Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson said this week that he’d like to serve as a mentor to Josh Gordon in hopes of making sure Gordon avoids the kind of off-field issues that led to a two-game suspension last year and the resulting potential for a year-long suspension if he should violate the league’s drug policy again.
That’s in the best interest of everyone associated with the Browns. Gordon had 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games last season, the kind of numbers reserved for the top receivers in the league. It was just Gordon’s second season in the league and he thinks that there are even bigger things to come.
“I don’t think I really reached my pinnacle yet. I think this is the tip of the iceberg, really. I think I can go a lot higher, a lot further than that,” Gordon said in an interview with the team’s website.
Given that Gordon put up those numbers with subpar quarterback play throughout the season, it’s hard to argue with his opinion. If the Browns can find an answer at quarterback and revive their running game, Gordon’s impact should be even bigger.