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Greg Little in danger of Browns benching for drops

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Greg Little's choice to strike an Usain Bolt pose following a humdrum catch in the middle of another Cleveland Browns' loss? Suspect at best.

The receiver's knack for dropping far too many of the remaining passes thrown his way? That could cost him his job.


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"We can't play a guy that's going to drop footballs," coach Pat Shurmur told The Plain Dealer on Monday.

Shurmur isn't a fan of the drops or Little's mini-celebrations deep in the fog of defeat to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Browns have one of the NFL's youngest group of pass-catchers, and we haven't seen much consistency out of this bunch. Shurmur acknowledged he isn't afraid to make changes.

"That's the reality of it, and so we need to work with them and inspire them to play better," he said. "Am I dealing with that and are we working with that as we go along? Absolutely, but that's not an excuse, that's the reality. So we all need to do better."

The laser focus here has been on the ups and downs of rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, but part of the problem for the 0-3 Browns is that Little's tendency to drop too many passes has been chronic across the roster. Mohamed Massaquoi is frustrating. Youngsters Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin flash something special then vanish just as quickly. Without that consistent production, Weeden and the Browns are in a tight spot.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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