Gordon and his teammates returned to the field on Sunday after what he called “a wild experience” and “definitely something new.”
“It was something I was trying to prepare myself for, but I’m glad I got it out the way and we’ll move on to the next one,” Gordon said. “I definitely got through it. It’s a learning process and there is a learning curve, but I’m here now and through practice these next couple days we have going into the next game, I feel I’ll be more prepared and definitely ready to attack it again.”
Gordon was targeted with three passes but did not make a reception in Detroit. He plans on changing that as the team prepares for its trip to Lambeau Field to play the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.
“I feel like I definitely could’ve been a lot more aggressive and that’s what I’m working on,” Gordon said. “I’m working toward coming off the ball a whole lot harder knowing that there are bigger defensive backs than some of the guys on our team.
“I definitely wish I would’ve caught a couple of those a lot cleaner and (could) make a play after the catch. Seeing as there are defensive backs trying to stop me from doing it, it impeded me a little bit, but I’m out here at practice and what I’m trying to do is figure out how to get more wide open so I can get a cleaner catch and do some more after the catch.”
When he broke down the game film from Friday’s win over the Lions, Browns coach Pat Shurmur saw Gordon as an NFL rookie who learns “everything by doing it.”
“He needs to be inspired and motivated, and his first game was a little bit like I might have expected,” Shurmur said. “When you play in a game as opposed to practice, the speed and the urgency and stuff just tends to pick up a little bit. I would anticipate that as he plays his way through the preseason, he’ll get better and better.
“You just keep working. If you’re an older player or a guy that’s been in the league a few years and you’re making lots of mistakes, then, we’ve got to talk about different issues, but for young players that are going through things for the first or maybe the second time, then, you’re a little bit more patient with that as they develop. As we get closer to the season, we become less and less patient about everything.”
Gordon said he would like to classify himself as a “self-motivated” player, but embraces the opportunity to get feedback from his teammates and coaches. He feels that interaction between his teammates and coaches helps players reach their maximum potential.
In order to reach his potential, Gordon feels he needed to learn how to handle “a lot of distractions” on game day, including the size of the stadium and the thousands of fans who fill it to cheer on their favorite team.
“The fact that I got to get that out the way and experience it for the amount of time that I did, I definitely feel like I have a competitive edge going into the next one,” Gordon said. “I want to do better, actually just prove myself and showcase what I can do. I’m disappointed in myself, but knowing that it was the first game and we had a lot of other guys get repetitions, I had to take that into consideration as well. I’m definitely more amped up to get into it again.”