Cleveland Browns: Predicting Josh Gordon's Rookie Impact

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Cleveland Browns: Predicting Josh Gordon's Rookie Impact
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Catch that ball!

Is Josh Gordon the next Randy Moss? Let’s hope the hyperbolic comparison of Gordon to Moss by “an NFL executive” (talking anonymously to ESPN’s Adam Schefter*) is limited to flying down the field and waving his arms just prior to catching a touchdown.

Cleveland fans do not need their new “flashy” wide receiving unit trying to mow down a meter maid.

Another faceless league suit was quoted on and called Gordon a “faster Brandon Marshall.” Uh-oh. That's a scary prospect no matter the talent level. 

Anonymous sources always puzzle me. I mean, if you’re not exposing steroid use or massive malfeasance, why not go on the record? It’s not as if anyone is going to confuse an NFL executive with Deep Throat, for Pete’s sake. But I digress.

If these comparisons are even 60 percent accurate, the young man has skills. If the stats and video from his single year of true college participation bear out, the Browns may have just found the last piece of their very own multi-wideout set.

From Tom Heckert to the Dawg Pound, Cleveland Browns aficionados are dreaming of formations featuring Greg Little, Travis Benjamin and Josh Gordon. In this fantasy, the trio streaks downfield to capture bombs launched by Brandon Weeden.

It’s a legitimate plan, but don’t expect it to spring full-blown from the forehead of Mike Holmgren on Kickoff Weekend.


*These remarks to Schefter are quoted here through and The original was printed in ESPN Insider. You’ll have to take my word for it unless you pay for the premium service.

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