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Browns rookie report: Week Four

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's a look at how Browns rookies fared in the Week Four loss to Tennessee: 

WR Greg Little — He was targeted eight times, catching six passes for 57 yards. Overall, he has 14 catches and 131 yards on 21 targets through four games. Said head coach Pat Shurmur of Little's Week Four performance: "You see in a game where he made plays, and I think we need to help that blossom. We need to put him in position and give him a chance. I've said it all along, Sunday is his favorite day. When he puts that game uniform on, he brightens up and he's ready to roll. Not that he doesn't practice hard, but there's certain things about days of the week that make guys shine, and I think he does."

DE Jabaal Sheard — He started his fourth consecutive game and notched five tackles.

DT Phil Taylor — The Browns' first-round pick was in on two tackles.

FB Owen Marecic — The Browns' top lead blocker, Marecic had one catch for five yards vs. Tennessee. "I think he's handling his role well," Shurmur said Tuesday. "It's very rare that you see him make a mistake. He's shown up and done some things on special teams, which (special-teams coordinator) Chris (Tabor) feels like has been impressive for a rookie. He's handling his role well, and I'm looking for him to continue to improve."

OLG Jason Pinkston — He made another start at left guard on Sunday. According to NFL stats, the Browns ran for 15 yards on four carries off left guard vs. Tennessee. On Tennessee's first sack, DT Karl Klug chased and caught WR Joshua Cribbs, who had rolled right after getting a pitch from QB Colt McCoy. Pinkston let Klug go and helped block the left end, leaving Klug with a free run to Cribbs.

CB Buster Skrine — He had a special-teams stop and could be in line for a bigger role on defense if CB Joe Haden (knee) is out in Weeek Six.

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