In his first game back in Cleveland since he was reinstated by the NFL, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has quickly shown how big of a threat he can be on the outside for rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. He proved that with an 18-yard touchdown reception Sunday afternoon, his first touchdown since December 15, 2013.1
Whether it’s his size, speed, or athleticism, the wide out has gifts that you just can’t teach. It’s part of the reason why some have such high expectations for Gordon even though he has been out of the league for so long.
Given the amounts of ups and downs that he has gone through so far in his career, it’s amazing to think that Gordon’s still only 26 years old. If he has truly turned things around off the field, as he explained during an interview on UNINTERRUPTED and also in an interview with GQ prior to his return, the receiver has plenty of years to do play (and be great) in the NFL.
After totaling four receptions and 85 yards on 11 targets in his first game back since 2014, Gordon hasn’t seemed to miss a beat even though he was out of the league for three years. WFNY’s own Jake Burns broke down all four of the wide out’s receptions against the Chargers last Sunday.
So far against the Packers, he has three receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown, proving yet again that he can still play at an elite level.
When on the field, Gordon can be one of the best receivers in the NFL and he has began to prove that yet again in his six quarters since his return. Now, he has to prove that he can consistently do well, whether it’s in terms of the deep ball or just catching quick slants. So far, he has.
Thanks to Gordon’s touchdown and a seven-yard touchdown from Kizer to Duke Johnson, the Browns hold a 14-7 halftime lead. It’s just the second time this season that Cleveland has held a lead at the half.
- Yes, almost four years to the day. [↩]