Cleveland Browns: After Drops vs Ravens, Is It Time To Bench WR Greg Little?

By Robert D. Cobb

Thanks to key drops in a 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver Greg Little may soon find himself dropped from the starting lineup and on the Cleveland Browns bench.

Little, who would catch four passes for 77 yards would also have three drops, including a potential game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.

After a Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Little would lash out at fans on Twitter for criticizing his touchdown dance in a 34-27 loss.

In Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, Little would celebrate a first-down reception by imitating Olympic sprinter, Usain Bolt, with the Browns trialing 14-0 in the first quarter.

Still only 23, Little is young and learning the finer nuances of playing wide receiver in the NFL.  However, there is no excuse for celebrating and showboating when your team is losing and you fail to demonstrate that you can catch the football on a consistent basis.

According to Stats LLC, Little was second in the NFL last year in drops with 12, clearly that is nothing to boast about if I were in Little’s shoes right now.

At 6’2 and 220 pounds, Little has all the physical tools to succeed in Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense (WCO) and emerge into the go-to playmaker that Cleveland needs, the Browns should do themselves a big favor in sending Little a message cutting his snaps and benching him.

Benching Little may seem a little counter-productive considering that the Browns are now 0-4 and their top wideout Mohamed Massaqoui is out with a hamstring injury, but if the Browns want to send a clear message to Little, benching him for a half—or even a whole game—may do the trick.

It’s not like the Browns are hurting at wide receiver as they do have Travis Benjamin, Josh Gordon and Josh Cooper waiting in the wings.

Sitting Little—or the very threat of it—should serve as the wake-up call that he really needs at this point, as he looks disinterested and shows a lack of focus on the field right now.

Clearly, this is just a suggestion and it is Shurmur’s call, but after Little’s recent displays of immaturity and inconsistency, it may not be a bad idea.

Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.

In addition to covering the NBA, I also cover MLB, NFL, NHL and Champions League soccer news, rumors and opinions, please follow me on Twitter at @RobertCobb_76

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