Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little (18) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Browns: Too little too late for Greg Little?

When the Cleveland Browns drafted Greg Little with the 59th overall pick in 2011 they were expecting to get a star wide receiver. What they got instead has looked like a bust for the last 3 years. So the big question now is should they keep him?

Greg Little has the size, speed and athleticism to be a big time contributor in the NFL, but with hands seemingly made of stone, it looks as though that’s never going to happen. In 3 seasons Little has caught a total of 155 receptions for 1,821 yards and 8 touchdowns. To put that into perspective, Josh Gordon had 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and 9 touchdowns. Oh yeah, i forgot to mention that was in a single season, playing for the same team, while missing the first 2 games.

In 2013 Greg Little ranked 5th among wide receivers in dropped pass percentage. He’s set to make $753,000 in 2014 to finish out his 4 year contract, but with only a single game in 2013 with over 100 receiving yards and less than 20 receiving yards in half his other games played I think I’d pass.

As a matter of fact, with access to a professional weight lifting facility, trainers and the income to be able to afford top of the line supplements, at 6’1 and 195 lbs. I may be able to compete with those stats. I’m bound to have a few games with 4 or 9 yards. What?! Yeah, really. That’s what Greg Little recorded in 4 of his games last season. He also recorded 8, 12 and 14 yards in 3 of his other games. Pretty sad.

Although Nate Burleson was just signed to the team and vowed he would become a mentor to Josh Gordon, there was never any mention of him mentoring Greg Little who needs it far more than Josh Gordon. Toss in an Andrew Hawkins signing and a draft loaded with wide receiver talent and I think you can pretty much say bye bye to Greg Little.

There is the small possibility of the team keeping him around due to the small contract he has along with the depth he provides, but i can’t see him playing much. Nate Bruleson could try to help steer his career in the right direction before it ends in Cleveland. But after watching him for the last 3 years I for one do not have my fingers crossed. Do you?

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  • Joe

    If he blocks well, they may keep him and use him at times, but it’s not looking good for Greg.
    Getting hit over the middle by a LB you don’t even see, but know is there, is one of the most frightening things to do in sport.
    It rates up there with facing a 98 MPH fastball.
    Playing WR would make any sane person nervous, and almost nobody would do it.
    Greg Little is to be commended for his bravery and effort.

  • Jarod Cook

    I don’t see them releasing him, instead they’ll let him play out his contract this year and choose not to resign him. They don’t have a lot of depth at WR right now, and even with the draft they will only get 1 or 2 more receivers. Also those guy’s will need a year to adjust to the speed and physicality of the NFL. Maybe if he had a huge cap number they’d think about trading or releasing him. But with his cap friendly contract and no interest from other teams in a trade, it makes more sense to keep him then to get red of him.

  • Rick

    Give him this year. With new coaching, players and a last opportunity to make it big, he might just turn it around?
    Go Browns!

  • Letterman007

    Maybe they have designs on switching him back running back, as there was where he was in college. But that’s not likely and I can see him hanging around for depth as the contract is inviting!! They will get at least one wide out in the draft and I would frankly rather see them pick up a second quarterback late as another wide out! He has a great amount of athleticism unfortunately he inherited the hands of Daddy Wags of old Tribe fame!!

  • Leo Dougherty

    Keep. Make him a SpecialTeams stud.

  • Jeff

    Make him a running back

  • Greg B

    Until you have something better, keep him. Quit jettisoning players because of their draft position, keep the best players you have until you have something that improves the club.

  • micronot

    You get Burleson more to be a mentor to the young WRs and be a solid veteran presence, not so much expectation for on the field contribution. BUT, you hope a guy like Burleson can help get Littles game turned around. Little is also cheap in NFL terms, so I fully expect them to keep him one more year to see what they can do with him. He has the size and speed you need, so if he can develop a rhythm with his QB and learn how to not drop the ball so much, he could be a valuable asset.