To this day, only one receiver for the Browns has surpassed the 1,000 mark in the last six years. That was Braylon Edwards, and that happened in 2007, where he caught 80 receptions for 1.289 yards.
Josh Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the supplemental draft of 2012. The pick of Gordon was heavily scrutinized. NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, now general manager of the Browns, criticized the pick at the time. Lombardi felt the pick of Josh Gordon was extremely risky due to his raw skills and his off the field incidences that happened while Gordon was at Baylor. Nevertheless, the Cleveland Browns liked what they saw out of Gordon and thought he would be a contribute to the Browns.
When the season began, Gordon was listed as the backup to Greg Little, who was starting his his second year in the NFL. Gordon was not much of an factor in his first four games, and averaged only 93 yards combined total. Then, suddenly Josh Gordon broke out in a very big way. In his next eleven games, Gordon racked up 712 yards with a average of 16.1 YPC and 5 touchdowns. It was quite a impressive year for the rookie who was buried behind Greg Little in the beginning part of the season.
The question remains about Josh Gordon however. Can Josh Gordon avoid the pitfalls of falling to an sophomore slump or can he overcome the so-called sophomore slum and become a star of his own? In the curious case of Josh Gordon, only time will tell.