Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Cleveland Browns aim to target Josh Gordon more

Hue Jackson Is Going To Ruin a Browns Team that Can Actually Win Hue Jackson Is Going To Ruin a Browns Team that Can Actually Win
Cary Erickson | 16 September, 2018, 06:00

"I know the gameplan", Taylor told reporters Wednesday.

Of course, because this is Cleveland, where quarterback criticism is passed down through generations, much of the postgame blame was directed at Taylor, who completed just 15 of 40 passes, got sacked seven times and missed a few open receivers in his first start for the Browns.

Josh Gordon was supposedly not supposed to be the starter in Week 1 for the Cleveland Browns but ended up starting anyway.

Still, Gordon, who missed most of training camp on a leave of absence to focus on his recovery from addiction, made the most of those limited chances.

"I didn't like it", Jackson said. I mean we have got to play better offensively, it is not just him. So we need to practice and get better, and I think we will. "He played on the first play, and that was a mistake", Jackson said. He was in the game consistently from that point, finishing with 69 snaps, behind only Jarvis Landry among the receivers. He said Gordon not being on the field the rest of the first two series was also a result of personnel decisions related to playcalls. Jackson said Monday it was a case of "miscommunication". "The game's over with now, so to talk about it, what's it going to do? Nothing. I've dealt with it and we'll move on".

The Browns escaped the opener with only one injury, but it could be a serious one.

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Gordon pulled off the sensational snare in the fourth quarter of the 21-21 AFC North matchup on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Gordon said the coaching staff decided at halftime to play him more than was originally planned. "We have got to play better around him".

Jackson felt there were more opportunities for both Taylor and Gordon to link up against the Steelers but the responsibility is shared by both players for not taking advantage. But the coach said the offense's struggles were not because of Taylor alone. "It was good to get that experience and that feeling underneath me, especially an overtime game, the weather and everything". Got to play better.

Jackson gave an incredulous look when presented with the notion that Taylor might be on some kind "of leash" with No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield behind him.

Watt beat tight end Darren Fells for one of them, chased Taylor out of bounds on another and covered Taylor for a sack when the Browns quarterback was trying to scramble out of trouble.

"That's what the offense is created to do and that is what we are going to try and accomplish". To a certain extent, Jackson said, that starts with getting Gordon and the Browns' playmakers the ball more.