Saturday’s Family Day practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium was the first chance for many fans to see rookie wide receiver Greg Little, the second-round draft pick who is garnering some serious consideration to be the team’s number one receiver when the regular season begins.
And when training camp started, that seemed like a perfectly apt role for him. The 6-2, 220 pound receiver was impressing everyone during the Browns’ first few practices, displaying the strength and skills that a number one receiver should possess.
However, red-zone drills later in the week were a pain for Little, as he was plagued by drops and miscues. Of course, it was only the first week of training camp and we all might be nitpicking the rookie a little bit, but just as people pointed out his dropped passes during the week, the same people were quick to point out his impressive performance on Family Day.
In the red-zone drills this time around, Little gave the crowd something to cheer about by catching two touchdown passes – one each from Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace, with the Wallace catch ending in a 180-degree, behind-the-head dunk of the ball over the crossbar.
Up and down performances might be something to expect from Little – not only is he a rookie, but he hasn’t played much football in the past year and a half after sitting out his senior season for NCAA violations regarding agent benefits. There’s no denying that the potential is there, but how he stands up to possibly being the number one receiver so quickly remains to be seen.
As with most questions about this team, a lot of answers lie in the preseason. The new West Coast offense appears to be making some strides, but it only has one week of practices under its belt. As training camp moves along, a player like Greg Little will continue to improve, hopefully working towards solidifying his role as the number one receiver.
The most important thing for the Browns offense is to find a go-to receiver who can open up the defense, something the team hasn’t had since Braylon Edwards. Once that happens, it’ll be a lot easier to feel confident about the Browns’ future.