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Browns rookie report: Week Nine

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Posted Nov. 08, 2011 @ 10:31 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

Here's a review of how Browns rookies contributed in Cleveland's 30-12 defeat at Houston on Sunday.

DE Jabaal Sheard — Notched three tackles, including one for loss, and has been a reliable starter in the first half of the season, notching 27 tackles and 2½ sacks.

WR Greg Little — He's been the Browns' top target recently, with 19 passes thrown his way the last two weeks. However, Little has just six catches in this span, and he caught only two passes for 33 yards in eight targets against Houston. Little, who's hauled in 31 passes for 295 yards this season, did make a leaping 24-yard catch that helped set up Cleveland's only TD of the game in the fourth quarter. However, he was QB Colt McCoy's intended target on a second-quarter interception, and head coach Pat Shurmur noted that Little, while running the correct route, needed to be looking for the ball on the play.

DT Phil Taylor — He recorded just one tackle Sunday as the Browns' run defense faltered, but overall, Taylor's career is off to a fine start. He is on pace for 52 tackles and six sacks.

OLG Jason Pinkston — Pinkston got his eighth start at left guard. Cleveland rushed for 11 yards on five carries off left guard, according to NFL statistics.

CB Buster Skrine — He recorded a pair of tackles as a reserve on defense.

FB Owen Marecic — The Browns' blocking back got the start in Week Nine but wasn't targeted in the passing game and didn't carry the ball in the running game.

TE Jordan Cameron — Cameron recorded his first career reception on Sunday, a seven-yard gain. The Browns' No. 4 tight end, Cameron has been active for three games this season.

LB Quinton Spears — Spears notched one special-teams tackle.

CB James Dockery — Dockery played as a reserve but didn't record any statistics.

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