If you caught any of the
Of course, we all know the reason why. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was making his first NFL start. It resulted in zero points for the Browns and all of five first downs.
The good news for wide receiver
Worse yet is that it came on the heels of a two-catch, 15-yard performance for Gordon. Of course, this one wasn't his fault, but that's not entirely relevant, is it? If Manziel remains under center for the Browns, Gordon will have to take whatever he gives him.
It's risky, sticking with Gordon in Fantasy. If any Browns player is worth giving the benefit of the doubt, it's him. He's just that special. But with Manziel throwing him the ball, it may not matter. After the performance the rookie just had, you're going on blind faith Week 16 at Carolina, which is reason to ask yourself if the best wide receiver on your bench is as likely to lose it for you as Gordon.
Gordon caught three passes for 48 yards and the only two decent downfield throws by rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel all afternoon.
Gordon caught just two passes for 15 yards in the defeat and has been criticized for not completing routes and for what is perceived by some as a poor work ethic.
But what gets overlooked in the disappointment is just how close Gordon came to having a monster game. There was the overthrow on what could have been an 80-plus yard touchdown early in the second half and the decision to pull up early only to turn on the jets again on a 50-yard pass that would have put the
And for all the talk of reduced playing time and poor conditioning, the fact Gordon had a chance to put the Browns in position for the game-winning field goal tells us a couple things: He was involved in the game plan right up until the very end, and his indecision and rust were the only things preventing him from turning in a big play at that critical moment.
It may not all be smooth sailing for Gordon, but I'm sticking with the player who led the NFL in receiving last year despite having no better quarterback to work with than ... well, than Hoyer.
For other major takeaways from Week 14, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.
Surprisingly, Gordon was often removed from the game on third downs. He tied for the team lead in targets with seven, but will have to wait until Week 15 against Cincinnati to bounce back.
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