Since making a much-anticipated return, Josh Gordon has flashed the talent that made him one of the NFL’s most electric players before a lengthy suspension.
After an almost three-year absence from football, the Browns wide receiver shined in his Los Angeles debut three weeks ago and followed up that performance by catching his first touchdown in almost four years. In Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, Baltimore kept Gordon—who finished with five catches for 47 yards—mostly in check as he continues to build chemistry within a struggling offense.
“It’s frustrating. It’s tough to get that continuous continuity and rhythm going. Coming from behind the 8-ball, we just really have to do whatever is necessary week by week at practice coming into each game week,” Gordon said postgame. “Just making sure that we’re prepared more than anything. It’s rough. It’s frustrating. It’s tough."
All things considered, Gordon has played pretty well since his return. Those who follow the team pointed out his debut could have been much better with more consistent QB play. HC Hue Jackson pointed out that Gordon made two key blocks during the team's Week 15 game.
Looks like the Browns are going to work him in as quickly as possible. He'll be a risky fantasy play until he can show some consistent production and it's anyone's guess how long that could take. It's hard to envision him getting a full workload his first week back, but we should at least see a steady increase week-to-week.
Hue Jackson's Christmas season will start the day before Thanksgiving this year.
It's the day Josh Gordon will practice with the team for the first time since last preseason.
"It's like Christmas,'' said Jackson. "I get to open a new toy. I know what's in that box, but I just want to see how good it is. It's exciting that he'll be back out there."
On Monday, the first day Gordon was eligible to practice with the team instead of on his own, he spent some time catching passes with DeShone Kizer and the other quarterbacks. Jackson said he's very eager to add him to the lineup for the final five games, beginning Dec. 3 in Los Angeles against the Chargers.
“The first day back in the building went great,” Gordon posted on an Instagram story, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The real work begins now. Let y’all know where I’m at. Let’s go.”
Gordon will attend meetings and work on his conditioning and in individual drills until Nov. 20 when he returns to practice. He can play in the final five games, beginning Dec. 3 against the Chargers.
Josh Gordon is headed back to Cleveland.
The Browns announced Monday that their long-lost wideout will report to the team on Tuesday to meet with officials from the organization following his reinstatement.
The NFL announced last Wednesday that Gordon had been reinstated on a conditional basis by Commissioner Roger Goodell, with the ability "to join the Browns to attend meetings, engage in conditioning work and individual workouts."
Currently stashed on the Commissioner's Exempt list, Gordon -- if all goes swimmingly -- will be allowed to practice with the Browns starting Monday, November 20. Come November 27, the 26-year-old pass-catcher would be eligible at the club's discretion to return to active status.
Barring a setback, the Browns could have Gordon in uniform for Cleveland's Week 13 road trip to Los Angeles to face the Chargers. He would also be available for the team's final four games against the Packers, Ravens, Bears and Steelers. Gordon hasn't appeared in a regular-season tilt since 2014. Gordon could help fantasy teams this playoff season, although we're a long way from trusting him in lineups at this point, but he may be worth a stash.
While dynasty and keeper owners should look to add the 26-year-old Gordon on the cheap, we aren't expecting much from him from a redraft standpoint. He's not eligible to play until Week 13, the Browns don't have a quarterback, and the last time we saw him (2014!) he caught 24 of 47 targets for 303 yards and no touchdowns in five games. He did lead the league in receiving in 2013, which is why he's worth a flier in dynasty leagues.
Gordon hasn’t filed yet even though former Olympian Tim Montgomery, who has been assisting Gordon, has said, “He’s coming. . . I think he’s going to be there this season.”
Even if Gordon files this week, the league has no deadline or timetable for resolving a reinstatement request. And since Gordon currently doesn’t have an agent to help him through the process of filing his petition, the application may not move as quickly as it otherwise would, the story said.
Tim Montgomery, the former Olympic Gold medalist and world-record holder who's been working with Josh Gordon, said the Browns receiver is still in rehab but hopes to have his indefinite drug ban lifted soon after he gets out on Sept. 21.
"He's coming," Montgomery told cleveland.com. "I think he's going to be there this season."
