The Oakland Raiders did not address the wide receiver position in the 2014 NFL Draft, but have made stride to improve the position afterwards. On Monday, the team claimed wide receiver Greg Little off waivers. Little was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
Little was drafted in the second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft and showed flashes of that potential in Cleveland. However, he has hampered by inconsistency and dropped passes throughout his three seasons. The 24-year-old will join a solid Raiders' wide receiving corps of James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore, and Andre Holmes. He started 13 games for the Browns in 2013 with 41 receptions for 465 yards and two touchdowns. In 2012, Little had his best season starting all 16 games with 53 catches for 647 yards and four touchdowns.
The 6-2, 220 pound Little will add some physicality to the Raiders wide receivers group. The competition to earn a spot should bring out his best. He will have to focus on the inconsistency that plagued him in Cleveland. Priority number one will be eliminating the drops.
General manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen have preached competition this offseason. That is the reason they added many players via free agency. Their plan is to breed competition throughout the roster. That will be the case for Little. Another commonality with other players the Raiders have brought in is Little has questions and a chip on his shoulder to prove he can play at a high level.
Oakland also announced the additions of two players along with Little. The Raiders added linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu and cornerback Jansen Watson for competition in training camp.Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Andre Holmes, Cleveland Browns, Dennis Allen, Football, Greg Little, James Jones, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Reggie McKenzie, Rod Streater
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