NFL News: Browns release wide receiver Greg Little

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Well, that was quick and a bit surprising. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports on Friday morning that the Browns have released wide receiver Greg Little.

Little3Little was the team’s second-round pick in the 2011 draft out of North Carolina. In three seasons, he averaged 52 catches, 607 yards and three touchdowns. But his numbers (catches and total yards) dropped each year and his struggles with drops were a constant topic.

Just a week ago, Little was No. 1 atop the Browns’ receiving depth chart, alongside new slot receiver Andrew Hawkins. Then, the team added veteran free agents Earl Bennett and Miles Austin, who both have been inconsistent and had their share of injuries over the past few years. The team must feel confident enough in at least one of them to make this move.

Certainly, I wouldn’t have been surprised by this announcement last month. But with Josh Gordon’s likely suspension, I would’ve expected the team to at least hold on to Little for one final chance. Bennett and Austin are wild cards anyway; is Little that much riskier?

Overall though, I’ll state that I’m a bit more confident than most about the Browns’ receiving corps. With Jordan Cameron in tow, the Browns have an elite tight end capable of making some really outstanding plays. Then, there’s Hawkins, a very solid slot guy. They have several solid running backs in Ben Tate, Edwin Baker, Dion Lewis, Terrance West and more. Yes, there’s no easy way to replace Gordon; what other team in the NFL could do so easily?

Now, it’s down to Austin, Bennett and whoever else gets a chance to step up. A strange offseason continues to be strange.

  • cmm13

    As unsubstantiated as they may be; it makes sense to me.

    You made the move for Johnny Dbag, it’s time to go all in and throw that extra first rounder at HOU for Andre Johnson and show this town the NFL playoffs

  • Kildawg

    Nah, I got a very hard time coming up with articles due to work schedule and general laziness.

  • cmm13

    Brandon Weeden’s inability to throw the football has killed the last three receivers we’ve had.

    …..dammit, doesn’t work the same.

  • Harv 21

    sounds good. Johnson is mouthing off in frustration because the losing is grinding him down. Perfect fit here.

  • Harv 21

    that’s JFD-bag to you

  • Hopwin

    Thanks for stating the obvious. Most people didn’t read why Johnson wants out of Texas. Plus he is owed $12M this year and $16M next…

  • cmm13

    Not only the losing but that fact that he has the likes of Fitzy, Keenum and Savage throwing to him.

    WE HAVE JOHNNY FOOTBALL MY GOD HARV.

  • cmm13

    I only need him this year, then I draft Amari Cooper and cut bait.

  • Harv 21

    maybe that’s it: second round is where you find receivers with one elite skill, while the position requires at least a few in combo: hands, route-running/precision, quicks, speed, height. Occasionally a sixth rounder from a small school has more of those skills than expected. In the ’90s Michael Jackson in the 6th round was distinctly average for the Browns but better than anyone on our roster today. He could run and polished his skills just enough to have some productive years in the league before he broke down.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No one likes a braggard!

  • Harv 21

    [gasps at gaffe, falls to knees and forehead to ground in full submissive pose, waits for Johhny to touch him with tip of scepter]

  • Jason Hurley

    I’m guessing it’s his track record of futility. He’s had years to shake the “oops, I dropped another ball” syndrome and hasn’t. I wouldn’t trust throwing him a meaningful pass at this point – whereas the new guys don’t have that stigma.

  • RGB

    You should have had a couple.
    Must be your funny Bahston accent.

  • maxfnmloans

    my apologies sir, I was too lazy to read thru the comments before posting

  • Bluedog93

    Minus the cut players, the Browns essentially traded Julio Jones and Jonathan Baldwin for Phil Taylor.

  • RGB

    No worries.

  • Hopwin

    He won’t even put up for a year. He wants a ring now.

  • Hopwin

    That’s no scepter…

  • cmm13

    then that must mean…

  • willf6

    Ouch….

  • MrCleaveland

    He’s just happy to see you.

  • cmm13

    He must be a bad egg.

  • SPB

    Not in the least surprising if you’re a Browns fans and keep up. He should have been cut last year. His problem is basic: he is a receiver and has difficulty catching the ball. You know, that thing that receivers exist to catch? I can easily think of at least 2 games where his dropped passes very likely cost the Browns games. Good riddance.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    WFNY doesn’t like me…they don’t like the bad guy…I always tell the truth even when I lie!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-IkF4_iGBY

    *Warning: contains adult language!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    And people wonder why the organization was so pitiful right? Farmer’s first draft is already better then the last 14 and that’s just on paper!

  • Bluedog93

    A lot of them had people thinking they were good drafts “on paper” in the immediate aftermath of the draft. I’m waiting until they play some games to evaluate Farmer’s draft.

  • hutch058

    Wow, veikune…what a terrible draft, 8 players taken, only one still on the team…its unbelievable how many draft picks we have wasted

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Things always look better on paper but if people liked previous drafts on paper then they should absolutely love Farmer’s first attempt. Of course I agree lets see what these guys do but overall I feel like there are a ton of reasons to think the odds favor this drafts potential. And lets keep in mind two first round picks in 2015.

  • hutch058

    i really liked Jackson…TIL he is the mayor of his hometown in louisiana

  • Geust

    Seven Nation Army on line 1…..

  • Kildawg

    Make way for the bad guy!

  • Kildawg

    Make way for the bad guy!