What happens with Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman?
Josh Gordon sent shock waves through the Browns fan base with his news that he will be missing the beginning of training camp focus on his “overall health and treatment plan.”
After the initial scare that a suspension or failed drug test was coming down the wire was shot down, it led to questions of when Gordon will return to the Browns. He was placed on the non-football illness list, and there is no timetable for his return.
The biggest concern now is if Gordon will miss the entire camp or not. He has been working out with Taylor and Baker Mayfield throughout the off-season to build their chemistry. But if Gordon misses most of the camp, how much of that chemistry will be thrown off?
And Gordon’s situation will play into Coleman’s situation. With Gordon on the depth chart, Coleman will be battling for the third wide receiver spot. But if Gordon does not return as soon as he hoped, Coleman may be pushed into a starting role. He has shown glimpses that he can make plays in the NFL, but there has been no consistency in his play.
New offensive coordinator Todd Haley may have plans to get the best out of Coleman. At his size, maybe Coleman would be better suited in the slot instead of playing primarily on the outside.
But if Antonio Callaway outperforms him, do the Browns revisit trying to find a trade for Coleman? Entering a make-or-break season, Cleveland may try to find some sort of value for him on the trade market instead of keeping him on the team in a minimal role if he’s beat out by Callaway.