Coaches, teammates believe in Gordon

Posted Dec 8, 2012

Cleveland Browns coaches and players are believing in Josh Gordon’s ability to make plays for the team.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has made an impression on his teammates and coaches by making catches and scoring five touchdowns of more than 20 yards after not having an offseason program leading into his rookie season.

Gordon set career highs with six receptions for 116 yards in the win over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. In his last three games, Gordon has been on the receiving end of 15 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

“I would hope it’s the tip of the iceberg,” Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress said. “I just see him getting more comfortable every week with what we’re doing, not having to think, letting his God-given athletic ability kind of show itself.

“I talked before about him being a great note-taker, being a studious guy in meetings and I think that’s helped him on the football field. Like I said, his God-given athletic ability is coming into play now. Just because he doesn’t have to think as much, he’s doing some things that don’t require a great deal of effort. In terms of processing it and getting out of the huddle, you really want to be concentrating on what’s happening on the other side of the ball as opposed to what you’re supposed to be doing.”

Gordon has 34 receptions and leads the Browns with 646 receiving yards and five touchdowns, including a career-long 71-yard score in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 14.

According to his teammates, Gordon knows that he can get better with more experience.

“He can be much better and he knows it,” running back Trent Richardson said. “He’s climbing that mountain where he’s going to be one of the greats. He’s going to be one of those guys you always talk about when you talk about the Cleveland Browns.”

Fellow wide receiver Joshua Cribbs added, “You have yet to see his full potential. All you see is the remnants of it when he catches touchdowns, runs for touchdowns or catches first downs across the middle. He’s been great for us so far and I can only see him getting better.”

With Gordon’s increased level of production, coach Pat Shurmur has started to see a quiet confidence in the first-year wide receiver.

“I think as you make more and more plays, you develop a confidence that you can do it over and over again,” Shurmur said. “I think what’s important is he still remembers the process and what he has to go through each week. I think he has to know that he’s done some good things. I promise you he knows that there are areas he can get better.”

Quarterback Brandon Weeden said that Gordon is “not all the way there yet,” but that he is “starting to get a feel” for the West Coast offense after missing the offseason because he was selected in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft in July.

“The sky is the limit for that guy,” Weeden said. “The guy is talented. He’s tall, he’s long, he’s fast, and he catches the ball well. He does all the things you want. Consistency is always the thing you talk about with guys that separate themselves from the rest of the pack as far as receivers. Consistency is the big thing. He’s been consistent for the most part. I’m glad he’s on our side to sum it all up.”

While Gordon continues to develop his physical skills and find his way in the NFL, Cribbs wants to see him blossom into a leader.

“He still doesn’t talk a lot,” Cribbs said. “He’s quiet and I want him to break out, be vocal and be a leader. Even a rookie can be a leader. He’s having an awesome season, and he’s only getting better. He’s going to be that guy, so I’m glad I have an opportunity to help direct him and just help lead him down a good path.”

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