Gordon impresses with mature approach

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has impressed quarterback Jason Campbell with his maturity, on and off the football field.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has totaled 582 yards and three touchdowns on 32 receptions through the six games this year, and ranks second on the team in all three categories, despite missing contests against the Miami Dolphins and at the Baltimore Ravens because of a league-mandated suspension.

But while physical abilities allow him to make game-changing plays, perhaps, what is most impressive to Gordon’s teammates is his approach to the game, and life, off the field.

“I see him maturing,” quarterback Jason Campbell said. “A lot of things have happened to him in the past that have caused him to take a really hard look in the mirror and see the things that he can really become and not let things get him in trouble and prevent him from being the player that he can be.

“From that standpoint, he’s more of a quiet guy. He’s maturing and understanding. I didn’t realize he was that young. He’s 22 years old, and it’s almost like he’s really a little brother.”

Although that “little brother” is physically gifted and stands 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Campbell believes he can help the young pass-catcher blossom into an elite wide receiver. And the numbers back that up.

Five of Campbell’s 22 passes went to Gordon in the Browns’ 23-17 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, and the second-year receiver turned those receptions into a game-high 132 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown.

“He can be really good,” Campbell said. “I always tell him to study film of the great ones that are playing right now -- Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall -- and continue to learn from those guys what they do best on a week-in, week-out basis to put up things that they’re doing. Josh has all the ability in the world to be what he wants to be.”

And what Gordon wants to be is a “Cleveland Brown,” which he has stated on many occasions. Gordon will be a Brown for the rest of the year after the trading deadline expired on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s definitely a relief because having that in the back of your head, it’s a business,” Campbell said. “For him to have that behind him, it gives him opportunities to focus on this season.

“He’s focused on each game and not if he’s going to have to pick up and move or if he’s going to have to pack anything. I think (the front office) understands what a tremendous player they have. They’re willing to grow with him and are willing to help him mature.”

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