IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys were interested in selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft in the offseason, but were not willing to spend a second-round pick on him the way Cleveland did.
On Sunday, Gordon and the Browns visit Cowboys Stadium and the Cowboys will get a chance to see in person somebody who could have been their No. 3 receiver this year.
Gordon has 19 catches for 417 yards with four touchdowns. His 417 yards are the most for a rookie receiver in the league and the touchdowns are tied for the most by a rookie. He became the first rookie since Randy Moss in 1998 to record touchdowns of 30 yards or more in three straight games earlier this season.
“To me, it’s going pretty well,” Gordon said of his rookie season. “Definitely a learning experience. Everything is brand new for me, but it’s going great, to me, so far.”
Gordon had to go the supplemental draft route after he was kicked out of Baylor in the summer of 2011. He transferred to Utah but never played for the Utes before declaring himself for the supplemental draft.
The Cowboys talked extensively about Gordon with Baylor coach Art Briles, whose daughter, Jancy, is the team’s media relations coordinator.
“He talked about Josh a lot and the kind of young man he is and how he’d gone through a couple of things,” Jason Garrett said. “He vouched for him as a person. Then on film, just an outstanding talent. He’s big. He’s long. He’s fast. He can catch. He’s very natural. It was an interesting thing and I think a lot of people were hearing the same things we heard and he became an intriguing guy. We were well in-tuned with what his situation was leading up to the supplemental draft and Cleveland stepped up and was aggressive in picking him. He’s certainly done a lot of good things for them.”