Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has a goal — a huge one. The second-year pro told the media this week that he desires to be the best receiver in football, period.
“Hands down, just be outright the best wide receiver in the NFL,” he said after being asked his goals for next season.
To do so, he’ll have to unseat Detroit Lions superstar Calvin Johnson as the top dog. Most would agree that Megatron still claims the throne at the moment, but Gordon is inching his way closer — and at a rate faster than the speed of light.
In just 13 games this year, Gordon sits atop the NFL in receiving yards with 1,564 to go along with nine touchdowns. While leading the league in receiving yards is impressive in and of itself, Gordon has done it after missing the first two games of the year.
Did I mention that this is just his second year in the league? Oh, that’s right. I did.
Think about this for a second: Gordon doesn’t have another single wide receiver worth mentioning in the passing game. He has not had a halfway-decent quarterback in his two seasons. Brian Hoyer? Jason Campbell? Brandon Weeden? Please. Not to mention, a running game to keep the defense honest? Forget about it.
He plays for the God-forsaken Browns, folks.
OK, to be fair, Johnson had a similar situation coming into his career with the Lions — not much to work with. But, at the moment, Gordon has been the most impressive overall. That’s absolutely for certain.
This guy gets all of the attention from Cleveland’s opposition — every single game. Teams already know what is coming. They know Gordon is going to get plenty of looks each and every possession. Yet, still Gordon makes plays — big ones. He goes up and makes ridiculous catches that most second-year receivers could only dream of making — unless his name is Alshon Jeffery.
Gordon not only makes those catches, but makes a move after them to get downfield in a hurry. It’s no surprise he’s already broken records in just his second year, including the most receiving yards in a three-game span in the history of the league.
So, could Gordon overtake Johnson as the top receiver in football? Yes, he most certainly could. How soon could that happen? I would argue that next year is more than doable, so it looks like Gordon wasn’t being too hasty with such a lofty goal. It just might come to be.