Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little (18) warms up on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns release Greg Little

The Cleveland Browns continue to shake up their wide receiver group in light of what could be a substantial suspension for Josh Gordon.  After signing both Earl Bennett and Miles Austin yesterday, the team has opted to release former second round pick, Greg Little.

Little has flashed talent at times with a good amount of physical ability, but he has struggled and gotten a bad reputation for being unable to catch the ball.  Most of this seems to be because he struggles to separate from opponents in running his routes, causing almost every pass to him to be a tougher catch than it needs to be.

The timing of the release could be in the best interest of Little as he will have plenty of time to catch on with a different team and perhaps get a fresh start.  There were some that thought Little might get a look this year in part because he was good friends with Gordon.  A new regime, a new approach, and perhaps cleaning house of some of the issues that may or may not have contributed to Gordon’s current circumstance may have all played a role.

Little will be subject to waivers.

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  • Richard Ciesielski

    I still think they should have swapped his position with Skrine. It makes sense, picture him on defense, he stays close to the reciever and goes to catch the ball but blocks it. Even if he catches it would have been a win. Skrine is good but he gives up yards at times when they flag him for his play. Little, thanks though for being a Brown, you did try.

  • freeme10

    So, we are loading our corps with possession receivers. This is a good strategy for a young quarterback. Expect JFF to hand the ball off on 1st and 3rd with a light toss in between. I like it.

  • Joe

    Greg caught 61 passes in 2011 under Pat Shurmur as OC.
    Greg caught 53 passes in 2012 under Brad Childress as OC.

    Greg caught 41 passes in 2013 under Norv Turner as OC.
    How would he have performed under Kyle Shanahan?
    We’ll never know, but we do know, through common sense, that the annual turnover of
    offenses and offensive coaches could not have helped him develop.
    Good luck to Greg in his next stop and may he find stability.

  • Joe

    Miles Austin was the receiver the Browns wanted Little to become.
    Now, with Austin on the team, Little was no longer needed.
    Who will be kept as WR’s barring further moves?
    Austin, Bennett, Burleson are not guaranteed, but likely to make the final cut.
    Benjamin, if he still has his speed, is likely.
    Chandler and Krause may fight for one spot, & if a 6th WR is kept, Snead & Shaw may figure in.

  • Gary

    Greg who?