Progress, progress, progress. It’s the most thrown-around word this season when it comes to the Cleveland Browns and, for the most part, it is apt. With such a young roster, everyone is looking for signs that indicate a bright future. After Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, many people are noticing some semblance of what can be called progress.
But the Browns continue to wallow in the painful world that is their current crop of wide receivers. Through four games, no Browns receiver has had more than 90 yards in a game (it was Mohamed Massaquoi against the Bengals), and no one has separated himself from the rest of the pack.
Of course, this can be viewed more as quarterback Brandon Weeden simply spreading the ball around, but every team needs a go-to receiver in key situations. For a few moments on Thursday, Greg Little appeared capable of being that player. But after another crucial drop, Little erased his goodwill and left the focus once again on his problems.
Currently, he leads the team in receiving with only 151 yards. Despite the warranted criticism over his drops, he has shown the ability to be a better player. But Little still hasn’t put that talent together with any sort of consistency. Massaquoi has also showed promise, but the knock on him will always be injuries.
Progress? There is some for the Browns’ receivers, but the next plateau of development will be a 100-yard game. It seems ludicrous and, ultimately, pretty pathetic to consider that some kind of barometer, but that’s the state of affairs in the Browns’ passing game.