Cleveland Browns Training Camp: Greg Little Working Himself into a Starting Role

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IAugust 7, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 22:  Greg Little #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dives past Florida State Seminole defenders Patrick Robinson #21 and Nigel Carr #12 for a first quarter touchdown at Kenan Stadium on October 22, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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When the Cleveland Browns drafted Greg Little back in April, many fans wondered what type of player they would see when the team took the field in August and September.

Little had been out of the game for over a year, struggling through a season of ineligibility handed down by the NCAA. Even after he was drafted, fans began to question his character as rumors and reports of even more violations would surface. Now, Cleveland's faithful are beginning to push those uneasy feelings aside as the former North Carolina standout is making huge strides in just his first two weeks in the NFL.

Little has taken advantage of an extended workload over the past eight days and is forming some great chemistry with the rest of his teammates. Due to a pre-training camp injury to Mohammed Massaquoi, Little has gotten the opportunity to take the majority of his snaps with the first-team offense and is currently listed at the top of the depth chart along with Brian Robiskie.

During Cleveland's Family Day practice on August 6th, Little was on the receiving end of multiple passes. One catch came in the form of a touchdown reception followed by a slam dunk celebration over the crossbar of the goal post.

Browns fans and the front office can only be pleased at the amount of progress Little has shown during the first two weeks of camp. Cleveland has struggled to find a top receiving threat since Braylon Edwards broke the 1000-yard receiving mark in 2007.




According to Little (via an article posted here), "Coming from a pro-style West Coast offense in college helps me tremendously to be able to step in with the ones and be under that fire, It's a great learning experience for me."

The Browns must hope that Little is looking for more than just a learning experience if "MoMass" is out longer than expected. Massaquoi is clearly further along in his development when compared to the other receivers in Cleveland's arsenal. Robiskie has only caught 36 passes over the course of the last two seasons and the Browns' leading receiver from last season, Chansi Stuckey, relocated during free agency.

It is too early to tell whether or not Little will be a play-maker or if he is just another promising talent that will fade into the pages of Cleveland's football obscurity. However, his success during the early part of camp gives hope for optimism heading into the first season of what is said to be the most quarterback/wide receiver friendly offense the Browns have ever run.

Brian Murtaugh is a Cleveland Browns Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Murtaugh is also the Cleveland Browns Featured Columnist for Rant Sports.