The Browns will be reporting to training camp July 28 hoping they can turn the tide on their struggles in a tough AFC North.
Training camp provides the opportunity for players to get back in game shape and improve their skills for the upcoming season. This season will not only be the first full training camp for rookies but also for sophomore players due to the lockout that impacted the training camp schedule in 2011.
One of the sophomore players looking to take advantage of a full schedule is wide receiver Greg Little. A second-round pick in 2011, Little will be looking to have a profound impact on the Browns offense this season.
With rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden as the likely starter, Little has an opportunity to benefit most this year. In his rookie year, the former Tar Heel caught 61 balls for 709 yards and two touchdowns.
Little's strengths include his size and length. He can go up and get the ball on any given play down the field. He's not afraid to go over the middle and make a catch. This surely will help Weeden get comfortable with him.
The 23-year-old doesn't have gifted speed, but he has the ability to fake out defenders to gain separation down the field. The intelligence he possesses will be a big advantage for him against any defensive back who covers him.
The combination of Weeden and Little could be one of the better quarterback to wide receiver duos in the division. There are many young connections in the league that have a lot of promise now and into the future.
The Browns could use a veteran presence to help take the pressure off the young wide receiver. Regardless, Little's numbers are expected to increase this year. The Cleveland passing game was among the worst in the NFL last season, but he still put solid numbers on the board.
Expect Little to be a key player on third-down for the Browns. He is the best option at the receiver position. It's likely in training camp that he will be the go-to-guy for Weeden. Big time players love the big time situations. The Browns need a player to step up. He is the guy for that situation.
Little can be a Pro Bowl caliber weapon for the Browns moving forward. The numbers we could see from the North Carolina native this year could be special. It wouldn't be shocking to see him surpass 1,000 yards receiving and catch at least eight touchdowns.