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Josh Gordon wants to be the best receiver in the NFL next season


Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon finds out if he made it to the Pro Bowl on Friday night and he already knows that the Cleveland writers have unanimously named him the Browns’ player of the year for 2013, but he’s setting his sights higher for the 2014 season.

Gordon’s goal for next year are to be known as “hands down just be outright the best wide receiver in the NFL.” It’s a lofty goal, but it may not be out of reach for Gordon after watching him scorch defenses this season. Gordon has 80 catches, nine touchdowns and he leads the league with 1,564 receiving yards despite missing the first two games of the season while serving a suspension.

In addition to setting his goal, Gordon has identified the part of his game that needs to improve in order for him to reach it.

“You can never have too much consistency,” Gordon said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t think I have enough of it. I’m glad where I’m at right now, but I think I could always do a lot better.”

Calvin Johnson has been the standard bearer for receivers for a while now and there’s no sign that he’ll be going away any time soon. Should Gordon be able to improve on this year’s production, though, he’ll be a contender for the title of heir to the throne at the very least.

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  1. packfntk says: Dec 27, 2013 10:35 AM

    Kid proved this year that he could be in the conversation next year.

  2. officialgame says: Dec 27, 2013 10:35 AM

    The guy has had an amazingly great year especially factoring in the Brown’s revolving door at QB. If true I don’t understand Banner trying to trade Gordon before the deadline?

  3. bucrightoff says: Dec 27, 2013 10:36 AM

    With a decent QB he very well may do it next season.

  4. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:40 AM

    He plays for the right O Coordinator. Norvell will put him in position to shine.

  5. indytom87 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    “um…so do we” — All of the other NFL WRs.

  6. jimcarper1 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    Sounds like he is finally getting it. He has all the talents in the world, but has let off the field things get in his way in the past. If he is indeed now focused on football watch out next year. This guy is a supreme talent, and he is catching on at a time when it appears Calvin Johnson may be slowing down from knee injuries

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 27, 2013 10:43 AM

    He has all the tools and talent. He just needs to play for a real football team with a real quarterback.

  8. nflinsider711 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:44 AM

    Next season??? He is this season. (Weeden Hoyer Campbell)

  9. gojags436 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:45 AM

    He’s an amazing talent. The reason the Browns were trying to shop him around is because he is one missed or failed drug test away from a year’s suspension. Hopefully he’ll keep his head on straight or he’ll wind up like Justin Blackmon!

  10. doe22us says: Dec 27, 2013 10:46 AM

    Keep working hard kid, stay off the spliff, and the sky will be the limit. P.S- Thanks for the FF championship.

  11. jerruhjones says: Dec 27, 2013 10:47 AM

    He’s got a shot if we get a real QB…

    Go Josh! Go Browns!!!

  12. schmitty2 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:48 AM

    Just imagine how many yards he would have gotten had he played a full season with a proven qb. WOW!

  13. murraysons says: Dec 27, 2013 10:48 AM

    Isn’t he already ? How many crap QBs threw him the ball? Of he had someone like Stafford his numbers would be through the roof

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 27, 2013 10:49 AM

    If Cleveland had better #2 and #3 wide receivers (Bess and Little SUCK)….Josh Gordon wouldn’t be targeted as much…. but…. Cleveland would win more.

  15. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    A good start would be to NOT GET SUSPENDED!

  16. tvguy22 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    Too bad he’s on the Browns.

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    My 11th round fantasy draft pick is a keeper for sure!

  18. thesmartest1 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:54 AM

    Wow! Great when a kid straightens himself out and prospers.

  19. jharmon64 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:55 AM

    He already is.

    Who’s better?

    Sure you can say Larry Fitz and C Johnson, but they have QB’s, Browns have used 3 and none of them any good or experienced.

  20. richiebburg says: Dec 27, 2013 11:00 AM

    He was the best wide receiver in the NFL this season.

  21. thegregwitul says: Dec 27, 2013 11:07 AM

    He is already the best receiver in the NFL, check out his numbers, they are tops in the He is already the best receiver in the NFL, check out his numbers, they are tops in the league and that includes him missing two games.

