Chat Rewind: Projections for Josh Gordon


For a full transcript of this week's AFC North chat, you can click right here. Here are some highlights:

Cincinnati Bengals

John (Cincy): Bigger impact as a rookie? Tight end Tyler Eifert or running back Gio Bernard? How would you rank the remaining weaknesses on this Bengals team? MLB or SS?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Both Eifert and Bernard should make an impact on the Bengals offense. They are the keys to increasing the amount of big plays for Cincinnati. If I had to choose one, Eifert will make the bigger impact. He'll stand out in the red zone. As far as weaknesses, I would go: SS, C and LB.

Bojo (Portland OR): How many touches do you think Gio gets this year? and when do you expect him to surpass BenJarvus Green-Ellis for the starting job?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): My guess is Bernard gets eight to 10 touches per game. The Bengals will stick with BGE as the starter this year. Next year, then it's a battle for the starting job.

Cleveland Browns

Joe (Wilmington NC): Do you see Browns TE Jordan Cameron being a difference maker this year? Since the front office decided against signing any big names, it seems like they have faith in his athletic ability in Norv Turner/Rob Chudzinski's system.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Browns hope Cameron will be a difference maker. If not, they're not going to get much production out of the tight end spot. I agree with you that his athleticism seems to fit the profile for Turner and Chudzinski. I project him to catch around 50 passes and catch a handful of touchdown passes.

Rell (Philly): What are the chances of Josh Gordon or Greg Little topping 1,000 yards this season?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Gordon should surpass 1,000 yards. I have him getting at least 70 catches this year. If he averages over 14 yards per catch, he'll top that 1,000-yard mark.

Baltimore Ravens

Darrell (Baltimore): Do you expect the Ravens to suffer from the same Super Bowl hangover which has plagued each defending champion since the Patriots?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): This is one positive of changing over the roster so much. By adding so many new starters, the Ravens don't feel like a team that is trying to repeat. I don't expect much of a hangover.

Ballhawk reed (Orlando, FL): I was just curious on why the Ravens weren't interested in Brandon Albert trade. I know money could be an issue, but I'm sure they could work something out and they wanted only a third-rounder if I'm not mistaken. Just a thought.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If you're trading for Albert, you need to sign him to an extension. Before June 1, Ravens only had $1.7 million in salary-cap room and still need to sign two picks. The Ravens were able to sign Bryant McKinnie because he came at a lower price. Not sure if Baltimore could have fit Albert under the cap.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kevin (OC): Being as close to the Steelers locker room as you are, do you really think Big Ben and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are on the same page, or are they just playing nice for the media?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Roethlisberger and Haley aren't best buddies. It's not the same relationship Roethlisberger had with Bruce Arians. But I don't see much friction between them. They have dinner. I believe they've played golf together. It's fair to say they have differing opinions on how the offense should be run, however.

Todd (New Jersey): I understand that Big Ben should be entering the prime of his career. However, with all the hits he takes, do you think the Steelers should start drafting QBs for the future? Assuming of course that Landry Jones doesn't impress the coaching staff.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Roethlisberger has at least four more great years left in him. He just turned 31 in March. Yes, he's taken a lot of hits. But that means he won't be playing in his late 30s like Peyton.