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Little, claimed by the Raiders on waivers after he was cut by the Browns in May, has been released by Oakland. He’ll be exposed to the waivers process again, with all other teams getting a chance to claim his contract.
On the topic of the Oakland WR corps...
“Rod Streater has gotten better every week that he’s been here, just works hard and has gotten a little bigger as well,” Raiders OC Greg Olson said. “Greg Little has done a really nice job. I guess there were some questions about his work ethic, but I like the way he has come in and really attacked it. He’s been very consistent catching the ball every day.”
While the Raiders are rotating receivers right now, and Dennis Allen has shrugged off any talk of depth charts, observers say that James Jones, Streater and Andre Holmes are ahead of Denarius Moore, who started last year.
For an undrafted wideout, Streater’s career is moving along swimmingly. After a 39-584-3 rookie season, Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 in his second year, finishing as the #33 WR in fantasy. Among undrafted receivers, he has the 4th most yards (since 1980) in his first two seasons. (Even more impressive, he plays for the Raiders.) Streater could continue to progress provided he still sees starter’s snaps – the arrival of James Jones may be a roadblock – and Matt Schaub returns to the efficient form we’re used to seeing. There are a couple of conditions there, but Streater’s value is in the tank right now, so there is very little risk to picking him up as a WR5/WR6 if he continues to sit atop the Oakland depth chart.
An inconsistent player whose flashes of excellence were often overshadowed by crucial drops and off-field drama, Little was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
This move is a bit surprising considering the state of the WR corps with Josh Gordon facing a half- or full-season suspension. We'll have to wait to see how the depth chart shakes out, but at this point, Andrew Hawkins looks like the team's most dependable option at receiver. Jordan Cameron is a threat to lead the team in catches.
Burleson, who spent the past four seasons in Detroit, will provide the Browns with some depth and an experienced veteran who can help mentor young receivers such as Josh Gordon. In 2011, he won the Lions' Good Guy Award from the local sportscasters and Pro Football Writers Association and was a leader in the locker room.
The Browns also signed Andrew Hawkins to man the slot, so Burleson is likely to be the team's WR4 assuming they find a starter in the draft. If not, he is capable of starting opposite Gordon, though he doesn't offer much playmaking ability at this point in his career. Greg Little's days in Cleveland look to be numbered.
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 2:48pm
Bess missed practice Thursday and Friday while dealing with a "serious family issue," according to The Plain Dealer. He was listed as questionable on the Week 16 injury report, the story said. Josh Cooper will likely replace Bess in the slot. The Browns could also move around Greg Little and Josh Gordon more to compensate for Bess' absence.
Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:25pm
Coach Rob Chudzinski announced his decision on Monday, ending weeks of speculation about whether Weeden would start the season opener against Miami on Sept. 8.
Chudzinski said Weeden has earned the job with a strong offseason, training camp and preseason. Weeden started 15 games as a rookie last year, but Chudzinski and the Browns' new coaching staff wanted to see improvement from the 29-year-old — and they have.
Weeden was pushed in camp by veteran Jason Campbell. Weeden started off strong last season but didn't finish on fire by any means - just five TD passes over the final eight games. There reason to be excited about his potential with young WRs like Greg Little and Josh Gordon, an up-and-coming TE in Jordan Cameron and a young RB in Trent Richardson. But even with all that we rank him 28th in what is just too deep of a QB class this year. He's worth a shot in deep leagues and could even start a game or two depending on matchups. He will play six games against tough division defenses like Cincy, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, however.
On the field has never been the problem. He was dominant through the first few days of camp and is by far the most talented receiver on the roster.
However, on Monday, he was pulled from practice half way through for what coach Rob Chudzinski said was patellar tendonitis.
Injury or not, Gordon was also scolded during that same practice for not finishing plays or running after the catch. He is frequently the last receiver into position drills and has yet to work with Greg Little and Brandon Weeden after practice, despite the fact that Little and Weeden have worked on routes after every single session thus far.
There was a nine-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 14 where Gordon played like a fantasy WR2. He averaged 3.9-71-.56, which projects to #14 WR numbers. His speed is a good match for QB Brandon Weeden's big arm. The two game suspension puts a dent in his upside, as does his work ethic.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 2:22pm
“I just understand the profession of the business and the time that goes into preparation,” said Little, a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. “I understand what you put in is what you’re going to get out. It’s a long season, and we’re just going to prepare for this uphill climb and this journey."
Little is part of a young Browns offense that showed signs of improvement as the season went on last year. He ranks just 55th on our list and likely won't get drafted in a lot of leagues, but don't forget his name as the season goes on. He'll have a chance to step up as Josh Gordon will sit out a two-game suspension.
Monday, July 22, 2013, 7:06pm
Browns WR Greg Little traveled to Oklahoma earlier this month to spend three days working out and running routes with quarterback Brandon Weeden. It’s the latest example of a young receiver -- one who’s been a lighting rod for fan criticism -- demonstrating his maturity and commitment to the team.
“I worked with a big group of guys,” Weeden said. “Obviously, (Josh Cooper of Mustang, Okla.) was out there. But it was good. It was good Greg came down. We got three really hard days of work. I threw until I couldn’t throw anymore and he ran until he couldn’t run anymore, so we got a lot of work in.”
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