When Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner watches practice and reviews tape from a preseason game, he sees a talented group of players surrounding quarterback
“We see it on a daily basis out here (at practice), the ups and downs of being young,” Turner said. “I think you don’t see a lot of those because we have not had extended periods of play. We’ve been out there and played a quarter-and-a-half, or maybe a half of a game.
“There are going to be inconsistencies with young players and we’re going to have to fight through those things, (but) we do have a talented group, and it’s shown in our first two games, whether it’s Josh (Gordon),
Although Little has 114 receptions for 1,356 yards and six touchdowns in his previous two NFL seasons, the former North Carolina Tar Heel has not accepted success. Rather, he continues to work on his craft every day, spending 20 minutes after every practice catching passes off the JUGS Machine.
“The thing we like about Greg is there’s no one out here that practices harder,” Turner said. “He’s going to give you everything he’s got. He’s a physical player. He’s extremely competitive and he’s caught the ball well for us.”
Turner also has been pleased with the production from Cameron throughout the first half of the preseason. Cameron has four receptions for 72 yards, and two of his three catches went for touchdowns against the Detroit Lions last Thursday.
“He’s getting better, and everyone got excited about the three catches,” Turner said. “I got excited about the way he played inside in pass protection and run. He’s improving in that area and that’s the area he needs to improve the most. I think that he’s shown, in both games, that he’s going to be able to make big plays.
“If we can get rolling in terms of the running game and our wideouts making plays, my experience is that the tight end gets a lot of single coverage, and he’s a guy that’s going to take advantage of that single coverage.”
Gordon, the second-year wide receiver, led the Browns with 805 yards and five touchdowns on 50 catches last season. Despite experiencing knee tendonitis during the early portion of training camp, Gordon has been able to play in both of the Browns’ preseason games. He has five catches for 99 yards, including a 34-yarder that set up Cameron’s first touchdown against the Lions.
“He’s had a really good camp,” Turner said. “I think Josh has done what we’ve asked him to do. He’s improved. He’s fought through some nagging injuries. He’s fought through some problems where he’s really tired, and I think he’s improved. He made a couple plays the other night that he hasn’t been making. He needs to continue to be able to finish plays and make plays on the ball, and use his body, but he’s improved in that area.”