Cleveland Browns WR Greg Little Needs To Cut Down On Drops, Brandon Weeden Not to Blame

By Robert D. Cobb

If there is a such thing as moral victories in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns would be a dynasty.

Despite a gutsy comeback effort led by rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, the Browns would–pardon the pun–drop their ninth straight game against the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens23-16.

Weeden, who would complete 25 of 52 passes for 320 yards, was victimized by bad drops by his wide receivers.

Cleveland, who led the league in drops with 11 before kick-off, seemed happy to add to that unfortunate stat. Most notably Browns wideout Greg Little, who would drop a potential game-tying touchdown pass from Weeden in the closing moments, and would finish with four catches for 77 yards on ten targets and three drops.

The second-year wideout out of North Carolina, who came under fire for doing his Usain Bolt-first down pose during a Week Two 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Little would be wise to make a date with the JUGS machine (and get off of Twitter) first thing tomorrow morning in Berea after his performance in Baltimore.

Because right now, in the eyes of many Browns fans at this point, Little is Braylon Edwards 2.0

While many would want to suggest that Weeden is to blame for the Browns 0-4 record, would Colt McCoy have been able to do better against the Ravens?

What’s his record against the AFC North again? That’s what I thought.

People tend to forget that Weeden is still new and learning the NFL game, and as can be seen in his throws, he is beginning to stand tall and confident in the pocket.

While Weeden’s intended pass to Travis Benjamin would be returned 63 yards for a touchdown by Ravens defensive back Cary Williams, the fact that despite the drops, that the Browns were even in position to tie—or win—on the road with a rookie quarterback is encouraging.

This is also positive due to the Browns being without their top wideout in Mohamed Massaqoui (hamstring) and losing Joshua Cribbs on a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Fans can’t blame the refs because the real ones are back. And while the Browns are short-handed on defense with Joe Haden and Phil Taylor being out, Baltimore was also without 2011 AP Defensive Player Of The Year, Terrell Suggs.

Make no mistake, a loss is a loss, and the Browns are now 0-4, but the fact that Weeden and Trent Richardson continue to play well, provides hope and a sense of optimism for the future.

Now if the Browns receivers—Little in particular—can learn to properly catch and make big plays for Weeden on a consistent basis, the Browns would be more exciting to watch.

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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