Cleveland Browns: Rising star, breakout player, rebound player, and more

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CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 10: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns makes catch in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Comeback player: Josh Gordon, Wide Receiver

There’s really only one player who should even be in the market to win the award for the Cleveland Browns comeback player and that’s their big wide receiver, Josh Gordon.

After missing nearly three calendar years due to suspensions, he made his return late last year and played the final five games. He had mixed results in those games but just seeing him play was uplifting.

Heading into the offseason hopes were high that Gordon was going to take off and be the same player he was back in 2013 when he led the NFL in receiving yards. With more help around him and a new quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, those expectations only grew.

Then just before camp, there was an announcement from Gordon that he wouldn’t be joining the team as he went to continue his treatment. There’s no timetable for when Gordon will return, but the league reportedly isn’t suspending him, which means this news is likely a preventative measure for him.

If so, he’s likely to be on the field at some point this year. As long as he plays the majority of the season, Gordon will run away with this honor for Cleveland.