Browns WR Josh Gordon breaks records, perceptions

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm •  Published: December 5, 2013
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon dresses flashy and he drives a camouflaged Porsche with orange rims, a luxury car the Browns wide receiver believes is one of a kind.

These days, he's pretty exclusive himself.

With a 261-yard performance last week against Jacksonville, Gordon became the first player in NFL history to record consecutive 200-yard games. His 498 yards in the two games is also a league record and his 623 yards over a three-game span is also a league mark.

On Sunday at New England, Gordon can break Cleveland's team record for yards in a season held by Braylon Edwards, who had 1,289 in 2007. Edwards did it in 16 games, while Gordon has racked up 1,249 in just 10 after he was suspended for the first two games this season for violating the league's drug policy.

Like his Porsche, Gordon gets places in a hurry.

And to think, the Browns considered trading him.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon is a sublime mix of speed, size and strength. He's been timed at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is all-around athleticism is extraordinary.

At 22, he's just getting started.

"He's a great player," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick, never one to throw around too much praise. "He can attack all three levels of the defense. He can run through them, he can take the short plays, catch-and-run plays, crossing patterns, look patterns, plays like that, quick three-step drops and break tackles.

"He's very good on the intermediate routes, the in-cuts, the crossing routes, comebacks, stop-routes, things like that that attack the middle levels of the defense. He's a complete player that can run fast, catch, big target and make a lot of yards on his own after the catch with his speed, size and running ability."

Gordon's deception speed was never more evident than last Sunday, when he turned a routine in-route into a jaw-dropping, 95-yard touchdown. After catching Brandon Weeden's pass, Gordon broke one tackle and then outran two Jacksonville defenders, pulling further away from them with every stride.

"Once he caught it, nobody was catching him," Browns cornerback Joe Haden said of the teammate he refers to as "J.G."

Along with breaking records, the humble Gordon is smashing perceptions about him.

Because of his drug suspension, and a documented pattern of substance abuse in college, Gordon was branded as too risky for most teams before the Browns selected him in last year's supplemental draft. An offseason slip-up seemed to validate that thinking but Gordon has been a model citizen this season, showing signs he has grown up and learned from his mistake.

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