Browns: Josh Gordon pushes forward after puzzling opener

Josh Gordon started for Cleveland Browns due to miscommunication

Josh Gordon started for Cleveland Browns due to miscommunication

"We've got to give him opportunities, and I think we'll do that".

By going 15-of-40 passing (37.5 percent) for 197 yards and a touchdown with an interception for a rating of 51.8, Taylor finished with a sub-50 completion percentage for just the second time in his 44 career starts.

"I was not (surprised)", Taylor said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Now they're determined to spearhead an offensive turnaround Sunday when the Browns (0-0-1) visit the New Orleans Saints (0-1).

Following the game, Jackson said he wasn't aware that Gordon was in until it was too late, adding another layer of puzzlement to the situation.

"I saw it just like you did", Jackson said Sunday.

Jackson stiffened when he was asked what kind of leash he intends to have on Taylor, who was acquired in March from Buffalo and will start until the Browns feel the No. 1 overall pick Mayfield is ready. Gordon had one reception for 17 yards.

"I would not say that you see it as a fluke-ish game", Taylor said, "Take it for what it is".

"When you look back at the film, which we did, there were things that we beat ourselves on", said Taylor, "Hats off to a good defense, but there were some things that they did not necessarily take away from us, and there were things that we can clean up and get better at". "I'm learning his speed each and every day so that we can be better at connecting, of course, on the deep ball because those plays spring open our offense and ultimately put points on the board".

"It was a miscommunication", Taylor said. "The game's over with now, so to talk about it, what's it going to do?"

On the 69 snaps, Gordon was targeted three times officially, with a fourth negated by a penalty on the Steelers.

Last week, Jackson was adamant that Gordon would not be in the starting lineup against Pittsburgh after he missed more than three weeks of camp to address his personal health during his public battle with drugs and alcohol. "What I am also saying in there is that it is not all him".

Gordon said the coaching staff decided at halftime to play him more than was originally planned.

"I want us to get better here this next week, and go to this game and play much better than we played this past week". He has to continue to work to begin in the right spot.

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