Browns WR Josh Gordon’s absence creates a potentially crippling void the Browns will have to fill by spreading the ball around to several players.
It leaves opposing defenses able to approach the Browns playing two-deep with corners keeping plays in front of them. In a time when the passing game has become dominant, the Browns will rely on passing efficiently, running the ball and playing defense.
TE Jordan Cameron will feel the absence of Gordon as well, because no longer will teams have to double the outside. Cameron may get more targets, but he looks like he'll get a lot more attention from defenses, too. With a lot of questions at QB, the team may have to run more with Ben Tate and Terrance West, but eventually teams will stack the box unless they can somehow threaten defenses with the pass.