Friday, December 27, 2013
Josh Gordon could achieve a Browns first
By Pat McManamon
Josh Gordon has a better than very good chance to lead the NFL in receiving yards this season.
No Cleveland Browns receiver has ever accomplished that feat.
Gordon enters the final game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a team-record 1,564 yards. That’s 72 more than Calvin Johnson, but Johnson did not practice all week and may sit out the season finale, which is meaningless to the Lions. If Johnson sits out, Gordon's closest competition is the Steelers' Antonio Brown; he is 152 yards behind Gordon.
The last Browns receiver to lead a league in receiving was Mac Speedie in 1949 with 1,028. But that was in the old All America Football Conference the year before the Browns joined the NFL.
Speedie led the AAFC in average yards per game that season with 85.7; Gordon averages 120.3 per game.
The last Browns quarterback to lead the league in passing yards was Brian Sipe in 1980 with 4,132.
And the last Browns running back to lead the league in rushing was Leroy Kelly in 1968 with 1,239.
Gordon, incidentally, did not finish in the top 10 in the fan portion of the Pro Bowl voting.