Gordon looked good at Wednesday's practice and still has the support of Browns head coach Hue Jackson, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "It's like Christmas,'' Jackson said. "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."
Gordon worked out with the quarterbacks Monday but had to wait until Wednesday for his first official full-squad practice. It sounds like Jackson expects the 26-year-old wideout to step right into a key role when first eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chargers. Of course, Gordon will first need to prove that he's in good enough shape to handle a significant snap count -- something that shouldn't be taken as a given for a player who hasn't made an NFL appearance since December 2014. Even if he's a bit rusty, Gordon probably wouldn't take long to re-establish himself as an upgrade from the likes of Ricardo Louis, Kenny Britt, Rashard Higgins and Sammie Coates (ankle/knee). Jackson presumably is excited to see Gordon, Corey Coleman and DeShone Kizer all on the field together in a game
Gordon (suspension) worked out with the Browns' quarterbacks Monday and will take part in the team's first official practice of the week Wednesday.
Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, head coach Hue Jackson said that Gordon, who was granted conditional reinstatement from the NFL earlier this month, has done "everything we've asked him to do thus far" and is closing in on a return to the 53-man roster for the final five games of the Browns' season. Assuming Gordon isn't dramatically behind the rest of his teammates from a conditioning standpoint while he takes part in practices the next two weeks, he should be activated for the Week 13 matchup with the Chargers and make his first NFL appearance since December 2014. That lengthy layoff makes it difficult to forecast to what extent Gordon will be involved in the passing game once he's activated, but his outstanding production in past seasons might be enough to justify stashing him in leagues where he's still sitting on the waiver wire.
Since being conditionally reinstated by the NFL a little over two weeks ago, Gordon has consistently been present at the Browns' team facility and has impressed the coaching staff with his renewed dedication to football. Gordon's long layoff from competitive NFL action means he'll likely have plenty of rust to shake off upon returning to practice, so it's not a lock that he'll immediately reemerge as the Browns' top wideout once he's eligible to play in games beginning with the Week 13 matchup with the Chargers. Jackson's comments during Gordon's initial practices should provide more clarity on what kind of role the 26-year-old will have in the Browns' offensive game plan upon his activation.
Gordon (suspension) said Wednesday that he believes he's back on good terms with Browns head coach Hue Jackson and executive vice president Sashi Brown, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. "Myself, the franchise, the fans, everybody was frustrated at that point in time, so I understand it," Gordon said, regarding his multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. "I believe me and coach Jackson, Sashi Brown and the front office have moved on. They obviously welcomed me back into the organization. I'm looking forward to this year.''
Jackson and Brown publicly expressed frustration with Gordon last season when he checked himself back into rehab instead of rejoining the team. The Browns apparently are inclined to give Gordon another shot, perhaps motivated by an utter lack of wideout production in the absence of Corey Coleman (hand), who returned to practice Monday and could be back as soon as Sunday's game in Detroit. Gordon said Tuesday's one-on-one meeting with Jackson went well, potentially setting the stage for his return in Week 13 against the Chargers, when the 26-year-old receiver will first be eligible to play. With Kenny Britt shaping up as a huge disappointment, the Browns presumably are excited about the potential of seeing Gordon and Coleman on the field at the same time. Gordon reported to the team Tuesday after being conditionally reinstated by the NFL last week, but he's not allowed to practice until Week 12.
Gordon (suspension) is scheduled to report to the Browns' team facility Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Browns are hopeful that Gordon will be ready to play when first eligible Week 13 against the Chargers.
After having been under an indefinite suspension since September 2016 following multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Gordon was conditionally reinstated Nov. 1, allowing him to resume team activities beginning this week. Because Gordon hasn't appeared in an NFL game since Dec. 21, 2014, he could be well behind the rest of his teammates from a conditioning standpoint, which may result in the Browns limiting his involvement in the offense initially once he returns to active status. Even so, it's conceivable that the athletically gifted Gordon, who caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards in his last full season in 2013, could emerge as the top target in a porous Browns receiving corps during the final quarter of the season, making him an intriguing player to stash on fantasy rosters for the time being. Assuming his initial workouts with the team go well, Gordon will resume practicing Nov. 20, giving him a full week to prepare for the Nov. 27 matchup with Los Angeles.
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