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True to his confident form, Josh Gordon said Tuesday that the Cleveland Browns have “the best receiving corps in the NFL.”

“Just based off of talent alone,” he told reporters at Browns minicamp, including Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “… That’s just my opinion, but (we’re) not short on talent at the wide receiver position at all.”

Gordon, who returned to the field last year for the first time since 2014 after overcoming off-field issues, is set to lead a receiving group that also features three-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry and 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman.

Landry was acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, and his production in short-yardage situations could nicely complement Gordon’s ability to stretch the field.

“He ain’t lying,” Landry said, when asked about Gordon’s assessment, per Zac Jackson of The Athletic.

Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, the last season when he played more than five games, and Landry recorded an NFL-best 112 catches in 2017.

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Fresh off signing a three-year contract extension Thursday, Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson believes his team is ready to turn the page on a disastrous decade.

The Browns are perennial offseason winners, but their “success” in the spring and summer has translated to just one win over the last two seasons. Johnson, however, believes this trend has finally run its course.

“I truly believe if we can stay healthy and commit and follow our quarterback Tyrod (Taylor), and going into game one, I really believe this is a different look and different team (than years past),” Johnson said on Sirius XM NFL Radio Friday, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This is the time of year when everyone likes to say ‘we look better, we’re different,’ but I can honestly say that it should be different.”

The 2015 third-round pick also praised general manager John Dorsey and the additions he made this offseason.

“We’re excited because we see the potential,” Johnson said. “We see the talent that we have and things we can do come this season if we just stick to it, everyone stays healthy.

“We see the things that Tyrod was able to do in Buffalo and we see what Jarvis (Landry) has done since he’s been in the league so we’re just excited for bringing guys on this offense that can help us make plays and score more points and win more games.”

Cleveland has not qualified for the playoffs since 2002, and has just two winning seasons this century.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said Thursday he’d never make a move like Kevin Durant did to win a championship.

“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out, in my mind,” Garrett said of the former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors star to Ken Carman and Anthony Lima of 92.3 “The Fan.”

“It’s different when LeBron left. He went to (Miami to join) Wade and Bosh, but it wasn’t something that was already guaranteed, something you already knew was going to have immediate success. (James) had to jell and work things into place.”

Garrett’s opinion might be skewed by the fact that he plays in Cleveland, but his comments were scathing, nonetheless.

“If I were him, I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place,” he added. “Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.”

Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, was part of a Browns squad last year that went 0-16. He posted seven sacks in his rookie campaign.

Jarvis Landry took some not-so-veiled shots at his former club while praising the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks he’s now catching passes from.

The wide receiver has yet to record an official reception with the Browns, but he already rates the quarterback situation above that of the Miami Dolphins.

“It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that,” Landry said, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Landry has only participated in OTAs and minicamp, where he’s been working with new Cleveland quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield, the first-overall pick in this year’s draft.

“The quarterback play is so important, which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod and (Mayfield) and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here,” Landry said.

For the first four years of his career, Landry was on the other end of passes from Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, and Matt Moore. Last year, he reeled in a league-high 112 passes, the majority of which came from Cutler.

In Cleveland, Landry is already planning post-minicamp workouts with his QBs.

“I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it,” he said. “I would say the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.”

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has already made quite the impression on the quarterback with whom the team hopes he’ll be teaming up for many years to come.

“I’ve never seen anybody like him,” rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield said Tuesday, according to ClevelandBrowns.com’s Andrew Gribble.

Gordon returned to the Browns in 2017 after last playing a regular-season game in Week 16 of the 2014 season.

He recorded just 18 receptions on 42 targets for 335 yards and one touchdown in five contests last year, a far cry from the 87-catch, 1,646-yard, nine-touchdown performance that earned him Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in his sophomore season in 2013.

Quarterback Nick Foles said Tuesday he was never told about a trade offer that would send him to the Cleveland Browns, and he certainly didn’t ask the Philadelphia Eagles to refrain from making the deal before they acquired Tyrod Taylor, according to Jeff McLane of Philly.com.

report last week claimed the Eagles rejected the Browns’ offer after running the scenario by Foles, who preferred to remain in Philadelphia – even as a backup to Carson Wentz.

Foles came off the bench late last season to relieve an injured Wentz, and led the Eagles all the way to a Super Bowl LII championship.

General manager John Dorsey, who had expressed apprehension about the Cleveland Browns appearing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” said Thursday he’s content with the team being featured on the program this summer.

“Like many, I was reluctant about being the featured team on ‘Hard Knocks’ but once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right,” Dorsey said in a news release announcing the Browns’ participation in the show.

Just two weeks ago, Dorsey said nothing good comes out of appearing on the five-episode show, which provides an inside look at an NFL team throughout training camp. The Browns were one of six clubs eligible to be featured on the series in 2018.

After beginning his Browns tenure 1-31, head coach Hue Jackson figures to garner plenty of attention from HBO.

“Hue and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we are in the process of building something that will lead to success,” said Dorsey. “Being a part of ‘Hard Knocks’ will give our fans the opportunity to see how passionate the people in our building are about winning and how excited we are about getting to work and preparing for the 2018 season.”

The Browns have never before been featured on the series.