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Browns president Mike Holmgren, speaking about the lack of passes wide receivers get thrown to them in Brian Daboll's offense, noted that he thought there was an "emphasis to work the middle of the field" in the scheme. Slot receiver Chansi Stuckey, who leads the Browns in targets (31), catches (21) and yards (213) among wide receivers, told PFW that opponents' coverages help determine Cleveland's passing-game strategy. If an opponent's "corners are sitting hard on the outside guys, and those guys at safety are just getting deep" with an eye on stopping the run, Stuckey said, "(it) kind of leaves that open middle in the area you're trying to attack, and our QBs have done a good job of just reading it." Stuckey, who lines up inside 75-80 percent of the time, he estimates, enjoys the "freedom" of the slot, where there is more space to work with, and he believes greater consistency has helped him be more productive this season. With consistency comes trust from the quarterback, Stuckey noted.