Browns Beat: WR Josh Gordon still an elite player

Wide receiver Josh Gordon provided the Browns with a glimmer of hope and showed he still has what it takes to be an elite playmaker.

“I see it all the time, every time he’s out there practicing with us,” Browns cornerback Joe Haden said. “He’s a special player that can just be able to turn it on and do his thing, and I’m super excited that he’s out there with us.”

Gordon was one of the Browns’ few bright spots Friday night during their 30-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third preseason game for both teams at Raymond James Stadium.

Gordon caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in his 2016 preseason debut and first game action since Dec. 21, 2014.

Fantasy Impact: 

Gordon used a double move to become wide open on third-and-8 at the Browns’ 27-yard line during their first possession of the game. He caught a 44-yard pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III, his close friend and former teammate at Baylor University, to set up Patrick Murray’s 44-yard field goal with 8:04 left in the first quarter, the story said. Keep in mind defenses likely weren't scheming to stop Gordon or anyone else on the Browns in this contest, but it's nice to see Gordon was still able to make an impact. He's suspended for the first four games of the season, but it's looking like he'll be a big part of the Browns offense as long as he stays out of trouble. Gordon is currently 45th on our WR rankings but has an ADP a round or two higher than some around him in our rankings - which means owners are reaching to grab him earlier.

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