The Cleveland Browns went 0-16 last year and are 1-31 over their past two seasons, but a pair of players are confident they have the NFL’s top group in at least one position.
Gordon’s contention makes for an interesting debate, though the Browns would face competition from teams like the Falcons (Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, rookie Calvin Ridley) and Steelers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, rookie James Washington), for that honor.
The Browns also need to determine their quarterback hierarchy, though the team has stressed that veteran Tyrod Taylor would open the season as the starter over Mayfield.
Still, for Cleveland’s receiving corps to compete with the league’s top units, the heaviest burden will most likely fall on the shoulder of Gordon to return to his previous levels of production.
I plan on exceeding those expectations, Gordon said. Exceeding those goals and everything that I’ve done in the past and just building upon it. More than anything, I really just want to win. Whatever it takes for me to get some wins and do my part, where I leave no doubt, no question in anybody’s mind that Josh did everything that he could do to try to get us a win, then I can walk away with whatever the stat line is.
OK, I’m not saying Camp Patricia is battened down tightly, few clues given, few comparisons offered. I’m just saying some of the automated answers make you wonder if the Lions developed a football version of Siri. Even their most-loquacious players aren’t saying much about the past regime, or the new regime, or what’s different. But, oh, it’s different.
Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are reluctant to tout the Patriot Way here, as they carve their own path.
But all the signs are showing up, from the no-nonsense practices, to the occasional stern outbursts from Patricia on the field, to the reluctance by anybody to say anything.