Gordon named Player of the Year
CLEVELAND – In what was truly a no-brainer, receiver Josh Gordon has been named the Browns Player of the Year in voting by Cleveland-area members of the Pro Football Writers of America Association.
Offensive tackle Joe Thomas was named winner of the Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award.
Gordon turned a terrible start of the season into one of the best seasons ever for a Browns receiver. After being suspended the first two games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon has gone on to register a league-high 1,564 yards and nine touchdowns on 80 receptions. The yardage total broke the previous team record of 1,289 set by Braylon Edwards in 2007.
Gordon admittedly wasn’t aware of the award, but he expressed thanks for the unanimous vote.
“It’s definitely an honor to have a group of individuals decide that,” Gordon said before practice Thursday.
Gordon recently had a streak of four games in which he had at least 100 yards in receptions. Included in that run was a 237-yard effort against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a 261-yard performance one week later against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Trailing Gordon in yardage this season is Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions with 1,492. Gordon admits that his remaining individual goal is to finish ahead of Johnson.
“At this point I definitely want to make it a goal to finish on top,” Gordon said.
COOK IS WAIVED: Former Youngstown State University running back Jamaine Cook was waived Thursday. Cook was among the final roster cuts in late August. He was signed to the practice squad Oct. 23.
In another move, defensive lineman Brian Sanford was signed for depth purposes. The front wall will be without tackle Phil Taylor, who suffered a concussion against the Jets last Sunday. Sanford was with the Browns from 2010 until being cut in August. He spent time with the Oakland Raiders this season, playing in five games with one start.
DRAFT WAVES: It’s never too early to think about the NFL draft, especially for Browns fans. The Browns, currently in the fifth spot, can pick no lower than eighth and no higher than third overall.
Two years ago the Browns were slotted fourth overall. They moved up one spot in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings and used the third pick on Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
MORE CLARITY: Defensive coordinator Ray Horton was a little more specific when asked about his plans for the offseason than he was last week. Horton was recently included in a group of minority coaches who have been recommended by a panel to be considered for what might be as many as 10 coaching vacancies.
“I hope I’m back here,” Horton said. “I don’t have any control over that. It’s nice to be mentioned. Anybody whether you’re a player here trying to get into the Pro Bowl or trying to get re-signed or a coach trying to get promoted that’s the nature of the business. You want to be recognized.”
WAIT AND SEE: The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on a NFL Network special tonight at 9 p.m. Among Browns hoping to hear their name called is cornerback Joe Haden.
“I’ve done everything I could have done,” Haden said. “Your play speaks for itself. If I don’t make the Pro Bowl I’ll be upset, but at the same time I just know next year I’ll have to come in and finish off strong and do my whole thing for the whole season.”