When the Cleveland Browns selected Greg Little in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, no one really knew what to expect. A former running back for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Little missed his last year of college ball for violating NCAA rules. Now in his second year with the Browns, Little has had a season of highs and lows. After some soul searching and a personal meeting with NBA great Alonzo Mourning, a re-energized Little has helped spark the orange and brown offense.
Coming in to training camp, expectations were high for the second year receiver. Little came to camp in awesome shape with more muscle to his frame. Many predicted a Pro Bowl type year for him.
However, things don’t always go as planned. In the five game losing streak that started the Browns’ season, Little had a total of just 11 catches for 151 yards. More importantly, it seemed like Little was dropping half of the balls thrown his way. The biggest one was the drop that Brandon Weeden fired to him that went right through his hands in the endzone that quite possibly could have changed the outcome of the Baltimore Ravens contest. Things were not looking good for no. 15.
In the games after week five, Little has quietly racked up 326 yards and 28 receptions. The more telling stat is he is greatly improving his dropped passes. Little’s play is not going unnoticed by the Cleveland diehards’ either. Talking to big time Browns’ fan Roger of Danville, WV had this to say, “The vast improvement of Greg Little is a large part of the Cleveland Browns resurgence, not only is he making plays, but playing hard.” With Little playing well, it has also freed up Josh Gordon to emerge nicely too. Roger went on to say, “Little has helped the offense by taking some possible double teams that Gordon would be seeing. He has become a solid blocker which was seen on Mohamed Massaquoi‘s catch-and-run two weeks ago.” Very well said Roger.
The one thing that would be nice to see for Little is finding pay dirt more. The 23 year old has only two touchdowns on the season. But to Browns fans it’s not about stats, they want to see hard fought winning football. Despite only three games left in the season, the excitement grows more by the day and Browns Nation is finally seeing positive results.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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