It wasn't long ago the Browns had standing trade offers for second-year WR Josh Gordon. The Browns never received an offer they felt was enticing enough to trade one of the more talented young receivers in the nation. The Browns are now grateful they never seriously entertained those trade offers.
Gordon had 261 receiving yards during the Jaguars' 32-28 victory over the Browns. In doing so, Gordon did something no other WR in NFL history has done before.
Gordon set a franchise record the previous week against the Steelers with 237 receiving yards. He simply continues to rewrite the team's record book.
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All of Gordon's yardage isn't coming during garbage time. If it weren't for a late defensive breakdown, Gordon's 94-yard touchdown reception would have been a game-winning score against the Jaguars.
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His recent performances also placed Gordon in the same conversation with the best WRs in the NFL. He is only 50 yards behind Calvin Johnson for the league lead in receiving yardage with 1,249 yards.
Gordon does lead the NFL by averaging 124.9 yards per game. For comparison sake — Johnson averages 118.1 yards per game.
And there have been obstacles in Gordon's path despite performing at an elite level.
First, he was suspended the first two games of the season. He's done all his damage through 10 games. Second, he's had to deal with three different starting QBs for the Browns. Yet, all he does is continue to produce.
The Browns now have an elite receiving option. It's the first the franchise has had since Paul Warfield.