Cleveland Browns: 4 players with the most to gain against Tampa Bay
Josh Gordon also was full go at practice this week in Tampa and will play in his first NFL game since December of 2014 due to suspensions. While Gordon is suspended for the first four games of the regular season, he is eligible to play in the preseason.
Gordon has been out of football so long that it will be a positive for the Browns and himself to get a handful of snaps and adjust to playing at game speed and putting the helmet back on. Gordon had a solid week of practice and has started to find chemistry with Griffin.
“He still looks the exact same and it’s just crazy,” cornerback Joe Haden told cleveland.com. “He looks a little bigger. I don’t know how that happened, but he’s still out there running around, looking the same, running his routes, floating. It still looks effortless.”
If what Haden says holds to be true, the Browns would be getting a receiver back that led the entire NFL in receiving three seasons ago at age 22. If Gordon can re-establish himself as one of the game’s top playmakers the Browns will have a seriously young and talented nucleus of playmakers surrounding Griffin.
The key for Gordon tonight is to get comfortable in the Browns offensive terminology and get accustom to lining up and going full go in live game situations. If Gordon can continue to progress weekly and shake the rust off the Browns will be very pleased with the results.
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