While it may have been Brandon Weeden’s 29th birthday, wide receiver Josh Gordon gave the Cleveland Browns the ultimate gift of making an impact on the field.
Gordon, who the Browns would select in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Round, caught four passes for 99 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown reception from Weeden.
With wide receivers Jordan Norwood, Mohamed Massaqoui and Travis Benjamin out due to injury, Gordon stepped up in their absence and made big plays when they needed them most.
At 6’3 and 225 pounds the former Utah product is beginning to show flashes of why the Browns used their 2013 second-round pick on him this past summer.
With his 99-yard, one touchdown performance, Gordon now leads the Browns in receiving touchdowns (3) and yards receiving (274)
With the recent issues of Greg Little and his drops and Massaqoui’s inability to stay fully healthy, have the Browns finally found their big-play No.1 receiver in Gordon?
Because if there is any team that needs a vertical deep threat in the passing game, it is the Browns, as their receivers have had issues holding on to the ball, or not making big plays downfield.
With a team as young as Cleveland that features a total of 15 rookies, it is easy to criticize and bemoan the lack of a quality player when that team has a lack of top-end talent and—at times—questionable play calling.
While it remains to be seen whether or not Gordon is the answer for Cleveland’s woes in the passing game, the way he played on Sunday, Cleveland may have unearthed a gem.
Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.
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