The Cleveland Browns stumbled through the second winless 16-game season in history in 2017, but there are some worst-to-first predictions coming out of the team’s minicamp.
Specifically, some of the Browns are touting the potential of the team’s passing game, with wide receiver Josh Gordon saying he is part of the league’s top unit.
“The best receiving corps in the league, in my opinion, already. Just because of talent alone,” said Gordon on Tuesday, per Cleveland.com. “We’re not short on talent at the wide receiver position at all.”
Gordon, who has appeared in only 10 games over the past four seasons due to multiple violations of the league’s policy on substance abuse, is part of a wideout corps that includes offseason acquisition Jarvis Landry and former first-round pick Corey Coleman.
Landry, a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Miami Dolphins, had an NFL-best 112 receptions last season for 987 yards and nine touchdowns. He echoed Gordon’s sentiments about Cleveland fielding the NFL’s premier receiving corps.
“He ain’t lying. We are playing to our strengths and playing to our ability to have (quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor) back there,” said Landry on the first day of Browns mandatory minicamp. “The things that Josh can do and Corey can do. We have a young cat coming up as well, (Antonio) Callaway. We are just really showing a lot of flashes. I think the capability of what we all can do is endless. We can only, obviously, beat ourselves at this point.”
The Browns are hoping the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon can regain the form that made him a matchup nightmare before the string of off-field transgressions. Gordon had 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games in 2013.
Last week, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, raved about the talents of the 27-year-old Gordon.
“I’ve never seen anybody like him, bar none. He’s definitely gifted,” Mayfield told reporters.
Landry, who had 400 receptions in his four seasons with Miami and was not shy about telling Cleveland reporters last month that he considers himself the best receiver in the game, said no player can compare to Gordon.
“No. He is in a league of his own,” Landry told reporters Tuesday.
The biggest problem for the Browns has been the revolving door at quarterback. Gordon alone has played with 12 different quarterbacks since 2012 despite missing two full seasons, but he lavished praise on the tandem of Taylor and Mayfield.
“The most talented quarterbacks I’ve seen come through here — by far,” Gordon said. “It’s going to be an interesting thing to watch the quarterback battle go on but you’ve got a proven guy in Tyrod, we’ve got a young talented guy in Baker. I don’t see how it can go wrong, really.”