Ricardo Louis will compete for playing time in Browns training camp this summer. After dabbling on special teams and catching just 18 passes last fall, he'll need a really strong August to even sniff the field. Expect him to play behind Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman and not make a Fantasy impact this year or ever.
Louis caught one pass (two targets) for 10 yards during Thursday's preseason win over the Saints. Louis is the favorite to win the No. 3 wideout job, but the second-year pro turned in a quiet performance during Thursday's preseason game. It's obviously still early, though continued disappointing performances could ultimately negate the improvements he's shown in training camp.
Louis is the team's preferred candidate to fill the wide-open third receiver role, Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Louis showed a lot of growth during the recently completed offseason activities, looking like a receiver that learned from his experiences as a rookie in 2016. He'll open training camp as the third receiver on the depth chart, behind Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt, but should see increased targets in 2017 after catching just 18 passes over 16 games last season. The arrow's pointing up for Louis, but uncertainty abounds. Will his reputation for drops while at Auburn follow him in an expanded role in the NFL, and can the Browns develop a quarterback who enhances the value of the team's wideouts?
Louis hauled in both of his targets for 22 yards to finish up the season Sunday against the Steelers. Louis' two receptions were his first catches since Oct. 30, as the rookie wideout struggled to find the field after Corey Coleman returned from a broken hand. He finished with just 18 receptions for 205 yards. Terrelle Pryor is set to become a free agent, and if he fails to re-sign, Louis, along with Rashard Higgins, could see an increased role next season.
Louis (thumb) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram reports. Louis was limited in practice on Wednesday after getting injured in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati but it appears he's since recovered.
Louis (thumb) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. Louis played just one snap Sunday against the Bengals, so it's hard to imagine he injured his thumb during the game. The rookie's played just 14 snaps over his last five contests and is little more than a depth option right now.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/08||New York Jets||18||22.75|
|13||12/03||@Los Angeles Chargers||9||20.75|
|14||12/10||Green Bay Packers||32||29.11|
|3 Year Avg||36||18||205||0||7||11.39||20|