Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis. Gordon will be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list and be permitted to practice with the team beginning on Monday, November 20. He may join the Browns to attend meetings, engage in conditioning work and individual workouts. Starting Monday, November 27, Gordon will be eligible at the team’s discretion to return to active status or to remain on the Commissioner’s Exempt list for an additional week before returning to active status.
With that being said, what should we expect from Josh Gordon?
Well, you would have to assume that he’d put in his best effort to convince not only the Browns, but the league he is ready to continue his professional career. This is Josh’s last chance to remain in the NFL. He’s desperate for money; he’s going to say and do the right things as he starts to gain trust back from the players and coaches.
It’s intriguing to see a specimen like this; 6’4, 225 lbs, and a 4.3 40-yard dash. Don’t forget, Gordon is only 26 and now entering his prime. He has a struggling rookie quarterback to go to work with, but this shouldn’t be a surprise for him. Josh has played with the following: Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell, and Johnny Manziel. This is nothing new for him.
Going back to 2015, Josh Gordon stated this during an interview with Nate Burleson when he was reinstated for the second time:
“It (getting in trouble) was due to the Josh Gordon on the field from last year (2014). Most of that trouble stemmed off of that crazy hysteria that was happening after the season. So much free time, so much publicity, so many people coming at you, and being reckless.”
Once again, Gordon is entering a rather terrible season and dysfunctional organization. He should distance himself from the likes of Kenny Britt, who has been known for being a “cancer” in locker rooms. Exiting rehab and returning to a 0-8 team isn’t ideal. I hope that the end of this season will be a different story than 2015. We can only hope that he sticks to the plan and continues to get straight.
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