July 30, 2014

Report: Brandon Weeden ranks second in passes dropped

Via Terry Pluto’s great Facebook page, we received word of a neat Pro Football Focus study from Wednesday that analyzed dropped passes by NFL quarterbacks through 11 weeks of the season.

Surprise, surprise who ranks in the top two? Just one behind Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, Browns rookie Brandon Weeden has had 32 of his passes dropped this year, according to the study. These 32 drops excluded uncatchable balls. Weeden also ranks fifth in the league with 8.6% of his attempts dropped.

Obviously, wide receiver was a huge weakness for Cleveland entering 2012, and a main reason why the team went out to use a supplemental second round pick on rookie Josh Gordon. But despite his contributions, it appears the Browns wide-outs still have quite a bit of work to do — regardless of Weeden’s added impact.

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  • zwrose

    I’d be curious how those 32 drops are distributed. Seems like the # of drops has been less frustrating in recent weeks, especially with the noticeable improvement of one Greg Little.

  • maxfnmloans

    OMG Braylon Edwards is the worst receiver ever. I’ll bet even rookies would be better than him. He sux.

    -This message brought to you by the “Be Careful What you Wish For” Coalition

    The good news is Little and Gordon are both progressing nicely, and we look to be in good shape in the next year or two. Good enough that I don’t think we need to worry about drafting a WR this year, at least

  • Kildawg

    The offense as a whole seems alright for now. We need a CB2 and OLB on defense, but our biggest weakness is still HC.

  • cmm13

    Because Bray Bray has had such a successful career since leaving town.
    I get what you are saying completely but Edwards is probably not the best example.

  • kkzets

    According to page 3 of the article, if we treated all of the drops as completions, Weeden still ranks 29th out of 34 QB’s in the league, so it appears Weeden also has a ton of work to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729640354 Mansoor Ali Khan

    That same website that did that study, profootball focus, said that the Browns are probably one good QB away from being a good team. They’ve ranked Weedon TERRIBLY the past two weeks. You have to take the good with the bad. Yes Weedon has been hurt by drops but he just isn’t playing well right now.

    Hopefully, Weedon will play better by the end of the year. I just wish Heckert would just cut MoMass now and sign a more reliable veteran.

  • maxfnmloans

    Please, name me a better example. Who has the Browns season records for yards or TD’s? Yet everyone wanted him out of town because he dropped too many passes.

    Then we got Robiskie and MoMass. After a couple seasons of “ZOMG worst receivers EVAR!!!” we are back to talented receivers who drop a few more passes then we would like.

    When Braylon left it was time to go. It was like a bad relationship where both sides are better off by a mutual parting of ways. I just find it amusing that a number of Browns fans did nothing but complain about the only wide receiver we have had since returning with elite talent (to go along with the fragile psyche), and yet here we are, 5 years later, in the same boat all over again.

    Like I said, be careful what you wish for

  • slbeef

    He also leads the league in woulda coulda touchdowns.
    In that alternate universe, the Browns are 10-0 and on their way to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, this is my universe.

  • cmm13

    Upcoming will be both Chris Perez and Asdrubal Cabrera, but I don’t have one for the Browns and really don’t need one to justify that Braylon is not a good example of “be careful what you wish for”.

    Braylon may hold the single season record for yards and TD’s but the problem is it is a single season record. He doesn’t have the body of work over a career nor did he establish a body of work prior to the 2007 season to establish him as an “elite” WR talent.

    It was time for Braylon to go not only because of the sour grapes with the fans/coach/FO but because he was never going to be an elite WR worth the money he was expecting after his anomaly year.

    Sure the next year with Robo and MoMass was a joke, but so has the drafting of any WR talent since the return.

    I think the saying is even the most pretty pig is still a pig…the best WR on the Browns……if you get my drift.

  • maxfnmloans

    you are missing my point entirely. Braylon got run out of town mostly because he dropped too many “easy” passes (made even more frustrating by his talent for making the difficult catch). 5 years later, and here we are, all that futzing and roster movement, etc, etc, 2 WR corps, 2 coaching staffs, 2 regimes or whatever, and yet we lead the league in dropped passes..

    Maybe this time the receivers will not be booed so lustily when they try as hard as they can, yet fail to make a play. Lest we forget that talent doesn’t fall out of the sky. So perhaps, when we get guys with the talent to do the job, maybe we should forgive them their shortcomings and encourage them, so maybe we don’t damage their psyches as well.

    Maybe it’s not the receivers who suck. Maybe the fans get in their heads and then sometimes they can’t get out of their own way. Kind of like when you used to help your Dad with a project around the house. Eventually, you’d get yelled at for doing something stupid, then you would be so afraid of getting yelled at again that you’d worry too much about that, and lose focus on what you were supposed to be doing, and that ends up in you getting yelled at again.

    Not saying it is right, and of course these are grown men, but these things DO happen. The thousand year study of psychology has taught us that. I’m not saying the SHOULD happen, only that they do.

    So maybe let’s stop worrying about “dropped passes” because last time that was a topic en vogue around this town, we got rid of that guy, and it did absolutely nothing for us.

    The intent of my post was not a defense of Braylon, it was just an example.