The Cleveland Browns received good news today when they learned that wide receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated by the NFL. Roger Goodell recently met with Gordon and obviously believes that one more chance is worth giving the talented Gordon. This is an opportunity that Gordon cannot afford to mess up.
At 25-years-old, Gordon has wasted the majority of his career due to marijuana usage. He has failed many NFL drug tests, but the Browns have continued standing by him despite the suspensions.
Adam Schefter of ESPN also reported that Gordon will be allowed to remain with the Browns and work out with the team during his suspension.
Cleveland needs a star wide receiver now more than ever as they look to turn their franchise around. Hue Jackson takes over the head coaching role with question marks surrounding a large part of the Browns’ roster. Robert Griffin III is penciled in as the starting quarterback, but who the main targets will be is a big question as well.
Looking back at the 2013 season in which Gordon played 14 regular season games, he caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. In 2014, Gordon played five games and caught 24 passes for 303 yards but was unable to score a touchdown. His numbers just two years ago should give the Browns hope for the upcoming season.
It is obvious with just a glance at the Browns’ roster that Gordon will be the No. 1 receiver when he is eligible to return from his four-game suspension that Goodell handed down.
Corey Coleman was drafted with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He is going to become a star in the league at some point in the future, but right now, he can’t be the go-to guy for Griffin and the Browns’ offense. Gordon has NFL experience and he can come back strong with a big performance.
Not only does Gordon possess the talent to be the top wide receiver in the offense, but he also has a chip on his shoulder to prove himself. After missing yet another full season due to suspension, Gordon knows that he has to come back and prove the Browns right for sticking with him yet again.
ESPN Stats and Info put up some interesting statistics about Gordon and how dominant he was in his first two NFL season.
Obviously, this is the last chance that Goodell and the Browns are going to give Gordon. He has to stay clear of drug test failures and focus on rebuilding his NFL career.
There is no denying the talent that Gordon possesses. He has shown it time and time again with the Browns when he has been on the field.
Needless to say, the Browns can look forward to a dangerous one-two punch at the wide receiver position. Gordon and Coleman will give Griffin or whoever ends up starting at quarterback a dual-threat down-the-field. Both receivers are capable of making plays as a deep threat, but they can both make plays in the short game as well with their speed and quickness.
Jackson and the Browns are hoping to make a run at the AFC playoff picture this season. It has been a long time since Cleveland was viewed as a serious contender in the conference. Going up against the rest of the AFC North isn’t going to be easy, but having Gordon back certainly helps their cause.
Cleveland certainly will have an entertaining offense to watch with Gordon active. Add in the storyline surrounding Griffin trying to turn his career around and the Browns will be must-watch television.
Expect to see Gordon come back with a huge season in 2016 and prove that he belongs at the NFL level. He is being given a chance that not many would get, and he will take full advantage of the opportunity that has been handed to him.
Do you think that Josh Gordon will put up big numbers for the Cleveland Browns in 2016? Can he turn his career around and become one of the league’s top wide receivers once again? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!
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