Little finds veteran mentor in Bess

Posted May 25, 2013

Third-year wide receiver Greg Little has taken the time to learn from veteran wideout Davone Bess during the team’s organized team activity practices and meetings.

After leading the Cleveland Browns in receptions in each of the last two seasons, wide receiver Greg Little is focused on improving his game.

To that end, he is making a point of learning all he can from Davone Bess, the five-year veteran receiver the Browns acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins during the 2013 NFL Draft.

Bess has caught 321 passes for 3,447 yards and 12 touchdowns, and converted 130 third-down receptions -- second-most in the league since 2008 -- in those five years with the Dolphins.

“He’s a pro,” Little said. “He’s one of those guys that’s first-in, last-out, and that was good for him to come into our room and bring that with him. I think he compliments our room well, and what he’s able to do inside and on third downs, he’s proven he can be a playmaker.

“Just talking with him and seeing how he runs routes and what he’s thinking when he’s running routes is really what we’ve been talking about. He’s just added a little bit more to my game as well.”

Bess isn’t the only reason Little cites for making progress. He also said that he and fellow wide receiver Josh Gordon are benefitting from the competition they face from the defensive backs, particularly Joe Haden and T.J. Ward.

“We go at it pretty often, on and off the field,” Little said. “Oftentimes, it’s Joe and T.J. against me and Josh. It’s fun because you can see our team bonding more. We’re definitely all trying to push each other to get better, and that’s the most important thing. It makes practice that much more fun.”

During and after the meetings with Bess and competitions with the defensive backs, Little has focused on “fine-tuning the little things” in an effort to make himself a shiftier, more agile and explosive wide receiver within coordinator Norv Turner’s offense.

“Everything is downfield, and you get taught pretty quickly that you have to be well-conditioned to play fast and play at a high level,” Little said. “I just like the way Norv thinks. He calls more post and go routes than I’ve ever run before.

“We’re just going to come out and get better every day, and just try to build a foundation to go into training camp, start fast, and go into this latter part of the offseason injury-free.”

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