    Calvin Johnson is still in the conversation of course, but this season really showed that it’s time to stop anointing players as the best ever before their career is over. Johnson has shown that he can be slowed down considerably by being hit, see the Baltimore game for example. He can’t be totally stopped, but it is just ridiculous to put him above Jerry Rice, especially since his team, which has talented players, always finds a way to blow it at the end of the year.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Gordon can do over the course of a full season and with an upgrade at QB. Is this season a fluke? I don’t think it is, but you know teams will be studying film looking for ways to contain him this offseason. At least Calvin Johnson has serious competition as the most talented receiver in the NFL.

  22. warhammer420 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:11 AM

    I want to date Kate Upton next season. Good luck to both of us!

  23. SilentMajority says: Dec 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    He’ll need Alshon Jeffery to have a season ending injury to be the best, but hey, it could happen…

  24. deighton95 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    Good luck with that…


  25. ravenswhat says: Dec 27, 2013 11:13 AM

    He already is.

  26. TheDPR says: Dec 27, 2013 11:13 AM

    What everyone else said. Give this kid a QB and he can be a great one.

    Also, he needs to stay out of trouble and play an entire 16 game season.

  27. jbaxt says: Dec 27, 2013 11:14 AM

    He looks to be a little better than Trent Richardson.

  28. keepingitrealdumb says: Dec 27, 2013 11:16 AM

    how is it possible that he can be so good with a bag of turds throwing him the ball?

    imagine if he had a real QB slinging the ball to him .. what would his numbers be if he had rodgers/brady/PManning/brees slinging it? hell .. even with stafford slinging it will make him look great.

  29. crush22 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    During training camp all of these spoiled pre-madonna’s come out and say this crap….
    He’s just getting an early start.
    You might wanna worry about making that team of yours look a little better instead of worrying about you trying to be the ‘best’ receiver in the NFL.

    Last time I checked…it is a team sport.

  30. cospgsmadman says: Dec 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    Fanstasy beast and without a QB

  31. remok9 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:19 AM

    So much talent and potential. I hope he keeps straight and doesn’t piss it away (no pun intended), as he’s one failed test away from a 1-year suspension. He’ll be REAL scary if he ever get’s a decent QB at the factory of sadness.

  32. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 27, 2013 11:25 AM

    Overrated. He had a couple of fluky games because teams get complacent against the Browns and let a few deep balls over their head.

  33. wryly1 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:37 AM

    If he can produce like he has with the rotation of poor to mediocre QB’s Browns currently have, he’ll be even more spectacular when he has a good one.

  34. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:41 AM

    Ryan in the shotgun from the 10 yd line. It is 2nd down. Ryan takes the snap. Throws a slant to the left side. It’s wrestled, INTERCEPTED!!!!! The 49ers pick it! and NaVorro Bowman his redemption! NaVorro Bowman running it all the way for the td.! No greater redemption can a man seek. NaVorro Bowman who could not cover the onside kick , catches a deflected pass for an interception and runs it 7 miles for a td. (Eric Davis laughs)

  35. unbreakable02215 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:41 AM

    What Tom Brady could have done with this guy…

  36. bengalsucker says: Dec 27, 2013 11:42 AM

    If the Browns can get a decent QB in there next year, this kid has a shot. It’ll be Calvin, A.J. and Josh at the top 3. Good old Dez will be down at #4.

  37. clebrowns216 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:44 AM

    Very possible. I mean technically he was the best WR this year.

    He led the league in all important Recieving categories besides TDs. He led in Recieving yards, Recieving yards per game, and yards per catch. Not to mention his record 2-game and 4-game spans. All with 2 crappy QBs and a mediocre QB shuffling in and out and missing the first 2 games.

    Tell me a reciever who had had a better year. I’m not saying that he is the best reciever in the NFL, but this year he certainly was. And if we can get him a QB then he has a chance to be the best reciever in the league in the future.

    And as a side note, if this dude doesn’t make the Pro-Bowl then it’s full blown robbery. I can understand the fans keeping him out of the top-10 because he doesn’t have the big name yet, but if coaches and players don’t vote him in then its obvious that the ProBowl is just a popularity contest. Numbers don’t lie, and the story behind the numbers is just as impressive.

