The Cleveland Browns have finally found their number one receiver. It just took since 2007 to do so. Supplemental draft pick Josh Gordon has stepped up and answered the call. Using a 2013 second round pick was a bold but necessary move by general manager Tom Heckert. Just how good has Gordon been this year?
After being invisible the first couple of games, Gordon has put up some impressive numbers. Through 12 games, the Houston, Texas native has compiled 646 yards and 34 receptions for 5 touchdowns. The most impressive stat is his yards per catch average. Good for top five in the entire NFL, Gordon has a staggering 19 yards a reception.
For years, the Browns have longed for a consistent deep threat and go-to guy. Cleveland has found it in Gordon. The thing that everyone needs to understand about Gordon is the fact that he didn’t play football at all last year. The 21 year old was able to practice with the Utah Utes, but not play in games. Gordon was suspended for his continuous issues with marijuana. His last live action was in 2010 with the Baylor Bears, catching passes from Robert Griffin III.
If “Flash” Gordon can average 89 yards a game over the next four games, he will have put together an unexpected 1,000 yard campaign. The drastic improvement over his last ten games is a testament to Gordon’s hard work and dedication to getting better. The ceiling of potential for this rookie has just begun and the chemistry with quarterback Brandon Weeden is encouraging.
With career highs both in yards (116) and receptions (6), Gordon has been nominated for Pepsi Maxx Rookie of the Week. By the end of this week, we will know if Gordon wins the honors. More importantly, a big performance is on the horizon for this Sunday’s match up with the Kansas City Chiefs at home. However, the Chiefs’ pass defense is ranked ninth in the league. Let’s hope Flash continues his strong play.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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