Shurmur praises Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi

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The Browns don’t have a big-name, No. 1 wideout.  But they hope that some of the guys on the depth chart will play like one.

As Browns G.M. Tom Heckert explained it on PFT Live earlier this month, the Browns have specific hopes for Greg Little, a rookie second-round pick in 2011 who didn’t play at all in 2010 and who had limited prep time for his first NFL season.

Based on the first OTA of the 2012 offseason, coach Pat Shurmur likes what he sees from Little.

“I think Greg Little looked really good to me today,” Shurmur said in comments distributed by the team.  “I think he has changed his body, he looks much leaner and he was running around well. . . . I think it’s his first true offseason as a pro and I think what he has done is he has taken good care of his body.  He
is much leaner looking to me than he was when he came into training camp a year ago.  I think he has worked on his diet and nutrition, and has gotten himself in shape to come out here and run a lot, which receivers have to do. I think that will help his development.”

Shurmur also was happy with another past second-round pick who plays receiver for the team.

“[Mohamed Massaquoi] did a nice job out there,” Shurmur said.  “I would say it’s safe to say that they are our first two right now.  As you know though, sometimes you play three receivers and sometimes you play four.  There are other guys in there and we could go through the whole list if you like, but I think those other guys are competing and doing well as well.”

The biggest name from the rest of the bunch is Josh Cribbs, a return ace and Wildcat threat who never really has developed into a high-end wideout.  They need several of those second-tier guys to step up — especially if rookie running back Trent Richardson draws extra attention and opens up the passing game.

5 responses to “Shurmur praises Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi

  1. The fact that we have a QB that can actually throw the ball will help. Same goes for T Rich.

    Defenses will eventually have to respect the run and it will open up the passing game.

  2. You’ve got to take these sorts of comments with Shurmur with a large grain of salt. Remember, he was praising Colt McCoy effusively right before the draft. Then the team drafted McCoy’s replacement.

    The WR corps is the weakest part of the Browns’ roster, and everybody knows it. Talking up these guys is understandable, but it doesn’t make them any better. Little and Massaquoi are young, so they might take a step forward this year, but neither one has high-end potential. At some point a true #1 receiver is needed, but this year the Browns elected to use their high picks on an RB and a QB. They’ll look for a #1 WR some other time. Meanwhile they have no choice but to talk up the guys they’ve got.

  3. Initially I wasn’t thrilled with the Benjamin pick but if either he or Saffold can hold up physically they could really stretch the field and open things up in the short and intermediate game for Little, Momass, and the tight ends. Do not discount Norwood as he is the only wideout besides Cribbs who has shown the ability to gain yards after the catch.
    If the offensive line improves, the running game is better and Weeden’s arm opens up the field then the receivers will likely be better by association.

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