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

Raiders Add Greg Little, Per Reports

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.

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  • KloverJane

    Need some action. Excitement and the trickery.

    • Ben Greenberg

      Thanks for your comment, KloverJane. I agree 100% that the receiving corp in particular and the entire offense in general is in desperate need of excitement. Do you think that Greg Little (or perhaps one of the new receivers) will be able to provide it?

      • KloverJane

        They can provide. WILL Denarius wake up? All I’ve heard is, is that his maturity is in question. They just got try and take that spot light.

        • Ben Greenberg

          I am also pretty optimistic about the new crop of receivers the Raiders brought in during the offseason. It does feel like Denarius has never quite managed to put it all together. I think his most glaring deficiencies are recognizing the coverage scheme quickly and inconsistent route running, both of which can be improved with hard work. That said, it’s hard for me to get too down on him. He has far exceeded the production expected of a fifth round pick.