Josh Gordon needs just 41 yards to break the Browns’ single-season receiving record, and he doesn’t believe New England Patriots standout cornerback Aqib Talib will prevent him from wreaking havoc Sunday. “I’m pretty sure he’ll make some plays,” Gordon said Thursday. “But I’m definitely going to make more plays.” After compiling 623 receiving yards in the past three games, Gordon has reasons to be confident in himself as the Browns (4-8) prepare to visit the Patriots (9-3). He needs 124 receiving yards to surpass Detroit Lions All-Pro Calvin Johnson for the most receiving yards by an NFL player in a four-game span. Quarterback Jason Campbell practiced Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He could start against the Patriots if an independent neurologist medically clears him Friday for the game. Regardless, Gordon expects to thrive. Not even the constant quarterback changes the Browns have endured this season have kept him from producing at an elite level. He has tallied more than 100 receiving yards six times this season — three times with Campbell as the starting quarterback, twice with Brandon Weeden and once with Brian Hoyer. “Obviously, he’s proven he can be an elite receiver in this league in terms of production,” Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “Because he’s already doing that.” Gordon has a team-high 64 catches for 1,249 yards and seven touchdowns in just 10 games. He sat out the first two games this season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. In other words, he has a chance to break Braylon Edwards’ franchise record for receiving yards in a season in only 11 games. Edwards played all 16 games when he set the record during the 2007 season. “It would definitely be a big thing for me to attain a record like that for an entire organization,” said Gordon, whom the previous regime drafted in the second round of last year’s supplemental draft. “As long as this Cleveland Browns organization has been around, it’s a big thing. “But as a collective unit, for the team, the record in the win column is a lot more valuable to the city, to this organization. It would mean a lot more because the [individual] records could be broken by anybody at any given time.” In the Browns’ 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Sunday, Gordon became the only player in NFL history to top 200 receiving yards in back-to-back games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He had 10 catches for a franchise-record 261 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 14 catches, which is tied for another Browns record, for 237 yards and a touchdown the previous week against the Steelers.
Browns Josh Gordon convinced Patriots Aqib Talib won’t stop his pursuit of record
Akron Beacon Journal | Dec 6