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While the Cleveland Browns commence their football season with two former read-option phenoms, one at quarterback (Robert Griffin III) and the other at wide receiver (Terrelle Pryor), many might be getting their hopes up over the imminent return of recently suspended wide receiver, Josh Gordon.
Why not? He is a 6’4” specimen that was the 2013 NFL receiving yardage leader (1646) in fourteen games and, supposedly, has a long career ahead of him at twenty-five years of age.
But after Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland told ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio on NBC Sports Radio that Gordon appeared “noticeably out of shape” at a recent Browns practice, it is better to hold the breaks on any enthusiasm over the controversial receiver’s comeback.
In addition, Grossi also mentioned how former Baylor head coach Art Briles told the ex-Bear to lose some weight and presumably concluded that he “seems very far away from his Pro Bowl year [in 2013].”
Being associated with these listed characteristics should be no surprise as much of this has been evident over the past two calendar years. In 2015, I had written about how Gordon reportedly “showed up out-of-shape” and thus messed up what could have been the career season of quarterback Brian Hoyer’s in 2014.
Even if it was Hoyer, he still caught a disappointing seventeen of thirty-six passes for 210 yards and no touchdowns in their three games together and seven out of eleven passes for 93 yards in two with the quarterback that many of you wanted playing all along, Johnny Manziel. Subsequently, former Browns safety and teammate, Donte Whitner, revealed in March how the receiver ballooned to 255 pounds while under suspension.
It seems as if suspensions create the worst environment for Gordon as his young adult mistakes seem to get the best of him. Much of this is understandable as age 25 has become the new time of immaturity, and, like the significant others that left us, the withdrawals of football’s essences turned his life upside down.
So do not be surprised if Pryor takes over the second receiver spot while Gordon could play the same role that Dwayne Bowe played last year, none. As a receiver that must depend on speed, he cannot have excess weight, and with his current quadriceps injury, getting in shape will have to wait. Sadly, that could mean the end of Gordon’s career. After all, if he gets no playing time while already being an off-field risk, there is no need to pick him up when his dedication is unseen and younger players can replace him at any time.
Thursday Night Football Preview
For several decades, the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns have been the laughing stock of the National Football League.
Down in New York, the Jets have struggled to find their new starting quarterback. They’ve tried quarterbacks like Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and Chad Pennington to become the next Joe Namath. But, all they had was heartbreak. Now, entering week three in 2018, they are 1-1 with Sam Darnold at the helm. Can they go 2-1?
Over in Cleveland, Ohio, all Cleveland rooted for were Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians. Since they returned in 1999, they’ve been through more quarterbacks then when someone changes socks. But, with a veteran quarterback leading the way and one waiting in the background, Cleveland is looking to be the top dawgz!
After almost winning in week 1 and losing by 3 in week 2, I feel like Cleveland Browns will finally win a game.
Josh Gordon Released by Browns
In 2012, in the second round of the Supplemental Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Josh Gordon, wide receiver out of Baylor University.
When the Cleveland Browns drafted Josh Gordon in 2012, the knew he was a talented wide receiver. Since coming into the league, he has totaled over 3,000 yards. However, the problem for Josh is staying on the field and away from trouble.
Gordon’s troubles in the NFL began in 2014 when he was first was suspended a DWI in North Carolina. He returned from a year-long suspension this season and the Browns even activated him on to the 53-man roster. on September 15, 2018, the Cleveland Browns released Josh Gordon
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network appeared on “Good Morning Football: Weekend” to give a reason why he was released. In short, it was because they just couldn’t trust him.
The Cleveland Browns go to New Orleans to face the Saints this afternoon. Stay tuned with Sports Rants with the latest NFL news.
Browns’ Mychal Kendricks Charged with Insider Trading
Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with insider trading, with an official announcement from U.S. Attorney William McSwain coming on Tuesday detailing the charges.
Kendricks released a statement shortly after the announcement saying he accepts “full responsibility for my actions” and that he “knew it was wrong.”
“I would like to apologize,” Kendricks said in a statement released by his attorneys.
“Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it. I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired. His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence.
“To this point, I had worked my tail off since I was 5 years old to become a football player. I was drawn in by the allure of being more than just a football player. While I didn’t fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions.”
McSwain said both Kendricks and Damilare Sonoiki, a television writer who has been charged with assisting Kendricks, face “substantial prison time” if convicted.
“I sincerely apologize to my coaches, the owners, and my teammates on the Eagles and the Browns, the NFL, and the magnificent fans to whom I owe my career,” Kendricks said in the statement. “I also apologize to my family, who I have failed in this. You all deserve better, and I will work my hardest to re-earn your trust and respect, serve as an advocate to educate others, and show you that I will never be involved in anything like this again.”
Kendricks allegedly made a profit of nearly $1.2 million via four separate investments tied to insider trading around four years ago.
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