Covering Gordon could be problem for Ravens

Covering Gordon could be problem for Ravens
October 30, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) catches a pass as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 23-17.

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Josh Gordon is still with the Browns, which means he could be a problem Sunday for the Ravens.

Despite rumors that Gordon might be dealt, the Browns kept their talented 22-year-old receiver. Can you blame them? After serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon has been one of the league’s top receivers over the past seven six weeks. He is second in the league in yards per catch (18.2) and yards per game (97), and giving up big plays has been a problem for the Ravens’ defense.

Gordon missed the Browns’ 14-6 loss to the Ravens in Week 2, serving his suspension. Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski hopes that having Gordon in the lineup Sunday helps tip the game in Cleveland’s favor.

“He’s made a lot of strides for us in all areas,” Chudzinski said during a Wednesday conference call. “He’s learning to play the game, the little nuances of playing the position and has really gotten better. He’s been important for us because he’s a playmaker, a guy that people have to pay attention to that obviously can open things up for other guys as well. He’s been very productive. With any young player, we’re looking for consistency. He’s gotten better, and (we are) excited about him in the future.”

The Ravens want to stop Gordon from causing too much excitement, but that will be difficult. Gordon caught five passes for 132 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs last weekend, which was Gordon’s third 100-yard game this season

. With Jason Campbell at quarterback, the Browns have a better chance to exploit Gordon’s talents than they did with the erratic Brandon Weeden. There is little doubt that Campbell will be going deep to Gordon on Sunday. And unlike earlier this season, the Ravens will face the challenge of trying to stop him.