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

Greg Little planning on proving his talent in Oakland

Just a few short seasons ago Greg Little was a promising young wideout for the Cleveland Browns, one of the team’s top pass catchers as a rookie and looking like he was on the way to being a fixture in the Browns depth chart at wide receiver for years to come. That future never panned out as Little’s last two seasons have both been drop offs from his rookie campaign, showcasing erratic behavior on the field by way of dropping the ball in addition to some questionable decision making off of the field as well picking up a reckless driving case.

Inconsistent play allowed the Browns to make what they felt was an easy choice in waiving Little after picking up some free agent talent, but Little has been given another chance by general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen to prove his talent. A chance that Little feels he can take full advantage of if he finds that consistency his game as a pro has been lacking.

“This league is built on consistency, performing at a high level for all the time,” Little said last week in an interview on Sirius XM’s “Late Hits”, with hosts Alex Marvez and Bill Polian. “Those players are looked at as the top guys. I remember Norv Turner saying that’s the type of guy you want to be. You want people to know what you’re going to be week in and week out. I believe that’s what I’ve lacked in my career so far. I’ve had flashes of being that talent that many teams want.”

Preparation is something that Little says he has been working on as well as a focus on fundamentals that he hopes translates into success when put in the high pressure and high speed of game situations.

“It’s the way that you prepare and the way you go about things,” Little said. “That’s what it comes down to. If I prepare like every day is Sunday, you’ll see changes in my play as well.”

Should Little find a way to find his rookie form the Raiders could have a potential reclamation project that has strong upside. After all Little is only a few years removed from being a second round pick who was on the rise to becoming a fixture near the top of the Browns depth chart. Now coming to Oakland looking to fight his way onto the roster this summer, Little says that he is happy to be where he is and at a team he feels is headed in the right direction.

“I didn’t know much about the team at first, but being in the building and around the team the last couple days has really let me know what this team is capable of doing,” he said. “I’m really happy to be here. I know the team is headed in the right direction.”

What Little’s future will be in Oakland is unknown, but a key to his redemption narrative turning into a successful one with the Raiders does hinge on consistency being found in both his life and on the field. If Little can become a true professional and work hard enough to fix his issues with drops and poor numbers there is a chance the former second round pick can stay in the league long enough to show his talent on the type of basis that he aspires to reach.

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  • James Schroeder

    Yeah it’s obvious that coming out of the draft Little was very excited to enter his rookie contract with an NFL team and play considerably well his rookie year. That was… Until reality set in and he realized he was in Cleveland playing for the Browns. To top it off, they didn’t even have a good quarterback throwing him the ball. You know when good talented receivers start dropping the ball. When they don’t really want to be there. In this situation I would have to ask myself. If I was a talented wide receiver would I want to play for the re-building Cleveland Browns or with the rebuilding Oakland Raiders. I’m pretty sure for everyone outside of Cleveland this is a no-brainer except of course for the jealous raider haters who secretly envy the most story franchise in the history of the NFL. Greg Little probably feels honored to be a part of this group. And I’m sure people in Cleveland will be scratching their head saying “why couldn’t he play like that for us?”

  • Maconslab

    Couldn’t agree with you anymore if I tried Little will flourish in Oakland if MS can put up consistent numbers. We could be seeing something reall special if the team chemistry kicks in!!! Go Raider Nation!!!

  • GreeneWolfe

    With Streater quietly becoming a top notch NFL receiver, and the addition of James Jones (who could be a mentor for Little) , and Little this Raiders receiving unit could be great. I love what Reggie McKenzie had done. Also I believe Andre Holmes will surprise people as well, and hey we still got Denarius Moore..A much improved receiver corps, and finally we have a REAL QB in Matt Schaub, instead of Pryor and McGloin for creeps sake, to throw to these guys. I am excited and can’t wait for camp to start…GO RAIDERS!!!!

  • Raider Grant

    Time to put up, or shut up! The rest means ………little! Go Raiders :-)

  • Jo Haca

    Yeah, I’d recommend you go back and look at his tape. Tons of drops on easy throws with little or no coverage. You’re absolutely right saying that they didn’t have a good QB throwing to him, but any receiver that drops as many easy catches as he did has some red flags. Good luck!

  • James Schroeder

    Only time will tell. Sometimes all you need this a second chance and a fresh start. If he puts the hard-work in the off-season there is no reason he can’t return to form and have a breakout year. Drops can be more mental than they are physical so he will need to improve on that. Like catch the ball before he looks upfield for example, or don’t be afraid to take a hit while making the catch. If he is coached right and puts in the hard work he will be fine.