Cleveland Browns wide out Josh Gordon has spent the past few weeks telling anyone who would listen that he’s every bit as good as he was back in 2013, the year he led the NFL in receiving yards. Out of the league for most of the intervening years due to substance abuse problems, Gordon was all but forgotten, whatever achievements he’d notched long since obliterated by the likes of Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr.
But if Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers is any indication, Gordon might be on to something. Playing against a Packers team that has plenty at stake, Gordon snared a touchdown, an exceptional play that marked his first points in the NFL since 2013.
Hello, END ZONE!
— NFL (@NFL) December 10, 2017
After making the grab, Gordon made sure everyone in the stadium knew how proud he was of himself:
Gordon’s last touchdown came four years ago almost to the day, Dec. 15, 2013, in a loss to the Chicago Bears. Since then, Cleveland has won 11 of the 63 games it’s played, with seven of those wins coming in 2014 alone. So it’s not like Gordon has been missing any kind of golden age in Cleveland.
It’s tough to project what Gordon might do for the rest of the year and the rest of his career, but it’s worth remembering that he’s still only 26 years old, younger than Brown, Jones or Adam Thielen. If he can recapture some of the potential he showed in that remarkable 2013 season, Cleveland might find itself with that rarest of gems: good news. The Browns keep telling anyone who’ll listen that salvation is just around the corner, and if Gordon keeps playing at this level, who knows … Cleveland might just break three wins next year.
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