According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal, Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman (hamstring) technically got the start, with Gordon then replacing the rookie for the second offensive snap. All three of them as well as Andrew Hawkins ended up getting plenty of first-team work, but it was Gordon who clearly left the best impression. The 25-year-old snuck behind Brent Grimes on a double move to pick up 44 yards on the opening drive, then later outleapt Grimes for a 43-yard touchdown shortly before halftime. Gordon's lack of involvement in the time between might normally seem a bit concerning, but the Cleveland offense simply couldn't get anything going, with Robert Griffin ultimately taking five sacks on 19 dropbacks. Whatever issues the
Gordon (quad) will play Friday against the Buccaneers, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
After missing all of the 2015 season due to suspension and the first two games of the preseason due to a quad injury, Gordon will be making his first on-field appearance since December of 2014 on Friday. Both he and rookie Corey Coleman will play, meaning that Friday marks the first time Cleveland will be rolling out its projected starting receiving corps along with Terrelle Pryor.
As is first-round draft pick Corey Coleman, which will give fantasy observers a preview of what should emerge as the
Though a number of teams have reportedly inquired about trading for
Gordon, who has been suspended for 27 of his last 32 games, has looked good in practice of late and is on track to make his preseason debut Friday against the Bucs. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old has been getting first-team reps in practice and it's not hard to imagine Gordon stepping into a starting role as soon as Week 5, when he is eligible to return from his four-game suspension.
Gordon remains suspended for Cleveland's first four games of this season, but coach Hue Jackson wants to ensure he's ready to roll with the starters once available. Since Gordon won't be able to practice during his suspension, his involvement with the first-team offense ahead of Week 1 is one way Jackson intends to prepare him for his eventual return. Although a quadriceps injury has hindered Gordon somewhat lately, Jackson still hopes he'll be healthy enough to play in Thursday's exhibition contest against the Buccaneers, which would provide a first opportunity to work with quarterback Robert Griffin in a live game situation since the two were teammates at Baylor.
|1||9/11/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/10/16||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 13|
|15||12/18/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
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