Greg Little Fantasy News
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 5:02pm
“I just don’t think that I’m going to have that type of issue,” Little said. “I’m seeing the ball a lot better, focusing on the ball instead of just running after the catch. That’s what you see oftentimes, that you’re so open that you’re ready to get that ball, and make a move that you just don’t secure the catch right away.”
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Friday, September 7, 2012, 12:20pm
"He's as far along as you can be as a rookie," HC Pat Shurmur said. "I'm happy with the progress so far. We got a chance to see him make some plays in preseason games. Now it's important for him to go out and do it in a regular-season game."
Mohamed Massaquoi will apparently get the start opposite of Little.
Monday, August 20, 2012, 2:35pm
Browns rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon has often stopped short of finishing plays and lacked overall hustle during camp, but coach Pat Shurmur believes Gordon is turning the corner and giving more effort as of late.
“The last couple of days, he’s practicing faster in my mind, catching the ball and running with it instead of catching it and stopping,” Shurmur said. “He’s learning how to do it better in practice, and as we all know if you see it here, then it’ll translate to the game.
It's a good sign for the rest of the offense too. This young Browns team has a chance to put things together eventually this season with a rookie QB (Brandon Weeden), rookie RB (Trent Richardson) and second-year player in WR Greg Little. Little could be a nice value pick late in drafts while Gordon, who likely won't get drafted, is someone who could eventually be nabbed off waiver wires.
Browns officially name Weeden starting QB
Monday, August 6, 2012, 5:00pm
Coach Pat Shurmur made the announcement here today following practice.
We rank Weeden just 26th, so he likely won't get drafted in standard leagues as he's just QB3 material. Weeden has some options to work with, but for the most part the WRs on the Browns are unproven, so this will be a growing process for everyone. Greg Little and Josh Gordon should be the starters at WR, but the team has already said the offense will go through rookie RB Trent Richardson.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 11:34am
Gordon already has established himself as the Browns’ most physically gifted pass-catcher. His combination of exceptional size, strength, and athleticism is mostly unmatched by any other receiver on the team. All he needs is to continue to work his way into football shape, having been out of the game for more than a year because of his suspension at and subsequent transfer from Baylor, and learn the Browns’ offense. Even when he doesn’t know exactly where he needs to go on a certain play, he is still able to do enough to get open and make a catch.
Benjamin has been a standout since camp began. He is using his remarkable speed to his fullest advantage, and is catching the ball well.
Monday, July 30, 2012, 3:41pm
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, whom the Browns picked in the second round of the NFL’s supplemental draft July 12, worked with the first-team offense when it used three-receiver sets. Gordon and Mohamed Massaquoi lined up on the outside, and Greg Little moved to the slot.
Monday, July 23, 2012, 9:22am
At 6-3 and 225 pounds, Gordon is the most physically imposing. He has long arms, large hands and reputedly no history of drops. Josh Cooper was QB Brandon Weeden’s second-favorite target at Oklahoma State and is experienced running crossing routes over the middle. The question is whether he can take the pounding of NFL safeties.
Don’t be surprised if Gordon, who hasn't played since the 2010 season at Baylor, needs time to claim a starting spot and Cooper edges out Jordan Norwood for the slot receiver role.
Browns acquire WR Josh Gordon in Supplemental Draft
Thursday, July 12, 2012, 1:35pm
According to reports, 21 of the 32 NFL teams, including the Browns, attended Gordon's workout Tuesday and saw him run a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, catch every pass thrown to him and record a 36-inch vertical leap.
Gordon comes with baggage. He was suspended indefinitely by Baylor coach Art Briles prior to the 2011 season following a marijuana arrest, and transferred to Utah, where he sat out the season. Rather than play for the Utes this season, he declared for the supplemental draft for financial reasons, according to reports.
Keep in mind that Gordon has already missed all offseason activities, so he's going to have to get up to speed quickly in training camp if he hopes to make an impact this season. We're not terribly high on the Cleveland passing game this season, so Gordon is at best a late-round flier in redraft formats. He'll compete with Mohamed Massaquoi for snaps opposite Greg Little.
Monday, June 18, 2012, 11:14am
WR Josh Cribbs will see heavy duty on special teams. The Browns hope Josh Cooper and/or Jordan Norwood can fill the third receiver spot behind Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi. An undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State, Cooper is more than just a guy who caught college passes from Weeden -- the Browns consider him a real prospect in the slot. They like his hands and ability to get open quickly.
This is somewhat surprising because Cribbs has been coming along as a receiver, showing good adjustment to balls thrown his way, especially in the endzone. Four of his 41 catches were TDs in 2011.
Sunday, June 10, 2012, 1:03pm
Browns coaches really like what they see from WR Greg Little and think the second year wide receiver is going to step up. In fact, their enthusiasm for Little has something to do with why they did not make a big move at the position in the offseason. The Browns believe Little can clean up his drops because he dropped a lot of easy passes last year. His hands did not appear to be the problem; rather, concentration was.
Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:25am
Browns HC Pat Shurmur on WR Greg Little: “I’ve seen him look a lot quicker, a lot more sudden, and I think to this point he has caught the ball at a much more consistent rate and he just looks like a different guy to me ... To his credit, he has done a really nice job of getting his body into the right kind of shape he needs to be in to be a receiver in this league."
You can count rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden among those who believe that Little has what it takes to become a dominant offensive weapon this season. Weeden even went so far as to compare Little to this year's fifth overall pick, Justin Blackmon.
"There are a lot of similarities [between Little and Blackmon]." Weeden told reporters following Wednesday's organized team activities. "They are big body guys, big hands and strong. You can tell when Greg catches it he’s strong with the football and that’s the way that Justin was.
"I haven’t really thrown much with Greg, we’ve been in two different groups, but the more I see him, I’ll tell you what, he can play. He can really, really go get it. He’s going to be a fun guy to throw to."
This is all well and good, but it's concerning that Weeden hasn't "thrown much" to Little. That's not a great way to develop a rapport. Still, if any Browns WR is going to make a fantasy impact this season, it will likely be Little.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 10:17pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 11:02am
“He looks much leaner, and he was running around well,” Shurmur said after Tuesday’s first OTA practice. “I think it’s his first true offseason as a pro and I think what he has done is he has taken good care of his body. I think he has worked on his diet and nutrition and has gotten himself in shape to come out here and run a lot.”
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 10:56am
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 10:16am
When asked about the possibility of WR Alshon Jeffery starting opposite Brandon Marshall, Bears beat writer Dan Pompei responded, "I would be stunned if Jeffrey were a day-one starter. Most rookie wide receivers take a little time. Don't forget he came out of school early. He is not a finished product and my suspicion is it will take him a while to get up to snuff. There were 28 wide receivers drafted last year. Only two of them were listed as opening-day starters, and those players were taken with the fourth overall selection (A.J. Green by the Bengals) and sixth overall selection (Julio Jones by the Falcons). Only five rookies made more than four starts: first-rounders Green (15 starts) and Jones (15), second-rounders Titus Young (nine) and Greg Little (12), and fifth-rounder Denarius Moore (10). As of now, Devin Hester is the starting flanker on the Bears."