Gordon (suspension) nabbed three of his six targets for 29 yards during Thursday's preseason game versus the Bears.
Gordon, who looked liked his former self throughout the preseason, will have to wait until Week 5 against New England before he's allowed back on the field. He worked with the second team Thursday in order to get some final reps in before his suspension kicks in on Saturday. If he can keep up his rapport with Robert Griffin when he gets back, he'll be a welcome addition to a receiving corp that's already flush with talent.
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.
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