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Wilson Feels Offseason of Focus on Football Will Translate into Playing Time


With injuries to the receiver unit for the Browns hindering its progress early in training camp, now is the time for 2006 third-round pick Travis Wilson to show what he can do, and finally do his part in making an impact on a roster where for the last two years he’s been an afterthought.

In 06, Wilson made it on the field for just four games, starting the season finale vs the Texans, and overall catching four passes. Last year was one of frustration for Wilson, as he was inactive each and every week. He knows that if he does not have a good camp, this young wide out may be looking for work elsewhere come September.

“Like any offseason this is make or break, this whole offseason I dedicated to nothing but football, focusing and taking care of my business, maturing as a player and learning my plays” Wilson said Friday in Berea at Browns camp. “I’m not second guessing myself, I’ve been playing football since I was little running routes, so that was nothing. Last year learning a new offense I was second guessing myself and slowing myself up, not allowing me just to make plays and play as I can.”

Wilson credentials coming out of college were not in question, as he finished his career at Oklahoma as one fo the top pass catchers in school history, with 105 catches for 1,315 yards and 17 TD’s. His career with the Browns has been anything but memorable, but he hopes that an offseason dedicated to football will change all of that.

“Knowing everything now just feels great, and I feel confident,” Wilson said. “You can’t have any mistakes here, or have very limited mistakes, that was my biggest problem last year, the coaches having the confidence in me to make plays consistently, that consistency is the key they want out of you.”

It’s likely now or never for Wilson, who has gotten plenty of reps this early part of camp with Joe Jurevicius on the PUP list, and Donte Stallworth nursing a pulled hamstring, it’s time for Wilson to prove his worth. He feels he’s up to the challenge. ‘It was an honor to be drafted in the third round two years ago, now it’s time for me to live up to the hype,” Wilson said. “I gotta to do my part and show them and not have them second guess why they did that.”

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