The future is sky high for Gordon and the Browns

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    After setting an NFL record with back-to-back 200-yard receiving games, Josh Gordon is finally getting the national recognition he deserves.

    Those who have followed Josh Gordon from his days at Baylor know exactly what he is capable of, but the majority of NFL fans are asking who is Josh Gordon?

    The Cleveland Browns took Gordon in the second round (first overall) in the 2012 Supplementary Draft.

    Players generally enter the supplementary draft because they missed the filing deadline for the NFL draft or because issues developed which affected their eligibility (such as academic or disciplinary matters).

    The issue for Gordon was drug related; he spent the entire 2011 on the sideline after Baylor suspended him for repeatedly failing drug tests for marijuana.

    Even during college there were hints of the immense talent.

    In his 2010 season at Baylor, he caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns from a quarterback named Robert Griffin the third.

    Unfortunately, Gordon was run of Baylor after an arrest and a failed drug test. He had not played a game in 18 months when the Browns took a massive risk on him.

    Tom Heckert, the former GM of the Cleveland Browns, was the one guy who decided Gordon was worth the risk.

    “He is a big kid, he can run and he has huge hands and long arms. An impressive looking kid,” Heckert said.

    “There were some concerns about him, so I drilled him pretty hard and he didn’t back down, and he told me everything I thought I needed to hear from him.

    “He promised he would be a guy we loved having in Cleveland. He is pretty fired about being a Brown.”

    Despite being fired, Browns fans should be thankful at some of the pieces Heckert acquired as GM of the Browns and Gordon may be his lasting legacy in Cleveland.

    In his rookie season, Gordon showed signs of what could achieve, with 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns.

    There were some key mistakes at times, with very easy passes dropped and some route running mishaps.

    Earlier this year, taking Gordon looked to have backfired, with him being suspended for two games for breaching the NFL substance abuse policy.

    He is currently in a drug program but one more mishap will leave him with a similar year to 2011 in Baylor, a year on the sidelines.

    It was that concern that had the Browns looking to trade Gordon earlier this year. Lucky for them they did not.

    That two game suspension may have been a blessing in disguise for the Browns. Gordon has come out of the gates firing on all cylinders and has got the job done for his team.

    Gordon has finally realised the talent he has and so has the entire NFL.

    With 237 on 14 catches last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and 261 on 10 catches Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gordon did something that even Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Randy Moss could never do; he produced the first back-to-back 200 yard receiving game.

    Gordon is currently ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards, with 1,249 yards, with Calvin Johnson (1,299) currently ahead of him.

    Gordon however, has done it in one less game than Johnson and arguably with three average quarterbacks.

    At 22, the sky is the limit for Josh Gordon; he is 6 ft 3 and has great speed and hands. He has managed to put up insane numbers with the likes of Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell throwing him the ball.

    The Browns have stated their interest in drafting a franchise quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

    Gordon is already a top ten wide out in the NFL and that could increase with a franchise quarterback.

    Having Josh Gordon with a franchise quarterback could be the start of something special for the Browns franchise.

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    • Roar Pro

      December 5th 2013 @ 8:49am
      Eliot Bingham said | December 5th 2013 @ 8:49am | ! Report

      Great read. Really missed out picking this guy up in my fantasy team. He has all the attributes that Megatron has but he plays for Cleveland which is disappointing. Would be more of a star with a superstar QB. I noticed against Steelers he has a laid back demeanour almost to say, yeah 200+ plus yards…no biggie

      • Roar Pro

        December 5th 2013 @ 9:39am
        Josh Wye said | December 5th 2013 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        I have been a fan of Gordon since I watched him a few times for Baylor a few years back and when he snuck into the NFL last year I took him with my last pick in my fantasy teams and it paid dividends. This year I did the same, I took him in the later rounds in about seven or eight of my teams and I am so glad I did.
        As for the Browns holding him back I think this season has made him work harder than ever. He has had to make the plays to supplement the bad QB play.
        I have no doubt that Cleveland will take a QB in the draft, with two first round picks they may even trade up for Teddy Bridgwater.
        Whether they land Bridgewater or even settle with Derek Carr, I think with a decent quarterback Gordon can be a top 3 receiver in the NFL.

    • Roar Guru

      December 5th 2013 @ 9:30am
      Brent Ford said | December 5th 2013 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      Don’t worry I certainly noticed him when he absolutely dominated my fantasy team, great athlete!

      • Roar Pro

        December 5th 2013 @ 9:40am
        Josh Wye said | December 5th 2013 @ 9:40am | ! Report

        Haha, he got me through to the playoffs in my number one league. Blessed.

        • Roar Guru

          December 5th 2013 @ 2:07pm
          Brent Ford said | December 5th 2013 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

          36 points was ridiculous!

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