Jerry Rice expects to be joined by Browns receiver Josh Gordon at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Rice, considered the greatest receiver in NFL history, brought up Gordon when discussing the league’s best receivers Monday during a conference call to promote the new Pro Bowl format. Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni captains and help draft the teams.
“He’s a guy that can run good routes, he has confidence in his hands and he’s making plays right now,” said Rice, who’s the all-time leader with 22,895 receiving yards and 208 touchdowns.

Gordon, 22, set NFL records for two- (498), three- (649) and four-game (774) stretches before being held to three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bears.

“That speaks in volume right there, that this guy is starting to really come into his own and he’s only going to get better,” Rice said of the record streak. “I’m sure he’s going to work harder. I’m expecting a lot more from Josh Gordon.”

Rice isn’t the only Hall of Fame receiver who’s noticed Gordon. Cris Carter singled him out on ESPN’s pregame show Sunday morning.
“In my search of who’s going to be the next great receiver in the National Football League, outside of Calvin Johnson, you’ve got to put this kid in the conversation,” Carter said. “He’s big, strong and fast.

“He’s a household name. Get used to it. A smart decision, too, by the Browns not trading him, trading Trent Richardson.”
Gordon wasn’t targeted until the final minutes of the first half Sunday, and coach Rob Chudzinski was asked for an explanation after watching the game film.

“We had some things up for him early, it just didn’t work out to get him the ball in the first half,” he said. “We never were able to really get into a rhythm. We had some misses on him and a near-miss right there before the half that would have been a big play.