Little got the start in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, bringing in his only target for a six-yard gain. Little may have gotten the start across from Larry Fitzgerald, but recent draft picks Chad Williams and Christian Kirk did the damage with the first-team offense. Though he seems to have made a nice impression in training camp, the 29-year-old Little is still on the roster bubble, hoping to eventually play in a regular-season game for the first time since 2014.
The Cardinals signed Little to a contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A second-round selection by the Browns back in 2011, Little turned in his best campaign as a rookie, notching 61 catches on 121 targets for 709 yards and two touchdowns. He last made a 53-man roster in 2014 with the Bengals, totaling six grabs for 69 yards over six games, but the lack established options at receiver for the Cardinals could give him an outside shot of landing a job with a strong showing during the preseason.
Little was released by the Bills on Tuesday. The veteran wideout was let go on Tuesday even after his impressive preseason in which he was second on the team in receptions and receiving yards. Little will now hit the open market, with a chance to sign on with a team looking to add experience to their wide receiver corp.
Little caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Giants. Little was listed with the third-teamers when the initial depth chart came out. However, no one in the large group of receivers vying for the No. 3 and No. 4 jobs has completely stood out, so it's still a wide-open competition for those jobs, or even the final roster spots in general, especially with Greg Salas still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Games like these will help the veteran Little in his cause to make the team.
With Sammy Watkins still unable to practice, Little has seen significant time with the first team offense, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said quarterback Tyrod Taylor, "He's competing each and every day. He's gone out there and tried to make plays on the ball and has made a couple of acrobatic catches. He's in the right place as far as the routes go. He's definitely dialed in." Watkins will be back soon and Robert Woods is the clear-cut No. 2 guy, but the third receiver spot is a wide open race. Even coach Rex Ryan has no clue who's going to take it and there may be as many as 5-6 receivers with a legitimate shot at the job. If we had to guess, it seems like high-upside guy Dez Lewis and the journeyman Little seem to be turning the most heads - Little through his consistency and knowledge of the game - though there's still plenty of time left for the depth chart to be shaken up. Little could finish anywhere from the No. 3 guy to not making the team.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|8||10/28||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|10||11/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|12||11/25||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|13||12/02||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|16||12/23||Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|3 Year Avg||4||2||23||0||1||11.50||2|