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Greg Little puts on a show

Greg Little has had some struggles in training camp with some drops, but Pat Shurmer keeps pushing him and Little put on a show for the fans on Sunday in the practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Tony Grossi was impressed:

Little, who may have the most inapt name of all the new Browns, plays taller than his listed height of 6-2 and stronger than his listed weight of 220 pounds. An announced crowd of 11,965 may have come away a little more convinced of the team’s argument against pursuing a No. 1 receiver in free agency.

In red-zone drills on plays starting inside the 20, Little displayed the talent that attracted him to the Browns in the second round of the draft. On one Colt McCoy throw to the left corner of the end zone, Little leaped above cornerback Dimitri Patterson and safety Usama Young to snare the touchdown. A few plays later, he cradled a pass from Seneca Wallace on a skinny route to the post.

It’s very early, so let’s not jump to any conclusions. That said, the reports on Little described him as a great athlete, and it’s always encouraging to hear stories in camp that the expectations match the hype. This kid had some off-the-field issues, but many described him as having first-round talent. The Browns might have a steal with with guy. They need someone to emerge as a #1 receiver, and Little just might fit the bill.

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Tribe gets aggressive with Ubaldo Jimenez deal

Colorado Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez waits throws at Coors Field in Denver on May 26, 2010 in Denver. Jimenez was traded to the Cleveland Indians on July 30, 2011 for LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride and RHP Joe Gardner pending a medical examination. UPI/Gary C. Caskey

The price was staggering. The Indians traded Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Matt McBride and Joe Gardner for a pitcher who can be dominant. Ubaldo Jimenez is in his prime and he has a great contract through 2013.

I hate the idea of trading Alex White, as he looks like the real deal and he’s ready to pitch now. That said, you have to take calculated risks as a mid-market team, and the Indians now can be a force in the playoffs if they manage to get there. That would mean that Shin-Soo Choo comes back and returns to his old self, because the Tribe desperately needs offense.

The Indians were on track to have an excellent pitching staff for years to come. Now they have the chance to have a dominating pitching staff for several years. With a young lineup that can only get better, this might be a winning formula.

We’ll see, but they deserve credit for taking a calculated risk.

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