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Offseason makes 'tremendous difference' for Gordon

Posted Apr 14, 2013

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says he is benefitting from offseason training after having only two weeks to learn the team’s playbook before training camp last year.

As a rookie last year, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon led the team with 805 yards and five touchdowns on 50 catches, and he did so without the benefit of the offseason training that most of his teammates had.

Gordon, who turned 22 on Saturday, was a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft on July 12. Two weeks later, he was entrenched in training camp while trying to learn the playbook and work himself into playing shape after missing the entire 2011 season because of a transfer from Baylor to the University of Utah.

Having spent the past two weeks in the Browns’ offseason program, Gordon said he feels much farther ahead of where he was last year.

“It’s a tremendous difference,” Gordon said. “Having the advantage of knowing the plays and knowing the style of offense coming into it months in advance as opposed to a few weeks of training camp and going right into the preseason, it’s a huge difference. It definitely will transition into the season a lot smoother than it did last year.

“I came back and was in Cleveland for a few weeks (before the workouts). I sat down and had dinner a couple times with Scott Turner, my position coach, got to meet with coach (Rob) Chudzinski and (offensive coordinator) Norv Turner. They’re great guys. We know their background, so we know they have the stats to prove everything they’re talking about. If everybody buys in to it, we shouldn’t have a problem with success.”

Coming into the workouts, Gordon knew it was an opportunity not only for him, but for the entire team, to improve.

“(I want us) to work together better as a unit with the offense and defense as well,” Gordon said. “As an offense, there’s a lot of young guys. Getting everybody on the same page, once we do that, I think we’ll be ready and set to go.”

Despite the advantage of having an offseason program, Gordon left nothing to chance when it came to his physical conditioning. In their time away from the facility following the 2012 regular season, Gordon and fellow wide receiver Greg Little worked out in Miami. They trained on all types of surfaces, and did both 5-K and dynamic-speed drills.

“I switched it up,” Gordon said. “I did a little beach workout, resistance-training, power plates, vibration-training, different stuff that people weren’t really used to. But I definitely think it plays to our advantage, me and Greg doing as much work as we did this entire offseason. I think we’re definitely prepared.”

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