Gordon focuses on future with Browns

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is ready to put the trade talk behind him and focus on his future with the team.

At 4:01 p.m. Tuesday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon felt a sense of relief.

With the passing of the NFL’s trading deadline, Gordon was relieved and happy to remain with the Browns after much speculation surrounded him in the weeks leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m definitely relieved; I wanted to stay here,” Gordon said. “I didn’t feel like uprooting myself, moving and starting all over again. I feel as though we’ve got a lot to prove out here, a lot to build on in this offense and this program with these guys. I want to say that I was at least one of the guys who helped get it started.”

With the Browns at 3-5 and eight games remaining in the 2013 regular season, Gordon is going to do whatever it takes to help the team get to the postseason.

“I’m going to try and help this team get as many wins as possible,” Gordon said. “I want to end up in a playoff game. We’ve got more than enough games to do it. Everybody’s heads are in the right spots.

“It’s a big deal. You always want to win a game going into the bye week because those few days off, you want to have memories of a win. When you come back, you want to feed off that, and hopefully, keep it rolling and get some more wins.”

Gordon enters Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with 582 yards and three touchdowns on 32 receptions in six games. He ranks second on the team in each of those categories, and is among the league leaders in receiving yards per game (second with 97.0), receiving average leaders (second with 18.2) and receiving average over the last two seasons (third with 16.9).

“I’m excited Josh is part of our team,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Wednesday. “I like the progress that he’s made as a player, the strides that he’s made, and am looking forward to continued improvement on his part. We want him here, and he’s here.

“He’s grown a lot, not just as a player, but as a person in understanding and maturing on and off the field. He’s not perfect. None of us are, but I see progress. I see him going in the right direction in all areas. I’m excited about his future, and I’m excited about him being here.”

In addition to being excited about having Gordon on the team, Chudzinski knows the wide receiver has raised the bar with his on-field performance.

During his career, Gordon has caught eight touchdowns, all of which have covered at least 20 yards.

“Being a guy who’s stepped up, the expectation level has risen for him,” Chudzinski said. “That’s something he may never have had to deal with before, understanding being consistent. With young guys, it’s about consistency. These are things I think he’s grown in and gotten better. I think he’ll continue to get better. I think his head, his goals and his approach are in the right place.”

Part of Gordon’s approach is consistently proving that he belongs in the conversation as one of the NFL’s top pass-catchers.

“I definitely want to view myself as a top-tier wide receiver,” Gordon said. “I plan on playing like that and practicing like that until I can’t go anymore. That’s what I’m striving for, to be the best, and if that’s the outcome at the end of the season, that’s exactly what I worked for.”

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