Cleveland Browns 2013 Breakout Candidate: Josh Gordan
Whether it be in college or so far in his one and only season as an NFL player, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordan has made more noise for his off-field issues than his exploits on the field of play. The fact he will miss the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s drug policy is testament to this fact.
Gordan had a fine rookie season in 2012 as he had 50 receptions for 805 yards and a five touchdown receptions. It could easily be argued that with better and consistent play from the quarterback position, Gordan could have potentially had 1,000 receiving yards.
Coming into the 2013 season, Gordan will benefit from having an offensive coordinator who knows how to take advantage of a big-play wide receiver and get him targets to be able to excel on the field of play.
New Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski is an offensive minded coach and on top of that, he has hired one of the best offensive coordinators in the last two decades in Norv Turner to run the offense.
While Norv Turner as an offensive coordinator has been known to be a coordinator who prefers to establish his running game first, the benefit for Gordan will be that as a result, he will find himself in situations where he can use his speed and athleticism in one-on-one situations against opposing cornerbacks for big plays in the passing game.
As an offensive coordinator, there is no doubting or questioning the fact that Turner is a mastermind and one of the best. For Gordan, he can look at how wide receivers like Michael Irvin and Alvin Harper who when Turner was offensive coordinator for the early 1990′s Dallas Cowboys, both were put in situations to make big plays in the pass game.
With an offensive coordinator that knows how to utilize and maximize the All-Pro talent which Josh Gordan possesses, Gordan is poised to be able to take the next step as a wide receiver and make the case he is ready to join the conversation of potentially being one of the ten best in the league at the position.
Yet, all this is dependent on Gordan staying out of trouble and focusing on football instead of running around with the wrong crowd and partying it up with LeBron James. Once he returns from his two-game suspension to start the 2013 season, Gordan should start to make a name for his on field exploits and be a breakout candidate to follow.