Browns WR Nate Burleson, who's played with the likes of Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson, knows there are no superstars in the bunch without Gordon, but says that coach Mike Pettine's "receiver-by-committee" plan is sound. It features 12th-year pro Burleson; two-time Pro Bowler Miles Austin; Anthony Armstrong, who played for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington; and Andrew Hawkins, who's itching to break out of the shadows of A.J Green and Co. in Cincinnati, where he played last season.
"I think we've got some pieces to the puzzle that can be really powerful,'' said Burleson. "We've got some guys that can go up and get it. Miles is a beast, man. He looks like a linebacker and he's fast, he's strong, he snatches everything. You've got guys at one point were top five. Miles was, man! He's come out here these last couple of days and shown why he was so good here in Dallas, and he wants to prove that he can stay healthy and make plays."
Browns receivers are confident they'll be ok without Gordon if it comes to that. But from a fantasy perspective, owners are just going to have to wait and see. They aren't seeing a lot of action in typical drafts so these guys will likely end up as waiver wire targets. The QB situation could also play a role. Brian Hoyer looked pretty good in limited action last year and Johnny Manziel is a wild card. In terms of receivers, TE Jordan Cameron looks to have the most value at this point.