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Here's a review of contributions of Browns rookies in Cleveland's 13-12 loss to St. Louis on Sunday:
WR Greg Little — QB Colt McCoy threw Little six passes, and the rookie wideout from North Carolina caught every one. A 52-yard reception late in the first half set up a field goal and was the longest gain by a Cleveland wideout since Mohamed Massaquoi's 56-yard catch in the season opener. Overall, Little gained 84 yards receiving, and he also gained 10 yards on an end-around in the fourth quarter. On the season, Little has caught 37 passes for 379 yards (65 targets).
DT Phil Taylor — Taylor had one of his better games of the season on Sunday. He recorded five tackles, two QB hits and a sack, his fourth of the season. He has started all nine games, notching 31 tackles. Overall, Taylor has had a fine all-around season.
DE Jabaal Sheard — Sheard started at left end and notched two tackles and a QB hit. For the season he has racked up 29 tackles, 2½ sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. He hasn't notched a sack in the last three games.
OLG Jason Pinkston — Pinkston made his ninth start at left guard. Cleveland rushed twice off left guard, most notably on a third-down run late in the fourth quarter when FB Owen Marecic gained three yards and a first down at the St. Louis eight.
CB Buster Skrine — He recorded one tackle on defense and another on special teams.
FB Owen Marecic — Marecic had one carry for three yards and a reception that went for no gain. The carry put Cleveland inside the St. Louis 10 and seemingly in range of what appeared to be a chip-shot field goal, but the Browns' attempt went awry with a little more than two minutes left. Two plays before the FG attempt, TE Alex Smith — filling in for Marecic, who had exited the game for a play after being slightly hurt on first down — fumbled a handoff from McCoy. The handoff was to have gone to Marecic, a nice sign of confidence in the rookie.
TE Jordan Cameron — He was targeted once, on a third-down play in the second quarter. The pass was underthrown, and Cameron did well to try and keep it away from Rams CB Justin King. Cleveland settled for a field goal after the incompletion.
LB Quinton Spears — He made a pair of special-teams stops.
CB James Dockery — He played as a reserve.