July 30, 2014

Pro Football Focus Report: Greg Little Drops 30% of Catchable Passes

Cleveland WR Greg Little is among the league leaders in dropped passes. Depending on where you get your stats, Little has dropped five or six passes this year. (The dropped pass stat is way to open to interpretation by the way.) Browns fans will tell you either of those figures seems a bit low.

Regardless, Pro Football Focus tweeted an interesting stat concerning Little and his receiving prowess-

Thirty percent. That just can’t happen. Not on any level.

Here’s another interesting stat, also from Pro Football Focus-

Joining Greg Little on the ‘leader’ board in dropped passes is FB Owen Marecic with 4 official drops. At least Little can say that he has caught 14 passes compared to his 6 drops. Marecic still hasn’t caught a pass in 2012.

  • http://www.redright88.com/ Tom_RedRight88

    Yikes!

  • Browns02

    Marecic might as well pack his bags with Holmgren. The guy will not be on the roster next year guaranteed.

  • Lyon25

    Nothing like breaking in a rookie QB with the most drops.

  • Shadow_play

    But how is that possible? I thought he had the dropsies last year because McCoy was throwing bad balls. Is Weeden throwing bad balls too? Oh wait. the new Regime is in. Time to throw out that line of thinking.

  • Harv 21

    Not his fault, he’s worried about forgetting the post-catch dance moves when the ball’s in the air. Also, he missed a whole year of football two years ago and is shaking off the rust. Also, he’s in such great shape that he’s still adjusting to his new body.

    30% sounds kind of low.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I don’t remember ever hearing anyone say this. What I do remember is watching McCoy play every single Sunday and seeing him consistently throw behind receivers and check down to his tight end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cb.everett.9 CB Everett

    I wonder if they’re not counting the ones that go whizzing right through Little’s hands cleanly as “drops” (I think I’ve seen a few of those this year). Like baseball…if you don’t touch the ball, it’s not an error.

  • JK

    Umm.. Let’s not be biased here. Colt suffered through plenty of drops.

  • DontbringLBJback

    I re-watched the first 3 games, and Little had 6 drops just in those first 3. Don’t know who is counting, but they’re way off.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Don’t worry, that’s not what I’m saying. Both guys suffered drops, so we can drop that from the equation (punny). I’m talking specifically about having time in the pocket to make a good throw or breaking out of the pocket and having time to throw, and still missing badly. I saw this much more often from McCoy last year than from Weeden this year and at the time, I remember it being highly frustrating because McCoy was supposed to be an uber-accurate QB, and I was never seeing that when he had time to throw.

    I was a Colt McCoy apologist for a while… initially I didn’t want the Browns to draft a QB and thought he deserved the chance to start over Weeden and that he could improve from last year with a full offseason. It wasn’t until I saw Weeden play that I said, “Wow, now I know what a QB should be able to do with the ball.” That’s why my brain just is not able to understand the guy who is still a Colt McCoy apologist… makes me think they must not have actually been able to watch many games from last year or from this year. To me, seeing the difference is like being hit by a Mack truck.

  • Garry_Owen

    On the bright side, if Marecic catches the next 96 passes thrown to him, he’ll only have a 4% drop rate.

  • Harv 21

    well, he didn’t drop any Sunday, and not sure they even threw to him in game 5. Also, as CB noted, they apparently don’t count the ones that whizz by his helmet or threw his hands without touching anything. So they might be close.

  • Mix

    Advanced hazing…

  • Mix

    Can this be Haslam’s first decree? To cut Marecic, effective immediately?

  • Natedawg86

    After being with McCoy for a year, the receivers are still adjusting to getting good passes rather what they saw last year…they are almost suprised sometimes that the ball is right on the money

  • MrCleaveland

    Little said that if he had caught that pass at the goal line a few weeks ago (instead of flat-out dropping it), we would be telling our grandchildren about it years from now, that’s how great a catch it would have been.

    This gives us an idea of how big an idiot he is.

  • MrCleaveland

    Little should audition for Dancing with the Stars.

    On second thought, no one would want to be his partner because she’d get dropped on her head repeatedly.

  • Dee P

    Pro Football Focus Report: 100% of Browns Fans Cover Their Eyes and Peek Through the Slits When Pass Thrown to Little.

  • Stinkfist

    and we let Lawrence Vickers walk for Marecic? Wasn’t the reasoning that Marecic could catch and be useful in the West Coast? Vickers was an extremely underrated part of the offense. He made Hillis a millionaire. He helped Arian Foster break out in a massive way.
    OK, thats my fullback rant for the year.

  • Dee P

    I know you can’t do stats like this, BUT…

    If you add those 22 drops to Weeden’s completions, his PCT goes from 55% to 60%….and his yards go to 1776 – good for 3rd in the NFL behind Brady and Peyton.

  • TobaccoRoad

    Owen Marecic might be the worst offensive player of any position in he NFL. A FB that can’t run or catch the ball, and can’t block for his life. By far Heckert’s worst draft pick..

  • Matt

    Please tell me why they dont activate smelley this week….better than the real smelly marecic…

  • mgbode

    Vickers was terrible for Houston last year (as a backup) and has been terrible for Dallas this year. he nearly lost the NO game for us his last year dropping those gimmee passes.
    Marecic is bad, but so was Vickers on his way out (he could block when he was here – he has lost alot of that somehow since he left).
    Marecic is this year’s Robiskie. Why is he on the field, let alone starting.

  • BenRM

    Thank you. I can’t believe it is 10/17/2012 and we are still talking about a FULLBACK.

  • Garry_Owen

    1 target in Wk 5. Straight through his hands. Might not have touched his fingers.

  • cantcatchacold

    He’s to catching footballs as Ben Wallace was to making free throws. Difference is you don’t expect your center to have a great free throw %, whereas catching should be high on your traits for a WR

  • Harv 21

    ok, but then don’t you have to also calculate the drops which have victimized Brady, Peyton and all the other QBs to see where Weedon stands in relation to others? Also, Little’s drops have killed Weeden and the team in early games, but looks to me like Weeden’s now targeting and completing passes to others instead.

  • Dee P

    Yes, of course you do, which is why I began my comment that way. Just putting a rosy spin on things to make us feel good.

  • 0degreesK

    I’ll try to be positive here and hope that with Josh Gordon’s break out and Josh Collin’s showing will encourage Little to try harder. Whaddayuh think?!?