When Brandon Weeden went out with an injury and backup Brian Hoyer stepped in to quarterback the Cleveland Browns, things were looking up for the franchise in the 2013 NFL season and after the Trent Richardson trade. However, when Hoyer went down with a torn ACL and Weeden was the starter once again, the air of hope was let out of the proverbial room.
Weeden, in his second season in the league and with Cleveland, has shown no real signs of being a quality quarterback at this level. However, one thing that has been shown is that wide receiver Josh Gordon can have success in this league no matter who is throwing him the ball.
After missing the Browns’ first two games due to a suspension, Gordon has quickly come in and been one of the better receivers in the entire league. Through the four games that he’s played, the second-year pass-catcher has caught 25 passes for 429 yards and two touchdowns, as well as being on the receiving end on 21 plays that got Cleveland a first down.
In his rookie season, once again playing with Weeden taking the snaps, Gordon emerged late r in the season as a deep-threat that, more or less, got garbage time throws from a Browns team that was trailing in a lot of games. He’s come into his second season not only showing the ability to still present a deep threat, but also having worked on his route-running and being a possession receiver.
The crazy part is that Gordon has been able to find success despite having Weeden throwing him the ball. Weeden is notorious for making misreads and bad throws, so for a receiver like Gordon to be able to have as much success as he has without what I would call a competent quarterback is impressive on the part of the receiver. If the start of his career and this season is any indication, Gordon is due to do some big things in this league.