With the NFL trade deadline looming at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon blocked out distractions caused by speculation that he could be dealt and bounced back from his worst performance of the season. A week after tallying a season-low two catches for 21 yards in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, Gordon registered five catches for a game-high 132 yards and a touchdown in a 23-17 defeat Sunday against the host Kansas City Chiefs. Gordon has three 100-yard receiving games this season, the most by a Browns player since Braylon Edwards had three in 2008. Gordon knows he cannot control whether the Browns (3-5) trade him, but he made a final plea to stay with the deadline on the horizon. The NFL suspended him two games to start this season for violating its substance-abuse policy, and it’s his understanding another slip would result in a season-long ban. With that hanging over Gordon’s head, reports about the Browns receiving offers for him began surfacing Sept. 22. “I do want to stay in Cleveland,” said Gordon, whom the previous regime picked in the second round of last year’s supplemental draft. “Cleveland is my first home, the team I got drafted to. It’s a great place to be. I love the fans in Cleveland and everything about it, but business is business.” Gordon, 22, reiterated he’s tired of all the rumors. “When [the trade deadline is] over, it’s over,” Gordon said. “However it goes, it’s beyond me, it’s above me. I will be excited either way. Hopefully [I’ll] get some new questions.” The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon beat cornerback Sean Smith’s coverage with a post-corner route and caught a 39-yard, flea-flicker touchdown pass from quarterback Jason Campbell with 2:44 left in the second quarter, trimming the Browns’ deficit to 13-7. Campbell handed off to Willis McGahee, and the running back pitched the ball back to Campbell before he launched it to Gordon, whose eight career touchdowns have come from 20-plus yards. “I just think Jason has faith in me,” Gordon said. “I’ve got faith in him. I’m going to go out there and try my hardest to get open off a defender. He looked my way a few times and we made a play. “I feel like I’m where I want to be. I’m not saying I’m playing at a superb level. I still don’t feel I’ve reached my full potential, and I’m always going to feel like that until I’m done playing the game.” One play Gordon would like another crack at unfolded during the Browns’ first series. Campbell threw a deep pass to Gordon on a fly route, but Gordon slowed down because he said he couldn’t find the ball. The incompletion resulted in the Browns’ first of three consecutive three-and-outs. “I did not see the ball,” Gordon said. “I was looking back in the wrong area. He threw it perfectly. “It’s definitely frustrating going three-and-out. But sometimes you need that slap in the face to get yourself a reality check and kick it into high gear before you get blown off the field and get embarrassed.” Gordon stepped up as the game went on and showed why so many fans hope the Browns don’t trade him. Inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has the same hope. “Absolutely,” Jackson said. “The team that we have now — we can with this team.” More rumblings Tight end Jordan Cameron is the latest Browns player to have his name mentioned in trade speculation. Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Sunday that some who have been in contact with the Browns believe the team would entertain offers for Cameron as well as Gordon. The Browns would need a “steep haul” of picks and/or players to deal Cameron or Gordon, according to the report. Cameron, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011, did not speak to reporters Sunday. He recorded four receptions for 81 yards and leads the team this season with 49 catches, 596 receiving yards and six touchdowns. His 49 receptions are tied for the second most by a Browns player in the first eight games of a season. Other Browns players who have been named in trade rumblings include wide receiver Greg Little and right offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Josh Gordon makes final case for himself before trade deadline
Akron Beacon Journal | Oct 28