Josh Gordon was a risky move for the Browns to take in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft with a second round pick. The former Baylor wide out had been in trouble throughout his college and rookie season for drugs. During the 2013 off-season, Gordon got in trouble again and was suspended for 2 games. With a full season suspension hanging over his head for any more strikes with drugs, Gordon has turned into the riskiest player in the NFL, but also the best wide receiver in the game as well.
The numbers don’t lie when you see Gordon leading receivers with 1,400 yards and averaging 127.3 yards a game. He has a 50-yard lead over Detroit’s Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and averages 15 more yards a game than Johnson. Another stat that Gordon leads in this year is his number of catches over 20+ yards. Gordon has 4 more 20+ yards than both Calvin Johnson and Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson. What is even more astounding is that Gordon has done all this in 11 games because of his 2 game suspension from earlier this year.
Gordon also has set records on his amazing season. Gordon is the only NFL player to ever have back to back 200+ yard games against Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, and he holds the record for most yards over a 4 game stretch (774). Gordon also has set the franchise record and only will keep breaking it with three more games to go. Gordon has showed everyone this year that he is a top receiver in this league.
Josh Gordon has been the saving grace to the Cleveland Browns this season. The Browns have seen three starting quarterbacks this year (Weeden, Hoyer, and Campbell), a weak running game, and a weak core of receivers outside of Gordon. Other top receivers have had a big name quarterback all season like Peyton Manning or Matthew Stafford. The Browns are looking to get a new quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft who could throw consistently to Gordon.
Other teams have started to notice Gordon as well. Gordon was a main topic in every trade article back before the NFL’s trade deadline. Teams saw his talent and the fact that the Browns were willing to trade just about anyone after letting Trent Richardson go to the Colts for a 1st round draft pick next year. The front office put their foot down and didn’t trade Gordon though, and have to be happy with that decision since. Gordon will only get better and emerge as a top tier wide receiver for the rest of his career.