Browns wide receiver Greg Little had the second most drops in the NFL last season and he’s picking up right where he left off.
Little dropped his second pass in three games on third down to kill a drive on Sunday and had a second ball go through his hands. It doesn’t go down as a drop only because Josh Gordon was able to catch it before it hit the turf. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Little’s going to have to start catching the ball if he wants to keep his job.
“We can’t play a guy that’s going to drop footballs,” Shurmur said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Shurmur said good things about Little’s work ethic, but said that there could be a change if Little continues to struggle with catching the ball. And it probably wouldn’t hurt if Little stopped doing his Usain Bolt impression after catches like a 17-yarder that got wiped out by a penalty on center Alex Mack on Sunday.
“I can’t speak for everyone else, but I’ve had my conversations with him about that. That can be said. Now whether people see me ranting and raving on the sideline at a player – trust me, I have my conversations with him,” Shurmur said.
Any changes to the Browns receiving corps are complicated by the fact that Mohamed Massaquoi injured his hamstring on Sunday. With just a few days before they have to return to the field against Baltimore, it’s a safe bet that Little will get at least one more chance in his current role.