After leading the team in receptions in each of his first two NFL seasons, Cleveland Browns wide receiver
That’s because Little believes he can make more of an impact for the Browns’ offense.
“So far, it’s been a wide receiver’s dream,” Little said. “Everything is down the field, and (Turner) really emphasizes pushing off the ball. Talking with Joe (Haden), he whispered in the meeting room to me to keep pushing off the ball the way I am because ‘everything is looking like you’re on a go. Keep that up because it’s really helping me if it’s anything intermediate.’ I just like how everything’s coming together.
“I’ve always been accustomed to run-after-the-catch, and this is definitely different because you’re already downfield, and that’s the good thing about it. I’ve had maybe 50, 60 catches for 500 or 600 yards, and maybe 50 to 60 catches in this offense is 800 or 900.”
Little, who has been on the receiving end of 114 passes, gained 1,356 yards and scored six touchdowns in 32 career games with the Browns, believes that pushing off the ball and making every route seem like a down-the-field look will make the biggest difference for him.
“It’s known that you want to make everything look (it), but Coach Turner just screams it at you,” Little said. “That’s definitely very evident that that’s how he wants routes to be run, and on run plays, to make everything look like you’re going on a go. If you stop, the DB is definitely feeling your presence.
“He’s so meticulous to where when the ball is snapped, he wants you to take a step as the ball is snapped, not when Brandon (Weeden) is in his drop. He’s coaching it to go.”
In addition to the change in route-running, Little believes his teammate, second-year wide receiver
“We tried to spend some time together in the offseason just working out, and to build a better relationship,” Little said. “We just try to push each other, and that’s the most important thing that we wanted to get out of that, just try to push each other and push the offense to be really, really good. What he does complements what I do well. I think we’re great companions.
“I just think he’s very explosive. A lot of times, when he was going deep, maybe 40, 45 yards, I was coming in behind him at 25, 30, and I think he’s able to take the top off the defense. Oftentimes, we can disguise that to where if he’s going intermediate or I’m going deep, and I can get behind a defense, those kinds of things complement us well.”