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Greg Little knows why the Cleveland Browns cut him, and it’s unflattering. While some athletes will tiptoe around admissions of fault, the new Raiders receiver discussed his professional shortcomings directly.
Consistency is the heart of his problem. It’s why the Browns released a talented player worthy of a second-round pick three seasons ago, even with a prolonged suspension looming over star receiver Josh Gordon. It’s why Little considers his true potential untapped.
“This league is built on consistency, performing at a high level for all the time,” Little said Thursday 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 (then offensive coordinator 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.”
That’s been Little’s biggest issue. Drops had plagued him thus far, with 21 in three seasons. This last season was his worst, with just 41 receptions for 465 yards. While some of this has to do with Cleveland’s lackluster quarterback play, just 46.6-percent of passes to him were caught.
By contrast, Gordon secured 58.4 percent of the passes thrown by the same quarterbacks.
Even notoriously inconsistent Raiders receiver Denarius Moore caught 56.8 percent of his targets and had just five drops – three came in one game.
Little believes consistency can improve with greater focus in all endeavors.
“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.”
The Raiders are hoping a change of scenery and scheme, and the gut check of getting cut, can get Little straightened out. He’s also entering a contract year, which could enhance motivation and focus during this second chance. Little believes the Raiders could provide an opportunity to turn things around.
“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.”