Josh Gordon sets NFL record with second straight 200-yard receiving effort
Josh Gordon etched his name into the NFL record books Sunday, and he did so in spectacular fashion. With a 95-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter (about 75 yards of which came after Gordon made the reception and bounced off a hit), Gordon became the first player in league history with back-to-back 200-yard receiving days in the regular season.
Calvin Johnson is the only other player to top 200 yards in consecutive outings. He did so in Week 17 and the wild-card round of the 2011 season.
Gordon tied a Cleveland team mark with 14 catches last week against Pittsburgh and broke the franchise record with 237 yards receiving. He topped the latter total Sunday against Jacksonville, pushing his tally to 261 yards with his dramatic fourth-quarter TD catch, which erased a 25-20 deficit.
Rather quietly, and without the benefit of any sort of stability at quarterback, Gordon has put together a Pro Bowl-worthy effort in his second season. With his remarkable showing against the Jaguars, Gordon actually pulled within 50 yards of Johnson for the league lead in receiving yards. Neither Johnson nor Gordon has played a full schedule — Johnson missed a game against the Packers; Gordon missed the first two weeks of the season while serving a suspension.
Though the off-field issues are a bit of black cloud over Gordon right now — he confirmed in September that he’d be facing a year ban with another failed drug test — he has thus far proven to be more than worth the 2012 second-round pick Cleveland coughed up to land him in the supplemental draft.
Gordon impressed during his rookie season with 805 yards on 50 receptions. He’s blown past those totals this season, already having posted 64 catches for 1,261 yards. With four games still left, Gordon needs just 29 more receiving yards to break Braylon Edwards’ single-season franchise record of 1,289, set back in 2007. Gordon moved up nine spots in that category Sunday, surpassing players like Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow Jr. and Webster Slaughter to pull into second place on the Browns’ single-season receiving list.