COMMENTARY | The Cleveland Browns are currently 4-5 in 2013, and are in second place in the AFC North. Though it has been an up-and-down season thus far for the Browns, they are legitimately in the hunt for a playoff berth in 2013.
The Browns have gotten to the point where they are now because of a total team effort, but a few Cleveland players have stood head and shoulders above the rest. Of these players, only one has earned the right to be crowned as the Browns' most valuable player so far in 2013.
Here are the candidates:
Jordan Cameron, TE
Considered by many prognosticators to be a player that could potentially have a breakout season in 2013, Cameron has absolutely delivered the goods so far this year.
The third-year man out of USC has caught 50 passes for 600 yards through the first nine games -- numbers good enough to place him second in the AFC in both categories amongst tight ends. Cameron's height and solid hands have made him Cleveland's most dangerous red-zone threat as well, as he has caught six touchdowns thus far in 2013.
At this point, you can count on Cameron making his first Pro Bowl appearance come January.
Josh Gordon, WR
After a quality rookie season in 2012, Gordon has been borderline spectacular in 2013.
Even though he has only played in seven games this season, Gordon is still eighth in the AFC in receiving yards with 626. The fact that he has gained that many yards on just 35 catches is a sure sign that Gordon is going to be a serious deep threat for years to come. Gordon is currently averaging 17.9 yards per reception, which ranks him second in that category among AFC wide receivers.
Like Cameron, Gordon is almost undoubtedly going to make his first trip to the Pro Bowl this season as well.
Joe Haden, CB
Sometimes numbers aren't everything, and that's been the case for Haden in 2013.
Though he has only one interception and 35 tackles on the year, Haden has arguably been the best cornerback in the AFC this season. He's played so well in 2013 that former ESPN analyst Herm Edwards recently ranked Haden as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL right now. That's pretty high praise coming from Edwards, who was a cornerback and a head coach in the NFL.
It looks like Haden will complete the trio of Browns players who will make their first trip to Honolulu at seasons end.
And The Winner Is.....
Though Cameron and Haden have been rock solid all season long, the Browns' MVP at this point has to be Gordon. Say what you will about the rumors that he takes plays off, the fact is that Gordon is the key to Cleveland's offensive success. It still pains me to think that the Browns likely would've won one their first two games this season had Gordon been on the field, since one game could be the difference between the Browns making the playoffs or not this season.
Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo Contributor who has followed the Cleveland Browns for over 25 years.
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