Aqib Talib thinks Josh Gordon belongs in same company as Calvin Johnson
|12.04.13 at 2:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Browns may be 4-8 with a weekly quarterback crisis, but they have a record-setting receiver who has accomplished something in the last two weeks that’s never been seen in the NFL — ever.
Josh Gordon broke his own week-old Browns record with 261 receiving yards on 10 catches last week in a 32-28 home loss to the Jaguars. He set the previous record a week earlier against Pittsburgh with 237 yards receiving. Gordon is the only player in NFL history to top 200 yards in back-to-back games. His 498 yards in consecutive games and 623 yards in his last three games are both NFL records, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
With such gaudy numbers, Gordon — in his second season out of Baylor — is quickly being mentioned in the same company as Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Houston’s Andre Johnson. Patriots corner Aqib Talib — who figures to draw him in some coverage this week — can see the justification for those comparisons.
“He reminds you of those names, the Calvin Johnsons, the Andre Johnsons, just bigger guys with little guys’ speed and quickness. He can turn an 8-yard curl into a touchdown in a heartbeat. Definitely a challenge.”
Gordon, who stands 6-foot-4 and is listed at 225 pounds, is second in the NFL in receiving yards (1,249) this year. Only Calvin Johnson (1,299) has more.
“You get a guy who’s 235 pounds who runs like he’s 35 pounds,” Talib said, adding 10 pounds to his frame. “That’s definitely a challenge.”
As for who will be getting him the ball, the Browns haven’t made up their mind yet. Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney are all technically in the mix.
How is Gordon doing it with practically a new QB every week?
“Preparation, I guess,” Gordon said in a conference call Wednesday. “Just preparation and perseverance through the rough season and some tough losses we had on the offensive side. Just really pushing through and trying to stay determined to have a good season.
“It’s definitely not normal. I don’t think there are too many wide receivers who have to deal with that in a single season. It’s kind of rough. We’re still dealing with it now. We’re not really sure as to what we’re going to do, where we’re going to go, but I know coach [Rob Chudzinski] will make the right decision and it seems as though they’ve tried to thus far. But, it is pretty rough to get a good rhythm with one quarterback when there have been so many changes. It’s definitely something you can’t get used to.”
Said Talib on Wednesday: “I don’t know who the quarterback is going to be yet but I know they have a great group of skill players, from running backs to slot receiver [Davone] Bess to both guys on the outside to the tight end. They definitely have a bunch of weapons. Whoever the quarterback is, we’re going to prepare for everybody and definitely prepare for that group of skill guys.
“You watch more tape. Usually, you try to watch all the games they play this season anyway. If you watch all the games they play, you’ll see some of the quarterbacks. If they’re not on tape, you can’t watch them. So, you just have to look at what they did in the past. It’s a challenge when you don’t know what quarterback you’re facing. So, it makes you have to work that much harder.”
Talib has Cleveland roots from his childhood but never grew up rooting for the Browns.
“Yeah, East Cleveland, baby,” Talib said of one of the tougher areas of the city on Lake Erie. “We locked. Definitely not. I was a Cowboys fan.”
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