WR Josh Gordon, not Trent Richardson, is the Browns rookie that should worry the Redskins

The Redskins have given up 49 pass plays of over 20 yards this season.  That’s tied for 5th worst in the NFL.  The Skins’ deficiencies in the secondary are well known by now, but in their defense, they have faced a lot of players with an impressive number of 20+ yard receptions:

  • Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers: 22
  • Roddy White, Falcons: 16
  • Julio Jones, Falcons: 15
  • AJ Green, Bengals: 14
  • Torrey Smith, Ravens: 14
  • Steve Smith, Panthers: 14
  • Dez Bryant, Cowboys: 13
  • Miles Austin, Cowboys: 13
  • Brandon LaFell, Panthers: 13
  • Lance Moore, Saints: 12
  • Mike Williams, Buccaneers: 12
  • Marques Colston, Saints: 11
  • Hakeem Nicks, Giants: 11
  • Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers: 11
  • Victor Cruz, Giants: 11

People don’t think of Cleveland as a big play offense, and they’re not, but the one guy you have to account for is Josh Gordon.  Before the season began, the Browns used a 2nd round supplemental pick on Gordon, and people snickered.  Turns out they made have made a wise decision.  Gordon leads the team in all of the Browns’ major receiving categories:

  • Catches: 42
  • Yards: 732
  • Yards per catch: 17.4
  • TD: 5
  • Receptions of 20+ yards: 12

And that was despite not becoming a starter until Week 5.  Here were Gordon’s numbers before he became the starter:

Gordon 1

And after:

Gordon 2

I’m not sure how the Giants ended up with Antrel Rolle and Chase Blackburn chasing Gordon down the field, but here he is smoking the Giants defense:

When you think of the Browns’ offense, I think most people think of Trent Richardson.  However, Trent Richardson is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.  The Browns average 9.4 yards per attempt when they target Josh Gordon.  That’s the guy I’d be worried about heading into Cleveland this Sunday.

6 Comments

  1. [...] If he does, the Browns’ offensive line is better equipped to handle the pressure than the Eagles were.  In fact, the continuity along the Browns’ OL is very impressive. Four of their offensive linemen (LT Joe Thomas, C Alex Mack, RG Shawn Lauvao, and rookie RT Mitchell Schwartz) have not missed a snap this season.  Thomas and Mack didn’t miss any snaps last season, and Lauvao only missed 51.  That kind of continuity is invaluable in term of blitz recognition and communication.  It will be a lot harder for the Skins to get to Weeden than it was for them to get to Foles. If they blitz and can’t get home, the Browns have a legitimate big play threat in WR Josh Gordon. [...]

  2. ameero2 says:

    Damn Jimmy I’ve had add block running the entire time I’ve browsed here, and never knew you had ads on the site. Moving up in the world congratz.

  3. Mandmeisterx says:

    I think all 13 of Lafell’s came against Dallas.

  4. mjoedgaard says:

    I really think the Browns killed the draft on the offensive side of the ball.

  5. ya Boy says:

    Im going further I think the Browns beat The Skins,people are over looking the browns.

    1. horatius says:

      Apparently not. Weeden is tuuuuuurrrible.

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