Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon entered his rookie season underprepared. He had not played organized football since 2010, but that didn't stop Cleveland from selecting the raw-but-talented player in the second round of July's supplemental draft. Two weeks later, Gordon was headed to Browns training camp and faced with learning on the fly, becoming familiar with an offense that his new teammates had spent the past three months learning. Yet, he still gained more than 800 yards and became a tremendous deep threat for the Browns.
Gordon is looking to build on his 2012 successes, and he hasn't been blind to the benefits of a full offseason of training and learning at the NFL level.
"It's a tremendous difference," Gordon said to the Browns' official website recently. "Having the advantage of knowing the plays and the offense coming into it months in advance as opposed to a few weeks of training camp and going right into the preseason, it's a huge difference. It definitely will transition into the season a lot smoother than it did last year."
A full offseason program should help Gordon became more diverse as a wide receiver instead of just being a go-route runner. Last year, he was able to get by on his genuine talent. This year, equipped with a full understanding of Cleveland's offense, he should be even better. I'm looking for a 1,000-yard season from Gordon playing with strong-armed quarterback Brandon Weeden