EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver
Gordon caught two of the passes thrown his way on Sunday and both of the receptions went for touchdowns. He finished the day with a team-leading 82 yards receiving. Only Giants rookie Reuben Randle had as many receiving yards as Gordon on the day.
“I think it was something I needed to get done for myself, but I really have my mind set on team goals and aspirations and really just battling and trying to get a win,” Gordon said following the loss. “When I contribute to a win is when I’ll consider it a breakout game.”
Gordon hauled in a 62-yard touchdown reception from first-year quarterback
On second-and-five from their own 38-yard line, the Browns utilized a play fake to running back
“He needed that and offensively, we needed that,” Weeden said of Gordon’s first touchdown. “I liked that play all week and I thought it had a chance. I circled that one on my play sheet, one that I was hoping we would call and we dialed it up. We executed it kind of how we dialed it up and it’s always nice when it happens. That was part of the fast start. We just weren’t able to build on that.
“We knew kind of what coverage we were going to get. It was all about that strong side safety.
Gordon caught a 20-yard touchdown -- his second of the game and season -- on a go-route at the 3:56 mark of the fourth quarter in Sunday’s game. Gordon’s reception cut the Browns’ deficit to 14 points at 41-27.
Gordon’s most prolific game in a Browns uniform came just three days after offensive coordinator Brad Childress said that the first-year wide receiver had his “best practice as a professional” on Wednesday.
His success on the field came at a time when the Browns were without the services of veteran
“At practice, you go in and you might mess up a couple times, but you look to the sidelines and see that nobody is available to come in for you, so you still have to step up, continue to fight and battle hard each rep,” Gordon said. “That’s really where it clicked in. No matter what, you’ve got to keep going hard to the best of your ability and it definitely helps.”