They say to lower your expectations whenever you want to be pleasantly surprised. When it comes to the Cleveland Browns’ group of wide receivers, the expectations couldn’t be much lower. Therefore, it shouldn’t be all that difficult for rookie wide receiver Greg Little to make a good impression in 2011.
Let’s first take a look at the 2010 stats of the team’s receivers:
- Mohamed Massaquoi – 36 receptions for 483 yards and 2 TDs
- Chansi Stuckey – 40 receptions for 346 yards and 0 TDs
- Evan Moore – 16 receptions for 322 yards and 1 TD
- Brian Robiskie – 29 receptions for 310 yards and 3 TDs
- Joshua Cribbs – 23 receptions for 292 yards and 1 TD
Nothing special, right? At times, the Browns’ passing game was almost unwatchable. That could be attributed to a number of factors, from the annual carousel of quarterbacks that the Browns go through to the offense itself.
However, the newly-installed West Coast offense is built to be receiver-friendly and guess who has had plenty of experience with it? That’s right – Greg Little. People are noticing this potentially perfect opportunity for Little, as he is being described as a possible fantasy football option (among rookie wide receivers) and a potential surprise among the entire AFC North crop of rookies.
So what can Browns fans truly expect from Little? The Browns have made it clear that they are expecting their draft picks to produce immediately, mostly out of necessity. That means Little will be given the opportunity to quickly rise in the ranks, especially if players like Massaquoi and Robiskie are unable to take it to the next level themselves.
While about 40 receptions and 500-550 yards seems like a safe bet, the sky is really the limit for Little. The biggest concern surrounding him will be how he adjusts to having been out of football for an entire season, but if she shows something to the coaching staff early, it is possible that he could find himself in the starting lineup by the start of the regular season.