  38. jeffsnow7 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:44 AM

    I Hope so… You are one of my Keepers for fantasy next year

  39. 6ball says: Dec 27, 2013 11:47 AM


    A legitimate threat to score from anywhere on the field. As Chris Berman says, “they’re not gonna catch him”


  40. johngaltwho says: Dec 27, 2013 11:50 AM

    Would you want any receiver on your team who does not aspire to be the best receiver in the NFL?

  41. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 27, 2013 11:56 AM

    It’s much easier to be a RECEIVING BEAST when your team is always playing from behind, your team has the 27th ranked RUSH Offense in the NFL (32nd in touchdowns), and you are the only wide receiver on the team (other than tight end Jordan Cameron).

  42. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 27, 2013 11:59 AM

    In 15 games…. the Cleveland Browns have scored a total of 14 touchdowns in the first half.

  43. tvjules says: Dec 27, 2013 12:07 PM

    Then he will need a quarterback who is above average.

  44. titansbro says: Dec 27, 2013 12:09 PM

    This kid is not & will not be better than Calvin. Calvin makes ridiculous plays with his ridiculous combination of speed, size, & hands. That said, he is close & every bit as good as some of the more established WRs like Fitz & Marshall. He’s not a 1 trick pony either, he can run routes, he has speed, he has great hands. The Browns got a steal for a 2nd round supplemental pick. Hard to crap on them too much for trying to trade him away before he proved what kind of player he can be. And to do all that with the craptastic QBs he has had, impressive.

  45. clebrowns216 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:09 PM

    Haha love reading the haters’ comments. They hate on this kid just because they like to hate on the Browns. Clearly you guys haven’t seen him play.

    I swear the Browns must be the most hated on-crappy team in all of sports. Usually people hate on the good teams. But the Browns get so much hate, yet are one of the worst teams year in and year out. I don’t get it.

  46. koolaid734 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    yea in tha afc…

  47. ill42 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:22 PM

    I am predicting a run-in with the law by April and he’ll be watching the 2014 season from home. Just a hunch.

  48. 6thsense10 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:25 PM

    Really Pittsburgh steelers? Fluky?

    7 times out of 13 games Gordon gained 125 receiving yards or more. Buy yourself a clue.

  49. wiseone50 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:35 PM

    I want a healthy Hoyer back to throw to him. I think it’s his job to lose at QB. It should be anyways. Hopefully they don’t forget to teach him how to slide in training camp next year! Still shaking my head on that one.

  50. hehateme1 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:35 PM

    Sorry little fella, but that title belongs to Calvin Johnson.

  51. cbblitz21 says: Dec 27, 2013 12:36 PM

    I’m not a Browns fan, but I think K. Cousins would be a great fit for Cleveland. Having the 2 first round picks, they could probably afford the 2nd round pick it would take to get him.

  52. clebrowntown says: Dec 27, 2013 12:41 PM

    The numbnuts saying that Banner tried to trade him are wrong. The Browns took calls from numerous teams inquiring about what they wanted for him.
    The Browns did not try to trade him

  53. DonKellyBaby says: Dec 27, 2013 12:43 PM

    I would say Gordon had a slightly better season than Megatron this season, and this is coming from a Lions fan.

  54. metrocritical says: Dec 27, 2013 12:45 PM

    A few side notes:
    1. With a better QB, Gordon could be considered the best, but…
    2. With a better QB, Megatron’s numbers would be better, too. Stafford is not upper echelon. Where would CJ’s numbers be with Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Wilson, Newton, Flacco, Ryan, Tannehill, Foles, Kaepernick or either Manning throwing his way?
    3. The only thing shown to slow down CJ this year has been injuries, his offensive coordinator and his own QB, whose cannon of an arm too often throws in the general vicinity of his receivers.
    4. Let’s hope both WRs have a better situation next year and debate it all over again.

  55. realdealsteel says: Dec 27, 2013 12:56 PM

    Leads the league in yards, Has more TD’s then Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and a host of other WR’s………..and has had a bunch of subpar QB’s throwing to him too?

    He’s already the best WR in the NFL.

  56. realdealsteel says: Dec 27, 2013 12:57 PM

    And he’s played in two less games then everybody else too??

    He’s already the best WR in the NFL.

  57. tdl8 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:08 PM

    “I want to be the best WR in the NFL” …Said EVERY WR that has ever played the position at any level!!

