According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders have claimed WR Greg Little off the waiver wire. The Cleveland Browns released the troubled receiver last Friday.
Little was the 59th overall pick of the Browns in the 2011 draft. He was a blue-chip high school recruit whom the University of North Carolina landed over powerhouse programs Notre Dame and Ohio State. After showcasing his elite talents in three facets of the game – receiving, rushing, and returns – the first hint of off-the-field concerns emerged when he was deemed ineligible for his senior season for receiving improper benefits and then compounding the problem by lying to investigators about it.
In his rookie season with the Browns, Little finished second among first-year players in receptions behind A.J. Green and fifth in receiving yards. Despite flashing his tantalizing abilities on the field, he was hampered in subsequent seasons by a bad case of the dropsies and perceived attitude problems.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is known for is commitment to high-character players. Little must have passed McKenzie’s famous “eye-to-eye, man-to-man” test. If McKenzie is correct, Little represents a major infusion of talent into the receiving corp, the one area in need of an upgrade that the Raiders did not address in the draft (though they did sign four wide receivers as undrafted free agents). Here’s hoping that Little has his head on straight now, and that he takes full advantage of the second chance McKenzie is offering.