On Friday morning, the Browns announced that they released wide receiver, Greg Little. The fourth-year man had 41 receptions for 465 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. However, he has been plagued with drops his whole career. Little just could never seem to hang on the the football, and his drops would kill drives that eventually  turned into losses for the team.

Despite the likely loss of the Josh Gordon, the additions of solidified receivers Miles Austin and Earl Bennett gave the Browns enough security for the upcoming season to let go of the disappointing Little.

I don’t think many fans are upset about the move. Occasionally, we’d see flashes of greatness from Little such as his performance against the Baltimore Ravens last year. He had 7 catches for 122 yards in a 24-18 win for the Browns at First Energy Stadium. Even so, with every good comes some bad with Little. In the Baltimore game, he also committed two personal foul penalties which costed the Browns crucial yardage.

This move was as much about a culture change than a performance decision. GM Ray Farmer and the rest of the Browns organization are looking to build a team that has good characters. Little was far from that. Truthfully, it goes way back to college when Little lied about travel accommodation and jewelry he received; which got him suspended for his whole senior year. Little was never the type of guy you’d consider a leader on the team.

Moving forward, I look for players such as former Bengals wideout Andrew Hawkins to fill the void Little left behind on the Browns. I’ll be it, not a very big one.

In the past, I kept saying that Greg Little has the potential to become a great wide receiver in this league. Despite the Browns releasing him, I don’t think it’s over for the former Tar Heel. I wish Greg Little the best of ┬áluck moving forward, and I hope he shines with whichever team decides to pick him up next.

But for my Browns, this move needed to be done.

-Zach Shafron

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