Montgomery, who owns N.U.M.A. Speed in Gainesville, Fla., said Gordon checked himself back into rehab on June 21 in the hopes that a 90-day stint would be enough to convince the NFL to let him back in the league.
It's Gordon's fourth known trip to rehab, and he's set to be released in a little over a week.
"He's been clean, so we're hoping after 90 days he's reinstated and they put him back in the league, which it looks like they're going to do that,'' said Montgomery.
Gordon's bid for reinstatement was denied on May 11, but he was told he could re-apply in fall. The league says Gordon's reinstatement is "not under active consideration yet" according to another link in the story. It's a bit of a lengthy read, but it's likely the league will proceed with caution given Gordon has been suspended for 43 of his last 48 games, and faltered each team he's been allowed back in, including last season on a conditional basis, the story pointed out.
Speaking to Browns season ticket holders before the final practice open training camp practice, he added, 'at least it hasn't made it to my desk yet.'
Gordon, who's petition for reinstatement from his drug ban was denied three months ago, is eligible to re-apply in September.
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He applied in early March. He can reapply for reinstatement in the fall.
It doesn't sound like it.
"We're not in a position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel like he's settled himself," Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown said Tuesday at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, per the Akron Beacon Journal.
In the process of applying for NFL reinstatement, Gordon hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2014. The 25-year-old wideout voluntarily entered an in-patient rehabilitation facility last October to, as he stated, "gain full control of my life."
"Now, that's a separate question," Brown said of Gordon's off-the-field issues, "but Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the NFL, and, at that time, we'll make a decision when we know what's going on."
Back in 2013, Gordon set the league on fire with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games. He followed that up with just 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five games in 2014. He's been suspended since then, but the Browns wouldn't be doing their due diligence if they didn't evaluate Gordon's current ability to contribute to the team.
Josh Gordon, who was due to come off his four-game suspension Monday, remains on the Browns' reserve/suspended list pending further notice from Commissioner Roger Goodell, a league spokesman told cleveland.com.
Gordon left the team on Thursday and checked himself into inpatient rehab.
A league source told cleveland.com that he's seeking help for an alcohol problem.
Regardless, Hue Jackson made it clear Thursday the Browns are parting ways with the oft-suspended receiver, who's been banned for 31 of his last 36 games.
"What's best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,'' Jackson said. "He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we're moving forward. We're going to move on."
The story said the team will likely release Gordon at some point but it doesn't have to be immediately because he's not taking up a roster spot or getting paid. In terms of fantasy, it seems safe to say Gordon can be dropped in redraft leagues. He will need to turn his life around before being allowed back on the football field.
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm
Browns WR Corey Coleman (hand) missed practice again Thursday. He’s out for a few more weeks. With Coleman out, Terrelle Pryor is the clear WR1 in Cleveland with Josh Gordon’s announcement that he’s entering a rehab facility.
This is unlikely to have an impact on Gordon's playing status this year, but it doesn't show much maturity to dodge a court-ordered paternity test for an entire year.
“I see it all the time, every time he’s out there practicing with us,” Browns cornerback Joe Haden said. “He’s a special player that can just be able to turn it on and do his thing, and I’m super excited that he’s out there with us.”
Gordon was one of the Browns’ few bright spots Friday night during their 30-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third preseason game for both teams at Raymond James Stadium.
Gordon caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in his 2016 preseason debut and first game action since Dec. 21, 2014.
Gordon used a double move to become wide open on third-and-8 at the Browns’ 27-yard line during their first possession of the game. He caught a 44-yard pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III, his close friend and former teammate at Baylor University, to set up Patrick Murray’s 44-yard field goal with 8:04 left in the first quarter, the story said. Keep in mind defenses likely weren't scheming to stop Gordon or anyone else on the Browns in this contest, but it's nice to see Gordon was still able to make an impact. He's suspended for the first four games of the season, but it's looking like he'll be a big part of the Browns offense as long as he stays out of trouble. Gordon is currently 45th on our WR rankings but has an ADP a round or two higher than some around him in our rankings - which means owners are reaching to grab him earlier.
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