WR
Other scribes writing this column are probably looking at D.J. Montgomery and that’s fine. He had the best game of the Browns receivers, catching three balls for 77 yards.
Every catch Montgomery made came in traffic. It was truly a great effort for the undrafted free agent.
Don’t forget Derrick Willies, though. He had one catch and it only went for four yards, but it went for a touchdown.
Analysts Jay Crawford and Tim Couch talked about how important it is to have size at the receiver/tight end position, especially near the end zone and that was obvious with Willies, whose 6-foot-4 frame stood out.
Elsewhere on the depth chart, the Browns have smaller framed receivers in OBJ (even though he plays bigger), Landry, and Antonio Callaway. Higgins and Jaelan Strong are 6-2.
Most media members see the Browns holding onto six receivers and you’ve got to wonder if Willies size is what will get him onto the roster.
Willies was a favorite of Todd Haley last season who worked his way onto the roster, but just as quickly as he began to show out, he went down with a separated shoulder early in the season agains the Ravens.