Cleveland Browns lead AFC North in dropped passes for 2012

For the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns led the AFC North in dropped passes, allowing 27 catchable passes to hit the ground.

The silver lining: According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Browns were the only team in the division whose drops decreased from the previous season with the team dropping 33 balls in 2011.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green led all players in the division with nine dropped passes on 158 targets.  Greg Little led the Browns with seven drops on just 85 targeted passes, the majority of which came within the first six weeks of the season, drawing the ire of many including former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano. Little, who led the AFC North with 11 dropped passes in 2011, was second in the division this year behind Green.

The other players in the Browns with at least four drops were wide receiver Josh Gordon (five) and fullback Owen Marecic (four). Marecic was made inactive for the majority of the second half of the 2012 season as the team opted to use tight end Alex Smith and H-back Brad Smelley in his place.

[Related: Pat Shurmur puts Greg Little on notice]

  • Natedawg86

    Marecic had 4 drops on 3 targeted passes

  • Stinkfist

    Remind me why we got rid of Vickers… because it surely wasn’t so we could draft a pass catching fullback.

  • woofersus

    I’d like to see the first half vs. second half numbers. It improved a lot over the course of the season.

  • bossman09

    We got rid of vickers because he was so goodhe couldn’ start for another team. He was a slighly better blocker than marecic and wanted a lot more money. The only reason why Vickers was considered good is because we replaced his with Marecic.

  • Bryan

    Only guy in history of league with more drops than targets 😉

    A local TV station should devise a reality show in which Derek Anderson throws swing passes to Owen Marercic. A completion would never happen.

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  • K. Whitby

    “For the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns led the AFC North in dropped passes, ”
    Can you say “dynasty”?

  • Kildawg

    Improvement is made. Hopefully dropped passes are 0 for us; realistically I expect no more than 20 (given the rate of decline plus better coaching and accounting for whatever hates us).

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  • Jaker

    2 drops on his first target of the season. Classic O-Drop!