Who’s Josh Gordon? That’s Who …

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(Still image of Browns practice. Courtesy: Fox 8 News)

Something about taking a cruise.  The sunshine, the food, the sights … and in the case of Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress, the receiver that magically appeared.

Several months back Childress and his wife had just gotten off a big boat when the Browns picked up a big receiver.  In this case, Josh Gordon was taken by the Browns in the supplemental draft.  Someone asked Childress on what he saw of Gordon before the draft.

“I never saw a snap of him. I got off a cruise boat and somebody said, ‘We signed Josh Gordon,’ and I said, ‘Who’s Josh Gordon?’” said Childress.  

Brad was not kidding, though the remark drew a laugh from reporters.  He credited Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur for going after the 6’4″ receiver with the speed of a sprinter and the hands of a Vegas card dealer.

So far, the kid who only played one year at Baylor as trouble chased him to Utah is making an impact.  A big impact.  What exactly does the evolution of Gordon mean to the Browns’ young offense, led by another rookie, Brandon Weeden?

“Just the deep strike ability, the fact that he’s gotten behind some people and done it twice now. He’ll want to strive for consistency. That won’t happen all the time. Defenses are set up not to let you do that. They will be much more mindful, I think, of where he’s at. It helps you take the top of things and move people away from the line of scrimmage and make them play you with a deep threat,” said Childress.

A quick check of the numbers tells us Gordon is no flash in the pan. He has 12 catches, but three of those have been touchdowns.  He covers nearly 23 yards every time he catches the ball.  So the question came up on how much Gordon has gotten better with the little technique things.

“I think he’s gotten a lot better. All those little things kind of have equated to him doing some big things,” offered Childress.

A young man with speed and the ability to scare defenses. A big-play guy. Josh was asked after practice on Thursday if he thinks many teams have underestimated his talent.

“No I don’t think so. I doubt there’s too many teams that really know who I am,” he replied.

Gordon and the Browns take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.