  58. tictoccpthook says: Dec 27, 2013 1:44 PM

    He qualifies to try out for second spot on the Steelers WR team. We’ll see Sunday if he’s good enough.

  59. enders9 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:53 PM

    He didn’t PLAY two less games than every other WR this year, he was ELIGIBLE for two less games than every other WR this year. Other WRs missed games due to injury.

    But regardless, the guy was a beast this year and was the best WR in the NFL this year. That doesn’t make him the best WR in the NFL though, he’ll have to show he can play that good every year before he can take that title from Calvin Johnson

  60. dumbpollack says: Dec 27, 2013 2:08 PM

    And word has it Banner would have traded him for a 2nd round draft choice. I HATE being a Browns fan!!!!!

  61. kev86 says: Dec 27, 2013 2:13 PM

    Come to NYG and win one with Eli.

  62. touchdowntommytupa says: Dec 27, 2013 2:33 PM

    No offense… Calvin Johnson is and has been an amazing receiver… but stats tell quite a story if anyone really looks at those… Josh Gordon has had three sub par quarterbacks ( yes all my fellow Browns fans… Hoyer has heart but he is also a sub par quarterback until he can prove otherwise… 2 wins does not make a franchise qb ) and missed two games for his suspension… So let’s look at the stats…

    #1 receiving years – Josh Gordon 1564 (#2 Calvin Johnson – 1492)

    #1 yards per game avg – Josh Gordon 120.3 (#2 Julio Jones 116.0)

    #1 100 yard games – Josh Gordon 7 in 13 games (#2 Calvin Johnson 7 in 14 games)

    #1 yards per catch avg – Josh Gordon 19.6 (#2 Kenny Stills 18.2)

    Only player to have back to back 200 yard receiving games in NFL history

    If that doesn’t make him the best receiver in the NFL this year what more does the kid have to do?

    Sorry Megatron fans… Gordon has beat his two game… three game and four game yardage records this year… He gets a decent quarterback and he will be the first 2000 yard receiver in football

  63. touchdowntommytupa says: Dec 27, 2013 2:48 PM

    Oh yes… And for all of you Steelers fans who find yourself amusing (Fluky??? Tryout for Steelers second WR???) Quick question… Gordon’s first 200 yard game this year of his back to backs… 237 yards… Any of you Pittsburgh guys mind telling my what team he got those yards against? Just Curious…

  64. threedeep1998 says: Dec 27, 2013 3:16 PM

    Gordon is a freak and some of those monster yardage games were in wins or competitive times during the game. He is match-up proof. Megatron can be stopped but this kid has unreal speed.

  65. jm91rs says: Dec 27, 2013 3:24 PM

    2nd best receiver in his division, 3rd best in the league. The trick will be this off season. He’s one misstep away from a long long suspension so we’ll see what he does with his downtime after this week.

  66. bensstinkyfingers says: Dec 27, 2013 4:12 PM

    Gordon, is the #1 receiver in the AFC, with AJ Green taking a step backwards this season. Megatron is still the guy everyone wants to be, but his inability to stay healthy, and past injuries may prevent him from being the top dog in the future. When the Browns get their hands on a franchise QB. this offseason, you will see just how good Josh can be playing with one QB. and playing a full season. The Browns will be a force in 2014 if they make good use of their multiple draft picks and large free agent cap space.

  67. s0merand0mguy says: Dec 27, 2013 4:44 PM

    DeSean Jackson:
    Receptions: 79
    touchdowns: 9
    average: 16.5
    longest: 95

    Josh Gordon:
    Receptions: 80
    touchdowns: 9
    average: 19.6
    longest: 61

    As an Eagles fan for a guy like this being 5 years younger then Desean and to have comparable numbers is amazing. I’m not saying Jackson is the best but certainly one of the top 10. I’d be very excited about this kids future if I were a browns fan.

  68. s0merand0mguy says: Dec 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    Crap I mixed up the longest for Jackson and Gordon.. anywho… awesome WR!

  69. johngaltwho says: Dec 27, 2013 5:06 PM

    Its really hard to know how good Calvin Johnson really is – he clearly is one of the best receivers in the league but there are confounding variables. His quarterback is inaccurate and has bad judgment. He has few other top quality receivers on his team so he gets alot of targets but also draws alot of double teams. It is amazing how many times he is double covered and Stafford throws the jump ball and he comes down with it.

