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Gordon has another record game

Posted Dec 1, 2013

For the second straight week, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon set the team record for the most receiving yards in a game.

What can Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon do for an encore?

How about break the franchise record for receiving yards in a game for the second consecutive week, because that was exactly the case for Gordon in the team’s 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

One week after breaking the team record for the most receiving yards in a game with a 237-yard performance in a 27-11 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gordon bested his own mark with 261 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches against the Jaguars. He also broke the NFL records for the most receiving yards in a two- and three-game span.

Gordon, one of only eight players in NFL history with multiple 200-yard receiving games in a single season, is the first in league history to eclipse 200 receiving yards in back-to-back games. He also joined Gary Collins (1965) and Webster Slaughter (1989) as the only Browns ever to have three straight 100-yard receiving games.

“He’s making plays and showing the improvement he’s making and the type of player that he can be,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He continues to work at it, and hopefully, continues to develop. With the attitude he’s taken, I think his future is bright.”

After a 24-yard reception on the Browns’ first possession of the third quarter, Gordon had 149 yards receiving, but was soon removed from the game following a blow to the helmet by Jacksonville safety Winston Guy on a deep ball down the left side of the field.

“Oh, yeah, he got a good hit on me, that’s all,” Gordon recalled. “He got me in the chin, but I felt fine though. Nothing’s wrong with me. I wasn’t concussed. I told them I could come back out there and win the game. I’m alright.”

Gordon was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion, but returned to the game later in the half, and was on the receiving end of a 95-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden that gave the Browns a 28-25 lead over the Jaguars with 3:55 to play in regulation.

Gordon caught the ball at his own 23-yard line, spun out of a hit from a Jacksonville defender, and outraced cornerback Dwayne Gratz and safety Johnathan Cyprien for the 95-yard score.

“It was great,” Gordon said. “I thought that we were actually going to have a momentum swing right there, and we did for a second. It was a great play. Brandon made a good read on it, and I tried to finish it as hard as I could.”

In the last two games, Gordon has turned 24 receptions into 498 yards and three touchdowns.

During last week’s loss to the Steelers, he broke the franchise record for both yards in a game and the most 100-yard games in a single season, and equaled the mark for the most receptions in a game, 14, which is co-held by Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome.

In addition to the individual records, Gordon became the first Brown to eclipse the 1,000 receiving yard mark since wide receiver Braylon Edwards (franchise record 1,289) and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (1,106) both eclipsed the mark in 2007.

With 41 yards against the New England Patriots next week, Gordon would set the Browns’ single-season receiving yards record.

“I think that he’s just become a more mature football player,” Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya said. “The way he approaches the game, the way he prepares himself, the way he practices, all that stuff translates to the games. His body of work, when you look at what he does, you see it in practice. I’m a firm believer in how you practice is how you play.”

Browns safety Tashaun Gipson added, “I’m not sure what Josh Gordon’s stats were like, but I know that he had a huge game today, and he’s just been stepping up for us, making plays, being that go-to guy. When his number’s been called, he’s been making huge plays for this team and doing his job.”

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