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Josh Gordon | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: Baylor
Drafted: 2012 / Supplemental (Rd. 2) / CLE
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Browns coach Hue Jackson said Josh Gordon is "starting with a clean slate."
"We certainly welcome him back. Will support him," Browns EVP Sashi Brown added. "For us it's about Josh wanting to make a change. We'll find out very quickly if he's serious." It sounds like Gordon will be given every opportunity to prove himself to the new coaching staff. As long as he keeps out of trouble, he should be on the field when first eligible Week 5. Jul 28 - 12:17 PM

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Browns placed WR Josh Gordon (quad) on the active/NFI list.

Gordon got hurt working out on his own this summer, and will miss a "couple of weeks." It's obviously the last thing Gordon needed after being suspended 27 of the past 32 games. Gordon figures to be on a strict snap count when he returns from his latest ban in Week 5, and should be worked in slowly. Gordon can't be drafted as more than a WR3 who could pay off as something more in the second half of the season.
Jul 26 - 4:46 PM

Drew Rosenhaus believes Browns coach Hue Jackson is "very committed" to working with Josh Gordon.

"I do believe the Browns are a big part of Josh getting reinstated," Rosenhaus said on PFT Live. "I really do think that the Browns are committed to Josh and want to see him succeed." The Browns released a statement on Monday confirming Gordon will get another chance, and it appears they are privately giving off the impression they are willing to work with him as well. Gordon is expected to report to camp a couple days early this week.
Jul 26 - 11:04 AM

Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown indicated in a Monday statement that suspended WR Josh Gordon will be given another chance in Cleveland.

"With the league's decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp,'' Brown said. "At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and a plan to support him on and off the field." Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported earlier this afternoon that Gordon remains on "thin ice" with the organization, but Brown's words suggest the formerly-troubled 25-year-old will stick with the team through training camp.
Jul 25 - 6:40 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports suspended WR Josh Gordon remains "on thin ice" with the Browns' coaching staff despite Monday's conditional reinstatement scheduled for Week 5.

Coach Hue Jackson has said Gordon will be given "no latitude" as he attempts to show that he's all-in on resuming his career, while Cole notes that other members of the organization have grown "weary" of Gordon's past decision making. The new Browns regime did invest five draft picks into pass catchers -- including four wide receivers -- and will presumably want to give them a long look. Gordon has more ability than all five, of course. He also resurfaced in a video with Johnny Manziel on TMZ earlier Monday. Gordon and Manziel were hanging out with puppies and playing video games.
Jul 25 - 4:41 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon will be reinstated after serving a four-game suspension to begin the season.

It's somewhat shocking news. Gordon's career appeared to be on the brink at times this offseason, but he's kept his head down since an unfortunate spring. Gordon's reinstatement is conditional, but he will be allowed to participate in training camp. That's a perk few banned players get. It means Gordon should be in near peak shape when he returns in Week 5. It's important to remember that Gordon has played in just five NFL games over the past two years, but he's still only 25 years old. He's a mid-round pick who will be an immediate WR3 upon his return, and perhaps a WR1 by the time it's all said and done.
Jul 25 - 2:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports suspended WR Josh Gordon can be reinstated after August 1.

Gordon met with Roger Goodell in New York on Monday. The meeting was initiated by Goodell, potentially a sign that Goodell is at least considering reinstating Gordon before Week 1. Gordon can formally submit for reinstatement on August 1. Gordon's initial reinstatement application was denied on April 12, and "he was told to come back and try again on August 1." Gordon hasn't played in an NFL football game since December of the 2014 season.
Jul 22 - 7:22 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports commissioner Roger Goodell would not have met with suspended WR Josh Gordon unless he was "taking the necessary steps to get back into the NFL."

The meeting was just a preliminary step, but one that wouldn't have happened unless Gordon appeared to be on the straight and narrow. The next step will be Gordon formally applying for reinstatement on August 1. Even if Gordon is allowed to play in 2016, he could still be slapped with a shorter ban. It's also not a guarantee the Browns will take him back, but reporter Mary Kay Cabot believes they will.
Jul 21 - 5:49 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports suspended WR Josh Gordon met with Roger Goodell on Wednesday "regarding his return to football."

