Greg Little to Raiders: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMay 19, 2014

USA Today

It didn't take long for Greg Little to find a new NFL roster, as the Oakland Raiders signed the free-agent wide receiver off waivers on Monday afternoon.   

Pro Football Talk had the news:

The fact his new team squares off with his former team this season was not lost on him, either:

Little was one of the victims of the Cleveland Browns' offensive overhaul, which included moves for Miles Austin and Earl Bennett on Thursday. One day later, the Browns released Little, per's Marc Sessler

The 24-year-old may not have had the success he envisioned in Cleveland, but he is still a young player with plenty of potential.

In three seasons in Cleveland, Little came on quickly as one of the team's most reliable targets. He caught 61 passes for 709 yards in his rookie season, adding two touchdowns.

The North Carolina product actually saw regressions in his yardage and reception numbers in his second and third seasons in the league, however. He caught 53 balls for 647 yards in 2012, and 41 catches for 465 yards in 2013. 

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Oakland's move for Little has the chance to be a big one for the struggling AFC West franchise, which has few options on the outside. But Little's arrival and subsequent presence has the potential to change that. 

Denarius Moore has flashed playmaking ability, and the team brought in James Jones over the offseason from Green Bay. Rod Streater also had a steady year in 2013. But behind that, there's not a lot of proven talent to choose from. Little figures to help in that regard.

As a secondary, or sometimes third option in Cleveland, Little put up effective numbers and had his moments as a formidable pass-catcher. His size at 6'2", 220 pounds allows him to be physical with members of the opposing secondary and he can use his frame to out-muscle defenders.

It remains to be seen whether Matt Schaub or Derek Carr will be throwing the ball to him, but Little looks to be walking into a situation where he can thrive in Oakland.