The Cleveland Browns have been one of the busiest teams this offseason between the NFL draft and free agency, and in the end, they believe that they have the core players in place to compete for the first time in many years. Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon stated on Tuesday that he believes that Cleveland has “the best receiving corps in the league”.
That is very easy for Gordon to believe since he is a player and a Wide Receiver on the Browns but looking deeper into the comment, Gordon may actually not be far off from reality. If you break down each Wide Receiver on the Browns, you find the Gordon is without a doubt the go to guy in Cleveland.
Gordon has been in the league since 2012, when he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the supplemental draft. The former Baylor Wide Receiver came into the league and had two very good seasons, taking in first team All-Pro and led the league in receiving yards in 2013. He had his battles with He is a fast, speedy and strong receiver that will play the WR1 spot. Gordon had his issues with off the field activities and legal battles, which put him out of the league from 2014 until 2017.
In 2017, Gordon was reinstated and returned to the Browns lineup in week 13. Gordon has realistically only played 40 total games in the NFL but has tallied 3,089 yards.He is a physical specimen that will lead the Browns and be detailed opposing defenses #1 corner. Lining up on the opposite side of Gordon, will be newly acquired WR Jarvis Landry.
Landry was picked up in the offseason from the Miami Dolphins. Landry was picked up for a pair of draft picks. Landry has played four seasons in the NFL for the Dolphins and has been one of their top receivers throughout his career. Landry pulled in 400 receptions in four years and has 22 touchdowns. He will benefit greatly by having teams put the #2 corner on him instead of having to constantly face the #1’s.
David Njoku will be the Browns Tight End this year. He is a talented second year TE that played all 16 games last year but only started in five. He made 32 receptions and brought in 4 touchdowns.
In addition to Gordon, Landry and Njoku, the Browns will have Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins, Antonio Callaway, Ricardo Louis among a bunch of additional Wide Receivers that will be competing for a spot on the roster. It is anticipated that Tyrod Taylor will be the starting Quarterback for the Browns but Baker Mayfield will make a push to win the starting spot.
In the perfect world, the Browns would allow Taylor to play the starter this year and allow Mayfield to learn from Taylor and transition from college football to the NFL. That being said, Mayfield is a very talented quarterback that may end up forcing the hand of Cleveland Browns management if Taylor doesn’t succeed with the core of players around him.