Browns offense looks to improve heading into Week 2


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is listed as a starter for Week 2 versus the New Orleans Saints.

Gordon did make a leaping touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to tie it 21-all in the fourth quarter, but Taylor missed a chance to connect with the receiver late in regulation - a blown opportunity on a wet field that could have given the Browns their first victory since 2016.

While Gordon exceeded that number in a major way, he still had an ineffective showing, aside from a touchdown catch which saved fantasy owners who stuck with him.

With Gordon solidified in the starting lineup, he will be a constant threat for opposing defenses.

"The sentiment I'm getting here is [the problem was] him", Jackson said.

Gordon said he did what he was told and was shocked to start.

"I was critical of myself (watching the film) because a lot of the things I did I shouldn't have", Harrison said on September 10 in the Browns locker room in Berea.

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The Browns will make more of an effort this weekend in New Orleans to get the ball to one of their best players.

For all of the work put in during the offseason training program, in private workouts with the offense in Los Angeles during the summer break, through training camp, and then, in the preseason, the Cleveland Browns' offense struggled to find consistency in the 2018 regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Jackson said he was putting his foot down, and Gordon would not get any preferential treatment. Jackson said the week before the game that those who had been present would start.

"Obviously, I have a lot of trust and confidence in him", Brees said.

Just as baffling was that Gordon did not play the rest of the first series or the entire second series - perhaps a delayed penalty. But on Cleveland's first play, Gordon lined up wide in a three-tight end personnel package. The Browns tried to exploit the Steelers' secondary by using Gordon's speed to stretch the field and create one-on-one matchups. "I was just out there running my route and the ball came out, I gotta adjust to the ball as I see it".

"We have to", he said. "Not what I wanted, but we will get through that, too". "I think in the National Football League, that's the biggest jump for most teams - after that first week".

Jackson stiffened when he was asked what kind of leash he intends to have on Taylor, who was acquired in March from Buffalo and will start until the Browns feel the No. 1 overall pick Mayfield is ready. He's got all the tools. Got to play better. But, said Jackson, "I don't think it's the ankle sprain that lasts six weeks or whatever that is".