WR Josh Gordon a big test for Patriots

December, 4, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon made history in Week 13, becoming the first NFL player to ever surpass 200 yards receiving in consecutive games.

With 498 yards over his past two games and 1,249 for the season, Gordon has effectively established himself among the top receivers in the league. He trails only Calvin Johnson in receiving yards, despite missing the first two games due to suspension.

In fact, Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib drew the comparison between Gordon and Johnson, widely recognized as the best receiver in football.

"He reminds me of one of those names, the Calvin Johnsons, the Andre Johnsons, a bigger guy with little-guy quickness," he said. "He can turn an eight-yard curl into a touchdown in a heartbeat."

Among the many challenges in slowing Gordon down is his size and speed combination, Talib said.

"You're getting a guy who's 235 pounds and runs like he's 35 pounds. That's definitely a challenge."

While it remains unclear how the Patriots will oppose Gordon this Sunday, it would come as no surprise to see them use Talib to shadow him.

Talib has often been assigned an opponent's top wide receiver, and with his current pace of nearly 125 receiving yards per game, Gordon fits the bill for the Browns.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.



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