Gordon is eligible to apply for reinstatement on August 1. While it is difficult to see this development as anything but a good sign, Rapoport cautioned this type of meeting is "a normal step in the process." Gordon did himself few favors by hanging out with Johnny Manziel for a good portion of the offseason, but it looks like he at least has a shot to play this season. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot believes the Browns would welcome Gordon back if he gains reinstatement.
Jul 21 - 1:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns could welcome suspended WR Josh Gordon back if he's reinstated when first eligible in August.

ESPN's Pat McManamon guessed in May that the team would move on from the troubled wideout, but beat writer May Kay Cabot believes new coach Hue Jackson will be "surprised" by Gordon. Cabot expects Jackson to "look (Gordon) in the eyes and try to determine if he's as committed as he needs to be." For all the headaches he's caused, it's hard to believe the Browns would move on from a player as talented as Gordon. Unlike Johnny Manziel, he's an actual star, and his transgressions have been less serious.
Jul 19 - 7:02 PM

Browns consultant Jim Brown has been in communication with suspended WR Josh Gordon and believes Gordon is "ready to take responsibility for himself."

"I've talked with Josh twice on the phone, and the last time I talked with him he sounded very motivated and I think he was in rehab and feeling good about it and discovering some things about himself," said Brown. "He really seemed ready to take responsibility for himself." Brown did admit he doesn't know much about Gordon's rehab plan. Gordon is eligible to apply for reinstatement on August 1.
Jun 2 - 2:48 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon believes the club's draft moves seem to "indicate the team is moving on" from suspended WR Josh Gordon.

The Sashi Brown-Paul DePodesta-Hue Jackson regime has preached character since taking over, and owner Dee Haslam said in a radio interview this week that the Browns made it a point to focus on high-character players in the draft. Cleveland selected four wide receivers, including first-rounder Corey Coleman. Gordon recently had his reinstatement delayed because of questionable drug-test results. McManamon thinks it's "tough to see" the Browns bringing Gordon back, which would mean they'd either waive or try to trade him.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 9:24 AM

The owner of a trashed multi-million-dollar Hollywood home rented by free agent Johnny Manziel last week claims a person identifying himself as suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon was in the house with Manziel.

The L.A. house was notoriously damaged and strewn with alcohol and drugs, to the extent Manziel has been billed $32,000. Landlord Nicholas Goodwin says he never saw Manziel or Gordon drinking or doing drugs, but did see "what appeared to be cocaine on a table and other substances that appeared to be mushrooms and marijuana when the two were in the home." Gordon is also believed to have picked up Manziel following a late-night/early-morning hit-and-run incident in L.A. last Saturday night. Agent Drew Rosenhaus recently stated he is confident Gordon will be reinstated from suspension and play the 2016 season.
Apr 15 - 9:52 PM

In a radio interview, Browns EVP of football operations Sashi Brown said the team is "not counting" on Josh Gordon coming back.

"Organizationally, we’re focused on the 65 or so players on our roster right now," Brown said. "Once Josh was suspended, we organizationally set our mind frame to not counting on him coming back, and I think that’s the only healthy way to operate and the way we continue to look at it." Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Wednesday he expects Gordon to play at some point in 2016, but the Browns are wise to view any future contributions as a bonus. After having his initial application denied, Gordon can apply for reinstatement again on August 1.
Apr 14 - 12:31 PM

Agent Drew Rosenhaus stated on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday that he "believes" suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon will play football in 2016.

Rosenhaus always does a good job of staying in the news. Contacted by Sirius to discuss his firing of Johnny Manziel, Rosenhaus also addressed Gordon's situation. Rosenhaus referred to Gordon's recent positive test for marijuana and dilute as a "hiccup" and "temporary setback," adding he believes Gordon "will be back in 2016." It's a sliver of hopeful news amid a storm of increasing pessimism.
Apr 13 - 9:29 PM