Greg Little Emerging; Motivated for Browns


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 has began his career reclamation in impressive fashion with the Bengals.  The former second round pick was signed by the Bengals on October 14th, just five days before the team’s Week Seven matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.  Little was able to catch up on the Bengals’ offensive game plan and played in that game.

In Week Eight, Greg Little was able to surpass both Dane Sanzenbacher and James Wright on the Bengals’ depth chart.  Little played 30 snaps on the day while Sanzenbacher and Wright combined for only 13 snaps.  Little caught three of five targets for 42 yards on a day where he could’ve been even more impressive.  Little had a 20-yard completion called back due to an offensive holding call on Andre Smith.  This along with Andy Dalton simply missing an open Greg Little on a 15-yard touchdown pass.  It was a highly impressive game against a tough divisional opponent for the newly minted Bengal, and could’ve been an outstanding game if not for a couple mistakes that had nothing to do with him.

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In Week Nine, Greg Little played his most snaps yet as a Bengal.  This time Little surpassed Sanzenbacher, Wright, and veteran Brandon Tate on the depth chart.  Little played in 41 snaps compared to Tate’s 15 and Wright’s seven; Sanzenbacher was a healthy scratch for the game.  Although Little finished without a catch on the day, the amount of playing time he received says a lot about how the Bengals’ coaching staff feels about him and what to expect from Little going forward.

This week, Greg Little is feeling particularly motivated as he’ll be facing his former team, the Cleveland Browns.

It will be the first time Little will face the Browns since being cut this off-season.  Little was likely released by the team due to his inconsistent ability to catch the football.  Thus far, Little has dropped two passes with the Bengals, so hasn’t proven that he’s past this issue.

Greg Little has done well to revive his career with the Bengals thus far.  The Bengals have a history of helping struggling players reclaim their careers and, so far, Little has begun his reclamation opportunity well.  His extra motivation for this week’s game against the Browns might just spring Greg Little’s performance and really get the ball rolling on his Bengal career.  If he can reach his second round potential with the Bengals, opposing defenses would shudder at the thought of having to face A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, and Greg Little in the wide receiving corps.

Tune into the Cleveland @ Cincinnati game this Thursday at 8:25pm ET.

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