But in his next four games, Gordon caught 10 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns. With 17 catches for 379 yards in his rookie year, he leads all qualifying players with an average of 22.3 yards per reception. And now that he has emerged and is a staple in the starting lineup, Ravens defenders are aware of the danger of letting Gordon, a second-round pick in the supplemental draft this summer, get behind them.
“He can catch the under routes, but with a deep threat like that, you just want to cover deep and stay on top,” said cornerback
Three of Gordon's four touchdowns have come on plays that spanned more than 30 yards and two were for more than 60.
On his first
"With a West Coast timing on routes, you just want to get your hands on them," Smith said. "But guys that are known for their deep routes, mostly you just want to stay on top of them. That's what they live off of."
In Cleveland’s West Coast offensive scheme, the Browns utilize quick throws and screen passes and try to feed the ball to rookie running back
Gordon’s breakout is reminiscent of Ravens wide receiver
Gordon, who entered the supplemental draft after failing three drug tests at Baylor and then Utah, now leads all rookies in receiving touchdowns (four), receiving yards (379), and receptions of 20 yards or longer (six).
“They’ve added that quick-strike capability now,” Ravens coach