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Browns WR Josh Gordon impressing with big-play ability

Josh Gordon, Nnamdi Asomugha AP

Given that he’s 21 years old and hadn’t played since 2010, it was reasonable to expect Josh Gordon to take some time to get acclimated.

Going over Nnamdi Asomugha for a 28-yard reception against the Eagles the other night was another sign the Browns receiver is learning quicker than anyone expected.

The Supplemental Draft pick has impressed observers in Browns camp, and has a chance to be a significant player for them this year, according to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com.

“I think where [Gordon has] come from Day One to where he is now, I think he’s come the most of anyone on this football team,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “I’m really happy with Josh.”

Along with Weeden and running back Trent Richardson, there’s an opportunity to provide something the Browns have lacked — big-play ability.

That’s why calling Gordon’s number against one of the top corners in the game was illustrative.

“Definitely so,” Gordon said. “It was a little strange, but the first play of the game they called it and I had no choice but to get warmed up. I’m like, ‘This is the real deal.’”

So far in the preseason, he’s averaging 17.6 yards per reception, and impressing with his willingness to work.

“I’ve seen huge improvement,” said coach Pat Shurmur. “I’ve mentioned this, the steady climb theory. Early on, he had to get himself in playing shape. He had to learn the offense. He had to get used to the quarterbacks that were throwing to him. He had to get used to being coached.

“That’s a little bit of a process, too, when we’re riding him. You’ve got to get used to that. When you think you’re a pretty good player and you have to deal with lots of coachable moments, which I thought he did fine, and as it all starts to come together, then you see a guy that’s got very good skill and ability start to make plays.”

After a series of failed drug tests and blowing through two colleges, there was reason to wonder if Gordon was going to get it. But so far, he’s saying and doing all the right things, and may actually justify that second round pick next year the Browns gave up for him.

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5 Responses to “Browns WR Josh Gordon impressing with big-play ability”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 28, 2012 8:09 AM

    I’ve said before, if Weeden, Richardson, Little, and Gordon reach anything near their expected potential, the Browns are serious contenders.

  2. godofwine330 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:27 AM

    I saw the guy on Friday and I was impressed. Glad this move is looking to work. THough I would have preferred to have him as a 3rd rounder, there is no way to know if the Browns over-drafted him or not because of the style of the supplemental draft.

    For any WR, the O-Line has to play much better for him to get open/go deep, but as far as he goes as a player I like it so far. I can’t wait.

  3. phillyphann83 says: Aug 28, 2012 12:16 PM

    Anyone else notice that catch over Nnamdi was a terrible throw?? If he just turns his head its an easy pick. QBs can’t put the ball in that spot, yeah he caught it and it looked good but it wasn’t a good throw, they got lucky. Weeden will learn though, I think he’s going to be an excellent NFL QB.

  4. brownsbacker44 says: Aug 28, 2012 1:23 PM

    phillyphann83 says:Weeden will learn though, I think he’s going to be an excellent NFL QB.

    I really hope your right. Browns fans could really use a descent season. I’m pretty happy with pre-season. Go Brownies!

  5. mrfrostyj says: Aug 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    I agree with PHillyPhann that Weeden has shown some carelessness as far as his passes go but some of that might come down to the play calling as the Browns seem to be trying to get him to throw as much as possible. The Browns most reliable hands (Ben Watson) has not played at all in the pre season so It’s almost safe to say they want Weeden to launch the ball all over the field as much as possible just to see if he’s skittish or not as well as test their young receivers hands (or in the case of Gordons play over Asomugha how physical they can be).

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