A look at Gordon's potential
September, 16, 2013
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
All of the talk surrounding the Cleveland Browns as we head into Week 3 is about Brandon Weeden's struggles (and his sprained thumb) and the early break out of Jordan Cameron. Both of those are important to the Browns and fantasy teams, but there should be more talk about the return of Josh Gordon this week after serving his two-game suspension. This may be his last chance to make it as a pro, because his next failed drug test will result in a year-long suspension. The hope is that with his back up against the proverbial wall, Gordon will toe the line and stay focused going forward.
If he can find the same kind of focus we have seen from Dez Bryant -- who had plenty of off-field issues before pulling it all together last season -- the Browns will have a lethal weapon in their arsenal. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound 22-year-old Gordon ran a 4.52 40 at his pro day prior to being selected by the Browns in the 2012 supplemental draft. That's a great combination of size and speed, and he showed flashes as a rookie last year of high-end statistical upside.