Browns hoping Little, Gordon will step up

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With receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin both staying in Cleveland with hamstring injuries, the Browns will be shorthanded at the position that relies heavily on a guy’s ability to use his hands.

Enter Greg Little, whose hands have been suspect to say the least, and Josh Gordon, who hasn’t had much of a hand in the team’s effort so far this season.

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer breaks down various factors and concerns regarding Little and Gordon, who’ll need to step up if the Browns hope to take advantage of the Giants’ bad habit of playing down to the level of the competition when playing at MetLife Stadium.

Gordon, a rookie who arrived via the second round of the supplemental draft, has participated in 55 percent of the snaps, but he has caught only seven passes.  But Gordon has had a great week of practice, and there’s a feeling he could break out on Sunday.

Little was supposed to be the breakout star in the passing game this year, but five drops have landed him in the Dawg Pound doghouse.  Pluto writes that Josh Cribbs was due to have a bigger role in the passing game in Week Four against the Ravens before Cribbs exited with a concussion sustained during a punt return, in part to let Little and Gordon know that their draft pedigree doesn’t guarantee them playing time or opportunities.

Cribbs is cleared to play today, and he could have a big role on offense on Sunday.  But Little and Gordon could be the guys who make the difference between the Browns falling to 0-5 and Cleveland pulling off what some would regard as a huge upset, even though the Giants’ tendency to author periodic clunkers at home wouldn’t make a Cleveland win a major surprise.