The kickoff to the NFL season is still three months away, but it’s never too early to talk about the Cleveland Browns, right? I mean, the Dawg Pound seems to talk football 365 days a year, thanks to Cleveland being a Browns Town. To intensify the hype for the upcoming season even more, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon added some fuel to the fire, stating that the Browns have the best wide receiver group in the NFL.
“I think we’re the best receiving corps in the league, in my opinion, already just based off of talent alone,” Gordon said Tuesday following the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp. “So, you put in the playbook and some guys that are hungry enough to go do it, and hopefully, we go out there and show and prove that. That’s just my opinion, but we’re not short on talent at the wide receiver position at all.”
Much like Browns fans, Gordon is very optimistic heading into the upcoming season. There’s nothing wrong with that, but he also doesn’t want to give any other player or team around the league bulletin-board material either. Then again, considering the team is 1-31 over the last two seasons, Cleveland needs some of these statements to remain upbeat and give them confidence.
Jarvis Landry hasn’t played a game for the Browns yet, but after signing a massive extension that will keep him in Cleveland for the foreseeable future, the wide out hasn’t lacked any confidence either. After saying that he believes that he’s the best receiver in the NFL, Landry also agreed with Gordon that the Browns have the best group of wide receivers in the league.
“He ain’t lying. We are playing to our strengths and playing to our ability to have (QB) Tyrod (Taylor) back there. And obviously, (offensive coordinator) Todd Haley calling plays. The things that Josh can do and (WR) Corey (Coleman) can do. We have a young cat coming up as well, (Antonio) Callaway,” Landry said of Gordon’s comment. “We are just really showing a lot of flashes. I think the capability of what we all can do is endless. We can only, obviously, beat ourselves at this point.”
On paper, both Gordon and Landry could be right. The Browns’ wide receiver group is definitely one of the most talented in the league. But players are viewed by how they produce on Sundays, and as a group, they need to do that before being declared one of the best, if not the best, group of wide outs in the league. Then again, with teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers1, Minnesota Vikings2, Oakland Raiders3, Kansas City Chiefs4, Atlanta Falcons5, and the Houston Texas6.
Cleveland’s wide receivers are very talented, but they need to prove that they can be trusted for an entire season. Gordon is one of the best wide outs in the NFL if he can stay on the field. Coleman needs to stay healthy, and Landry just needs to continue to put up big numbers. If those three things happen, along with the Browns beginning to win some games, maybe, just maybe, the Browns wide outs can prove that they’re one of the best receiver groups in the league this fall.