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.
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:23pm
The Browns completed the anticipated trade with the Miami Dolphins for Davone Bess and rewarded him with a three-year extension. In exchange for Bess, the Browns moved down seven spots in the fourth round (104 to 111) and swapped their fifth-round pick (164) for a seventh-rounder (217).
Bess is expected to compete with newly signed David Nelson for slot duties. Nelson is coming off an ACL tear but is "close to being healthy." Expect Greg Little and Josh Gordon on the outside.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 2:22pm
The Browns believe Greg Little and especially Josh Gordon can make an impact in the new offense, which will stress more long passing than the previous West Coast offense. The new offense also should help QB Brandon Weeden, as he'll be throwing more often out of the shotgun. On paper, it looks promising.
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 Weeden's big arm, so Gordon should progress in 2013. As for Little, he gained at least 48 yards and/or scored a TD in seven of his last eight games. It's good to hear that the Browns believe he can make an impact in the new offense.
Monday, March 4, 2013, 10:11am
Reviewing the tapes from last season, the new Browns coaches were very impressed with the improvement of WR Greg Little. In the first five games, he had 11 catches and six drops. In the last 11 games, it was 42 catches and three drops. Little receives high grades for blocking and toughness. He seems to be a significant part of the plan for 2013.
It appears that Little has a strong hold on the WR2 job opposite of Josh Gordon. He averaged 4.4-57-0.4 in the last five games, which are #26 WR-type numbers. It's a small sample size, but Little isn't a bad fantasy WR5/WR6 at this point.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 11:51am
I believe Josh Gordon is the Browns’ No. 1 receiver. I believe Greg Little is a No. 2 or No. 3, depending on whether they finally acquire a veteran. I think more speed (Mike Wallace?) on the outside would relegate Little to the slot, which would make a more formidable threesome.
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 6:48pm
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 1:46pm
“Greg kind of refocused on some things, and I’m glad he’s having some success,” Shurmur said. “He doesn’t always catch the most balls, but he’s a tough sucker. He’s blocking and you feel his presence out there.
“He’s gotten away from doing some of the things that I don’t care for, so he’s listening. He wants to be a good player, he wants to be a good pro. … As for Josh Gordon being here, any time you have players that are competing to get better within your group, I think it helps.”
Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:13pm
Browns WR Greg Little (illness, probable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 7. He has a good matchup with the Colts but has taken a backseat to Josh Gordon.
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:15pm
Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:06pm
Browns WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring, doubtful) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is doubtful for Week 6. Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring, out) and Jordan Norwood (foot, out) missed practice all week and are out for Week 6. Josh Gordon and Greg Little figure to get extra snaps again this week. Josh Cribbs could also be in the mix, though the Browns have been reluctant to use him.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:22pm
Browns WRs Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), Travis Benjamin (hamstring) and Jordan Norwood (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Norwood was on crutches on Thursday, which is not a good sign. Consider all three players out for Week 6, which means Josh Gordon and Greg Little will continue to see heavy snaps.
Monday, September 24, 2012, 2:40pm
Friday, September 21, 2012, 7:21pm
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7:11pm
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:08pm