Cincinnati Bengals: Who is Greg Little?


Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Greg Little (88) makes a catch and breaks a tackle against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks (32) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Little is probably best known to Bengals fans as a Cleveland Brown from 2011 to 2013. He was also known as the second best rookie receiver in catches behind Bengals AJ Green from the 2011 draft. He was cut by the Browns in 2013 after a decrease in production and the odd man out after they had picked up Andrew Hawkins. If you watched yesterday’s game, you saw a familiar face, in a friendly uniform.

Little has a second chance in Cincinnati, as he was picked up on October 14th, and with Marvin Jones placed on the Injured Reserve and a need for a true WR2, at least while AJ Green is still missing, Greg Little is a great choice to fill that role. He may have had some dropped passes in the past, but his talent and field vision could far outreach the negatives, as we saw on Sunday against the Ravens.

He was not a bad option, especially  since he has 155 catches for over 1,800 yards for Cleveland in three season and a 6’3” frame that helps him outreach corners. He had three receptions for 42 yards and a couple key first downs in the Bengals win over the Baltimore Ravens. He had a few more targets but was overthrown on one occasion and with only 7 incomplete passes from Andy Dalton, Little provided a much needed contribution to lift the Bengals to a win on Sunday.

Once AJ Green returns, the Bengals will have 3 wide receivers over 6’2” and will have solid size, while Bengals nation awaits the return of Tyler Eifert. That will provide this already solid wide receiving core with the size it needs to beat the average corner, which is 5’11”, especially once he sees more one on one matchups.