Patriots gearing up to stop Browns WR Gordon

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cleveland's Josh Gordon may just be the best wide receiver in the NFL not named Johnson.

New England cornerback Aqib Talib certainly thinks so.

"He reminds you of those names, the Calvin Johnsons, the Andre Johnsons, bigger guys with little guy's speed and quickness," said Talib, who in all likelihood will guard Gordon on Sunday when the Patriots (9-3) host the Browns (4-8). "He can turn an eight-yard curl into a touchdown in a heartbeat."

Over the last month, Gordon has sprinted his way into the NFL record books, quickly blossoming into one of the most-feared threats in the game.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound second-year product from Baylor last week became the first player in NFL history to top 200 yards receiving in consecutive games, following his 14-catch, 237-yard performance with 10 receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Jacksonville.

His 498 yards receiving over the past two games is the new league standard, surpassing all of the well-known Johnsons — Calvin (484 yards in 2013), Andre (461 in 2012) and Chad (450 in 2006).

"Obviously his size, his speed, his ability to go play the ball when it's in the air, and then obviously his ability to run after the catch," Patriots safety Steve Gregory said of the problems Gordon poses. "He definitely has the ability to run away from a defense, make guys miss, break tackles. He definitely presents a challenge and someone that we're going to have to be ready for."

Gordon's 1,249 yards receiving rank third in the NFL behind only Calvin Johnson (1,299) and Andre Johnson (1,277), who had 154 yards against Jacksonville on Thursday night to pass Gordon.

The 22-year-old still leads the league in yards per game (124.9) and per catch (19.5), and already has scored seven touchdowns, five coming in his last five games — including a 95-yarder Sunday on which he hauled in an 18-yard pass before outrunning defenders the rest of the way.



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