The Cleveland Browns used a second-round selection on former Baylor Bears wide receiver Josh Gordon in last year’s supplemental draft and that looks like it will be a move that pays off. With new head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner coming in to install a dynamic vertical passing game, Gordon’s skill set will be maximized and he seems very excited about the production the Browns offense will have in 2013.
According to Gordon, defenses will be “shocked” with the team’s new downfield passing game.
“Defenses will be shocked to say the least with how much we’re running down field,” Gordon said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “I’ve never ran this much as a wide receiver ever in my life, and that’s a good thing. And not just me, everyone from the slot guys to running backs, everyone’s got passing plays in the system.”
Last season, Gordon got a late jump in the offseason workouts, but he still hauled in 50 catches and a team leading 805 yards and five touchdowns.
With a full offseason of workouts, Gordon believes he can be much better this season.
“You’re a head up on the game,” Gordon added. “For guys, veterans and rookies, to have all this leading up until [the fall], I was way behind the 8-ball coming into last year. Now it’s a huge advantage for me to learn the offense, get in shape, get in more of a rhythm with whatever you’re doing out there, so you don’t feel as stressed or as new to everything. It’s definitely slowed down a lot.”
When you combine the full offseason of work and the vertical passing game, there is no reason to believe Gordon won’t be a very scary player in the league this season.
Add versatile tight end Jordan Cameron in the mix and the Browns passing game could be a problem for some of their opponents. It’s going to be a fun season in Cleveland, and they could certainly turn out to be one of the league’s surprise teams.