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Evan Moore, Greg Little emerging in Cleveland

Evan Moore, Erik Coleman AP

During the lockout, we wondered if the Browns would add a veteran receiver to their mix of young players.

When that didn’t happen, we wondered who would step up out of their young players to emerge in a big role.  The early signs: tight end Evan Moore and rookie wideout Greg Little.

Vic Carucci, who has been a great read since joining ClevelandBrowns.com, said this week he envisioned Moore leading the team in receiving. He thought Little had the best chance to lead all the wideouts in catches.

Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer got the same idea, saying Little has the best chance to emerge as a No. 1 receiver on the roster.  He’s looked impressive in the preseason, although he has to cut down on drops.

We’ve heard a lot of good things about Moore this year. He’s a fourth-year undrafted player. Between him and Ben Watson, the Browns may throw the ball to their tight ends as much as any team.

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11 Responses to “Evan Moore, Greg Little emerging in Cleveland”
  1. lbcoach34 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:34 AM

    I love these guys – but I would not sleep on Cribbs or Massaquoi at this point – but Little has the chance to be a true #1 WR, but I doubt it happens this season

  2. oldbrowndawg says: Aug 31, 2011 9:09 AM

    This is all part of Mike Holmgren and Tom Hekert’s long term and solid plan of gradually adding young talent through the draft and developing them as the team moves forward. No more creaky-kneed old fellows who huff and puff and are slow and past their prime. Are you listening, Steeler and Raven fans? Laugh if you will, but, as you continue thumping your chest and trash talking, the Browns are quietly but steadily building a genuine contender. The delicious irony is that they’re doing it the same way Pittsburgh, New England, Baltimore and Green Bay have.

    So, let the games begin. We Browns fans hope and expect to see an exciting and fun-to-watch team of hungry, talented young players compete this year. Next year, thanks to the trade with Atlanta, we’ll have 2 first rounders and a total of 6 picks in the top four rounds and the development will intensify. Then, it’ll be on to the “target” year when it will be: a lean, mean, Steeler-killing machine in 2013.

  3. jgpike says: Aug 31, 2011 9:25 AM

    You can actually see a true foundation being laid for this team, versus a bunch of ‘bets’ and ‘reaches’. With the weak schedule (the first in forever) they should have a decent record this year, and as ‘oldbrowndawg’ mentioned, next years draft should create a base level of talent to truly compete into the playoffs.

    I was like everyone else when Shurmur (who?!?!?) was picked, but he looks to be exactly what the team needs and this management team actually is patiently making all the right moves.

    Go Browns

  4. waxthat says: Aug 31, 2011 9:29 AM

    too many drops for the brownies…Little – Braylon 2.0?

  5. sportstalkNETWORK.com says: Aug 31, 2011 9:44 AM

    Slowly but surely the Browns are building a team the right way – through the draft. Tom Heckert is to be applauded for two exceptional drafts.

    The Cleveland Browns will NOT make the playoffs this year but they will make a lot of noise in the NFL and be the team that nobody wants to play against.

    They certainly have turned the corner and no longer a laughingstock.

  6. mswravens says: Aug 31, 2011 9:54 AM

    Interesting…I was reading an article on cleveland.com yesterday saying Little has been inconsistent, unreliable, and also too many drops. I think WR is one of the toughest positions to develop, so I have no idea how good this kid will be…just interesting that one day he’s not quite up to snuff & the next day he’s a future #1… Guess that’s why they play the games!

    …on top of that, everything I previously heard was that Phil Taylor was looking to be the real deal & a potential force in the middle of their d-line. Why wasn’t he mentioned as a rookie emerging to play a big role?

  7. CKL says: Aug 31, 2011 11:05 AM

    Agreed, Phil Taylor looks like a beast.

  8. dk56 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:52 AM

    Little definetely has the talent to be the #1. Just needs the experience.

    The negative side to him is that he seems to already have the diva thing working for him.

    Just hope that if/when he makes it big, he can keep his ego in check.

  9. digitaldonnie says: Aug 31, 2011 11:57 AM

    Grossi is a hater. When he tries to make a personal prediction he’s usually wrong. Them he will bash the player(s) that were taking instead. He will never admit that the ATL trade was a good thing for the Browns cause he had mocked Julio Jones to the Browns. Don’t read his articles, twitter, blogs, emails, or hand written sentiments. You’ll only be dumber for doing so.
    p.s Pittsburgh sucks

  10. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 31, 2011 12:08 PM

    Little is a great fit for the Browns. He is hard nosed, attacks the defenders. A great west coast reciever due to his ability to get yards after catch, and most importantly, he plays with heart. The Browns are building a juggernaut to be reckoned with for years to come! Go Browns!

  11. feartheelf19 says: Aug 31, 2011 2:38 PM

    Evan Moore is going to be a beast barring any injuries or other setbacks. As for Greg Little, he has potential to be great and will be, I mean who wouldnt drop a few balls after being out of football for a year….

    I mean it seems as though he got used to dropping those parking tickets pretty easily at UNC…. Oops…(Huge fan, but had to say it)

    Go Browns!!

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