Greg Little: Drop Machine
Pro Football Focus has reported that of all the catchable passes thrown Little's way this season, he has dropped 30% of them. That's a staggering number. You'd be hard pressed to find many Division III college kids who drop that many passes. The Browns are slowly responding by targeting Little less and less as the season goes on. He had his chance to prove himself to the Browns' coaching staff this past Sunday, with fellow receivers Jordan Norwood, Travis Benjamin, and Mohamed Massaquoi all missing the game due to injury, but he could only notch three catches. Now averaging 2.3 catches for 28.1 yards per game this season, Little has become a complete disappointment in Cleveland.
It's really a shame for a player who showed so much promise in his rookie year, catching 61 passes to rank second among rookies, only outdone by AJ Green. The Browns expected him to be a raw talent coming in, as he played running back until he was a junior in college, then missed his entire senior year. With a full offseason of NFL preparation, it was reasonable to believe Little could build on his solid rookie year and maximize his abilities to become a true number one wide receiver, but that couldn't be farther from what happened.
Little's struggles give my recent waiver wire suggestions, Jordan Norwood and Josh Gordon, a much better shot at producing in the future. A drop rate of 30% simply won't cut it at the NFL level, and the Browns won't let Little's hands hold them back. Once the three injured receivers are healthy, Little will likely find it hard to get on the field.