There is no denying the Cleveland Browns are thin at wide receiver. As witnessed on Thursday, September 27 in the 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Mohamed Massaquoi missed the game due to a hamstring injury while Joshua Cribbs suffered a concussion during the game. This forced coach Pat Shurmur to leave Greg Little in the game despite a total of five dropped passes on the night.
To Little's credit, he did record four receptions on the night for a total of 77 yards. The statistic on paper looks solid, especially for the state of the Browns' receiving corps. Unfortunately Little is not remembered for what catches he did make, rather the ones he should have caught, including a perfectly thrown ball into the end zone in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Little stated, "I saw that they were in cover-zero and they ran it maybe two possessions before that. We came to the sideline and talked about it. We knew they were going to come with that look again."
"My job is just to beat the guy and get through the middle of the field. He moved around in the pocket, kept it alive and threw it up so that I could make a play on it. I just have to come down with it. It's a tough catch and I don't even know how to categorize it. It's a tough one but if you want to be a great player then you want to make plays that people will remember, and put your team in a position to come back and win the game." Little concluded.
I have always done my best to support Little despite his case of the "Braylons" last season. He was a rookie that took a year off due do disciplinary issues. There was also a learning curve to get used to the size and speed of the NFL game. This season his issues were supposed to be behind him, paving the way to become the Browns' legitimate No. 1 receiver of the future. It appears he still has a long way to go, despite having the benefit of a stronger-armed quarterback in Weeden.
Irking fans even more is the celebratory pose after every reception as if he is trying to prove to himself he is a superstar. Congratulations, you caught the football. That is your job!
As Browns fans we are frustrated. No one expected a Super Bowl victory to come to Cleveland this season, but we at least expect a game with minimal mistakes and some fantastic plays. Everyone needs to do their part meaning Weeden needs to avoid throwing interceptions, Richardson cannot fumble the football, and Little needs to catch the balls that are thrown to him. Once that can occur on a regular the offense may score enough points to win a football game now and then.
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