FOXBORO -- Josh Gordon is pretty modest for a 22-year-old NFL record holder.
The second-year Browns receiver made history Sunday when he posted his second 200-yard game in as many weeks. His 237 against the Steelers and 261 against the Jaguars give him 1,249 yards on the season -- that, after missing the first two games for suspension. He is Cleveland's first 1,000-yard receiver since 2007.
How has he turned up the heat in recent weeks?
"Preparation, I guess," he said on a conference call with Patriots media. "Just preparation and perseverance through the rough season and some tough losses we had on the offensive side. Just really pushing through and trying to stay determined to have a good season."
New England head coach Bill Belichick thinks Gordon is doing just fine.
"He’s a great player," Belichick said. "He can attack all three levels of the defense. He can run through them, he can take the short plays, catch-and-run plays, crossing patterns, look patterns, plays like that, quick three-step drops and break tackles. He’s very good on the intermediate routes, the in-cuts, the crossing routes, comebacks, stop-routes, things like that that attack the middle levels of the defense. He’s a complete player that can run fast, catch, big target and make a lot of yards on his own after the catch with his speed, size and running ability."
Most impressive is the fact Gordon has done it all -- racked up the yards, caught seven touchdown passes -- in the face of some unusual adversity.
Cleveland has four quarterbacks to choose from Sunday against the Patriots. Both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell have been cleared for activity after suffering concussions. Alex Tanney was signed off the Cowboys practice squad after Campbell's head injury. Free agent Caleb Hanie was picked up Tuesday.
Four days before the game, New England still has no idea which quarterback it'll see. But if you think that's frustrating, try getting into a rhythm as a Browns receiver.
"It’s definitely not normal," Gordon said of the quarterback quandary. "I don’t think there are too many wide receivers who have to deal with that in a single season. It’s kind of rough.
"We’re still dealing with it now. We’re not really sure as to what we’re going to do, where we’re going to go, but I know [Head] Coach [Rob Chudzinski] will make the right decision and it seems as though they’ve tried to thus far. But, it is pretty rough to get a good rhythm with one quarterback when there have been so many changes. It’s definitely something you can’t get used to."