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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Massaquoi travels country to work with NFL's best wideouts

For Mohamed Massaquoi, the lingering NFL lockout has afforded the Browns third-year wideout a opportunity to take a step back and learn from the game's best.

Massaquoi toured the country to meet with a who's who of receivers, including Chad Ochocinco, Hines Ward, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Wes Welker, The Plain Dealer reported.

"I Am awaiting at this as a new start and I desired to learn from the best," he told this weekend. "I wanted to be able to begin from scratch and be able to use what they know to help me."

Massaquoi, who said the paper he picked up skills from every player he met with, called the NFL's receiving grades "nearly like a heavy fraternity," saying Ochocinco and Ward -- division rivals with the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers respectively -- were generous in their help.

"None of them have large egos. They are all trying to get better and complete their craft. In doing so, you get to see them correct their errors. They're coaching you up as they are bettering their own game.

"There's a reason that they are in the league as long as they're. You really can not fix what you do not know. You see how those guys go about their business, how they work, how they are running paths and how they are adjusting to sure things and it is totally different."

The Browns spent a second-round pick on Massaquoi in 2009. With 70 catches and 5 touchdowns after 2 seasons, he has yet to elevate a passing attack that graded last in the league in 2009 and No. 29 in 2010.

Massaquoi's offseason homework comes as the Browns shift to the West Coast offense, a change the former Georgia star backs wholeheartedly.

"I am very excited about it," Massaquoi said the newspaper. "You wish you could've come into a more pass-happy offense from the start, but now that it is here, you embrace it and have fun."

Massaquoi is one of 40 players attending this week's Camp Colt IV, the team's full-squad workouts in Austin, Texas, under the direction of second-year quarterback Colt McCoy, according to the newspaper.

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