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Here's senior editor Mike Wilkening's Week Two stock report for the Browns after their 27-19 win at Indianapolis on Sunday:
WR-RS Joshua Cribbs — He played a major role in all three of the Browns' TD drives on Sunday. His 52-yard kickoff return put Cleveland in very good position on its first TD drive, and his 43-yard punt return in the fourth quarter gave the Browns great field position, which they capitalized upon with their final TD of the game. Moreover, Cribbs, who started at wide receiver, caught all three passes thrown to him, and his 25-yard reception in the second quarter moved the chains on Cleveland's second TD march.
QB Colt McCoy — After completing less than 50 percent of his throws last week, McCoy was 22-of-32 for 211 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers vs. Indianapolis. He outplayed Colts QB Kerry Collins, whose mistakes hurt his club.
The defense — The Browns allowed just one touchdown, and that came with Cleveland nursing a 15-point lead late. The Colts had four drives of nine plays or more end in field goals. Credit Cleveland for slamming the door when Indianapolis moved into scoring range and forcing the Colts to settle for field-goal attempts.
The punting — Brad Maynard had an outstanding debut. None of his five punts were returned, and three were downed inside the 20. All told, Maynard posted a 40.2-yard net average, which is ideal. Maynard appears to be capable of solidifying a position that was a concern once Reggie Hodges suffered a season-ending injury in training camp.
WR Brian Robiskie — Robiskie, who started in Week One, was a reserve in Week Two, and he wasn't targeted in the passing game. What's more, WRs Joshua Cribbs, Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi all were solid. Unless he shows more playmaking ability or other wideouts begin to regress, Robiskie doesn't merit more than a reserve role in this offense.
RB Montario Hardesty — He had just three carries for all of one yard in Week Two, and he fumbled on one of those carries. Hardesty showed promise in the opener and figures to play more going forward, but he didn't play well Sunday.