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.
Little won't have any fantasy value behind Rod Streater, James Jones, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes on the Raiders' depth chart. Unfortunately for Little, his best opportunity to produce was in Cleveland.
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
This move doesn't have big fantasy implications this week, but it's something to note as the Browns get Brandon Weeden back.
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.”
Little could emerge as fantasy relevant as the Browns' WR2, especially early in the season as Josh Gordon serves his two-game suspension.
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 9:29am
Browns beat writer Mary Kay Kabot said: RB Trent Richardson was already a big part of the passing game last season, finishing second to WR Greg Little with 51 catches for 367 yards and a TD. I think he'll factor in heavily again, as will some of the other backs.
We've heard many times that the offense will run through Richardson in Cleveland and that's barely keeping him in our top-10 RBs because he was hampered by injuries last season. We don't see a lot more passing game production for Richardson this year, calling for 53 catches and 379 yards. If he can stay healthy, he has the potential be a solid, late-first-round pick.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:18pm
Little certainly has the talent but hasn't shown enough to be a fantasy WR you can trust. Little likely won't get drafted in your league, but there is a lot of turnover at WR throughout the year so his progress is worth monitoring.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:16pm
Browns QB Brandon Weeden may not quite be in an "open" quarterback competition in the truest sense of the word. He enters camp as the starter, and it's his job to lose. But no one I've talked to would be stunned if his spot on the depth chart grows increasingly tenuous. He just may lose it.
And journeyman Jason Campbell has enough quality play and big throws in this league that he also poses a real threat to Weeden.
Weeden is ranked 27th among our QBs and likely won't get drafted in your league. He got off to a nice start last year but faded. The good news is this new coaching staff likes to push the ball down field and there is some talent at WR with Josh Gordon and Greg Little.
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:52am
Judging from the comments coming out of Cleveland -- from the owner down to the wide receivers -- the first impression of OC Norv Turner's offense is the aggressiveness of it.
“Everything is downfield, and you get taught pretty quickly that you have to be well conditioned to play fast and play at a high level,” wide receiver Greg Little said. “I just like the way Norv thinks. He calls more post and go routes than I’ve ever run before."
Said wide receiver Josh Gordon: "Defenses will be shocked to say the least with how much we're running downfield."
The new offense has helped to make Gordon a favorite breakout candidate in the middle rounds. 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.
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