Browns notebook: Gordon finishes with top receiving yardage
By Gary Horvath
Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, 8:09 p.m.
Second-year receiver Josh Gordon became the first Browns player to lead the NFL in receiving yardage.
Two days after being named to his first Pro Bowl, Gordon caught seven passes for 82 yards in a 20-7 loss Sunday to the Steelers at Heinz Field. He finished with 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
With news that Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson would not play Sunday because of a knee injury, Gordon needed to stay ahead of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown entered the game trailing Gordon by 152 yards. He finished with nine receptions for 87 yards, giving him 1,499 for the season. Fellow Pro Bowler and Browns teammate tight end Jordan Cameron said he thinks he and Gordon can be even better.
“I think we can provide a good one-two punch and we can make some plays and try to get this team better,” he said. “We both can play so much better and learn so much more. We're both young players, so there's exciting stuff. I think we're both just tip-of-the-iceberg guys.”
‘We'll do better'
Being selected to the Pro Bowl was exciting, Cameron said, but the season has been a disappointment.
“Obviously we want to do better. Four wins is not enough,” he said. “I think we have some good tools to build around, good building blocks, and I think we'll do better.
“I'm more proud that we fought through all this adversity and we were still able to put up some numbers and people noticed, and I think it's important. You want to earn respect in the NFL. When people, coaches, players vote you in, they obviously respect what you're doing. We've just got to send this individual success to the team.”
Gordon's 1,734 all-purpose yards this season surpassed Peyton Hillis' 2010 total of 1,654 for most yards from scrimmage in Browns history.
Gordon accomplished the feat despite playing in 14 games. The NFL suspended him for the first two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com.
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