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Childress: Gordon 'making good progress'

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Browns rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon has worked hard to develop his skills at the NFL level.

Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon had just seven receptions over the first four games of his NFL career, but turned his two catches into touchdowns against the New York Giants last Sunday.

Gordon was the Browns’ leading receiver in the loss to the Giants. He caught a 62-yard touchdown in the first half and later, hauled in a 20-yard score in the fourth quarter. Gordon’s best game as a professional came just days after Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress said he had the best practice of his short career.

“I mentioned that he had his best week of practice as a pro, or best practice at that point, (and) it kind of manifested itself on the field,” Childress said. “Once you see that, once you see him practice that way and perform that way, you have expectations where you say, ‘We can’t go back to any back steps.’ Will we back step? We might. That’s part of being a rookie.”

Gordon was the Browns’ second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.

He entered the Supplemental Draft after sitting out a year while fulfilling the NCAA requirement on transfers. Gordon started his collegiate career at Baylor and later transferred to the University of Utah.

“We’re only five weeks into this thing,” Childress said. “I think he’s making good progress, and I told you before, he’s a smart guy. He’s a great note-taker. He has become a better practice player and game player.”

Through five games, Gordon has nine catches for 175 yards and the two touchdowns. His 19.4 yards per reception average leads the team. He is one of eight Browns receivers who have an average of better than 10 yards per catch.

Second-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur has taken notice of Gordon’s continued progress both on the practice field, on gameday and during the weeks of preparation leading up to each game.

“From a football side, I think he’s learning how to be a pro,” Shurmur said. “I was glad to see that he had a good week of practice, or better in my mind, and then, he went out in the game and had success. It kind of validates that, ‘Hey, if you do this, this will happen.’ Once you do it once, now, part of being a pro is repeating it and being consistent and I think that’s what he’ll strive for.”

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