Gordon has first 100-yard game

Posted Dec 3, 2012

OAKLAND -- Rookie Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon set a career high with 116 receiving yards in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Oakland Raiders.

OAKLAND -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has continued to develop within the team’s West Coast offense throughout the regular season and took another step with his first 100-yard receiving game in the NFL in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum.

Gordon caught six of the seven passes thrown his way and turned those receptions into 116 yards and one touchdown.

“It’s a big deal, a big milestone for me,” Gordon said. “I haven’t had one all season, but definitely, I want to build on that. Hopefully, next time, we can get more than that, just give me some goals to look forward to.”

Browns coach Pat Shurmur added, “Josh caught the ball well. We think it’s a smart thing to throw him the football and we’ll continue to do that. He had over 100 yards and a touchdown. He’s a very talented young man that’s making steady progress.”

Gordon’s longest reception of the game went for a 44-yard touchdown from quarterback Brandon Weeden in the second quarter.

On first-and-10 from Oakland’s 44-yard line, Gordon released off the line of scrimmage and got behind the coverage of Raiders cornerback Ron Bartell and caught the ball in stride before sprinting the final few yards across the goal line.

“He was pressed up,” Gordon said. “I kind of gave him a move at the line and just ran around him, just ran a go-route and (Weeden) threw it. The safety wasn’t over top. It was pretty wide open. You just have to throw it at that point. It was a well-executed play.”

Weeden said Gordon was “just waiting” for an opportunity to make a big play, like he did on the touchdown reception.

“I’ve got so much confidence in the guy and when you get him in space, get him in one-on-one matchups, I really like the matchup,” Weeden said of the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon. “He’s such a big-body guy with great hands and there was one I missed in the middle of the field that got batted at the line of scrimmage that he might have scored on. He’s come a long way. He’s made strides throughout this year that I’ve never seen a player in any sport make so fast.”

Gordon’s touchdown against the Raiders was his first since the team’s 17-13 loss at Indianapolis on Oct. 21. Before the four-game scoring drought, Gordon caught four touchdown passes in a three-week period.

He turned his only two receptions into touchdowns against the New York Giants (Oct. 7), and caught one touchdown in the win over Cincinnati as well as the loss to the Colts.

“It died down for a little while, but I’m definitely glad to get back on it,” Gordon said of scoring touchdowns. “I got a good feeling of it again. Hopefully, we get another one the next game. I’m definitely glad to get back in the end zone, that’s for sure.”

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