  70. toybkshr says: Dec 27, 2013 5:09 PM

    Trading Trent R & keeping him turned out to be genius even if it was by accident!

  71. ginop0981 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:13 PM

    Lol Josh Gordon wasn’t the best receiver this year. Calvin has one bad game in primetime and we forget his dominance. Calvin has more catches, touchdowns, and first downs than Josh. Calvin did all this while be injured (which would be the reason I would take Josh over Calvin in terms of team building). However dude got himself suspended for two games (the reason I’d take AJ Green over him). Plus being suspended two games kept him fresher than most players. Also lets not forget he plays for the Browns. What big games are there for the Browns. Calvin had a bad Ravens game but has a history of coming up big Cowboy game, over 200 yards in first playoff game, game winning touchdown this year against the Bears. At this moment Josh is like Kevin Love a (suspect) great player being forced the ball on a bad team. Also players like Joque Bell, Reggie Bush cut into Calvin’s number each holding a 1,000 yds of total offense a piece. Legit touchdown options in Fauria and Bell that eats into his touchdown numbers. And over the last 6 games few QB have been worse than Stafford. Imagine Calvin’s number if Stafford had not went brain dead. Stats aren’t everything end of the day i’ll take CJ, Fitz and Julio Jones going into a big game over Josh. Can’t give a player the benefit of the doubt of being a great player till I see him come up big when something matters.

  72. nickster31 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:29 PM

    Great player, too bad the rest of the team is garbage. I can understand the interest in trading him. One more missed/failed test and he is gone for a year. That happens and he goes from 1st round pick trade bait to worthless.

  73. golfdude65 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:43 PM

    For those of you who say you don’t understand Banner wanting to trade home earlier in the year, well he wasn’t looking to trade him. He did not actively shop the kid!! He did however listen to offers that were made! This is not shopping the kid!! Get your facts straight

  74. normdogg says: Dec 27, 2013 7:05 PM

    Just so everyone quoting the stats and the fact that Gordon did it while missing 2 games at the start of the year knows, Calvin has been out quite a bit more than Gordon’s 2 games. He was out for the game @ GB. He was basically a decoy in the Cleveland game. He didn’t play for 3/4 of the game last week (NYG.) And I’d be willing to bet just about anything that he doesn’t play Sunday, which would make it 2 games officially missed. Oh yeah, and Josh Gordon didn’t play in anything close to that mess of a game in Philly. All that and Calvin still has more TDs and 70 yds less.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Gordon is an amazing young talent with a ton of good years ahead of him. But he ain’t Calvin Johnson yet.

    I will give you guys the crappy QB, argument though. All 3 QBs that have started in Cleveland this year are pretty bad. Plus, I think Stafford is better than most people give him credit for. He had some bad games this year, but I still think he’s solid going forward. If Gordon had Stafford throwing to him, not only would that be amazing for my Lions, but Gordon would have some monster numbers as well.

  75. tictoccpthook says: Dec 27, 2013 7:43 PM

    Sunday news flash. Gordon shut down, brown scores 3 TD’s in Steelers win.

  76. bobbyvang says: Dec 27, 2013 10:42 PM

    Thenhe better change team cuz browns have the worts QB situation in the league.

  77. sogooda says: Dec 28, 2013 7:14 PM

    He was the best this year!

  78. cadejoshua says: Jan 3, 2014 3:11 PM

    Hah y’all aren’t very smart calling Josh Gordon the best receiver even though he has a horrible QB he doesn’t have any backup receivers. He has a great O coordinator. If they get better receivers and a better qb he will never be able to achieve his set goal. Calvin Johnson has a second tier QB but also has tons of backup receivers. Counting reggie bush Joique bell Joseph Fauria Jeff Durham Brandon Pettigrew Ryan Broyles and Nate burleson, stafford has tons of targets. Not to mention calvin Johnson withstained a bunch of injuries this year. Yet calvin is still putting up the marks he is truly the best. Matthew stafford just needs to work on accuracy. Calvin Johnson needs to work on catching ability and they would be the best duo in history..

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