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Gordon, Cameron provide big plays

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (pictured) and tight end Jordan Cameron each eclipsed 100 receiving yards in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron both eclipsed the 100-yard mark and combined for 272 of the 391 yards the team passed for in a 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

For Gordon, it was the third consecutive game in which he broke a franchise record. After breaking and then, resetting the Browns’ single-game receiving record first, against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then, the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium, Gordon then took his act on the road and gained 151 yards against the Patriots. In doing so, he broke the franchise mark for receiving yards in a season.

Despite missing the first two games of the year because of a league-mandated suspension, Gordon has gained 1,400 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 71 receptions.

“He’s playing at a high level,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of Gordon. “There’s no question about it. You have to put him in that conversation of those guys. Consistency is the thing that I’ll be looking for, and that we’ll be looking for as he continues to improve and get better.

“He has a lot of things that he can get better at, but I think he’s a great example of a player that you see developing. His best days, like our best days, are ahead of us and him.”

Gordon’s touchdown against the Patriots was an 80-yard score.

On first-and-10 from the 20-yard line, Gordon caught a short slant pass at the 28-yard line, stiff-armed Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib at the 36, and dashed from the left side of the field to the right sideline for the touchdown.

“It was a quick slant he had, and we caught them in man coverage,” Chudzinski recalled. “They were actually in zero coverage, where they were pressuring and bringing everybody. It was a great call by Norv (Turner). He caught the ball and then, was able to stiff-arm Talib enough to get away from him and run the way that he can run.”

While Gordon was making plays down the field, Cameron was working the underneath routes.

Cameron turned his team-leading nine receptions into 121 yards and one touchdown against the Patriots.

After giving up Gordon’s 80-yard touchdown pass, the Patriots scored 10 straight points and turned a 19-3 deficit into a five-point game with 5:43 to play. However, quarterback Jason Campbell engineered an eight-play, 80-yard drive that he capped off with a four-yard touchdown pass to Cameron.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Cameron had 108 yards on 14 receptions over the previous four games combined.

“I just think a lot of that’s the natural cycle of how things are going to play out during the course of the season,” Chudzinski said. “When a guy shows that he’s a playmaker and demonstrates that ability, people are going to account for him. They may do a better job or he may not have the numbers the next few games or the next stretch of the season, but then, it’s going to come back to him, eventually.

“I think that you’re seeing that with him, and he’s proven he’s a consistent playmaker. His route-running is getting better and, going back to another guy, you see a lot of development from a guy who’s best days ahead of them.”