Will Josh Gordon Ever Get It?

Wide receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns will more than likely be suspended by the NFL for the entire 2015 season after yet another failed drug test. Gordon has been suspended for parts of the last two seasons due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. gordon 1

Despite missing the first two games in 2013 from suspension, Gordon led the NFL in yards receiving and was named First-Team All-Pro. Before this season, the league suspended Gordon the entire year for once again violating its substance abuse policy. That suspension was reduced to 10 games.

Gordon had a season full of drops, missed some team meetings, and was suspended the last game of the season for violating team rules. In five games, he recorded 24 catches and zero touchdowns.

Those stats are absolutely appalling for a player who expected to dominate the league as he had the previous season. When Gordon is on his game, he has the ability to be as dangerous as any receiver in the game. gordon2

Gordon was not active for many games in the first half of his rookie year, but still showed flashes of a game changer by hauling in 50 catches for over 800 yards and five touchdowns. Imagine if he ever played a full 16 game regular season

In his limited time on the field, Gordon has recorded four NFL records and an additional two Browns’ franchise records. He turns 24 in April and will most likely be 25 when he plays his next NFL game.

Will the Browns be that team? If not, who will give him a chance?

Possibly, Bill Belichick would take a chance on Gordon with a very low risk, incentive-laden contact. Coach Belichick always seems to know how to get the most out of players who come with a lot of baggage. What might Gordon’s stats look like catching passes from Tom Brady instead of such guys as Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, and Johnny Manziel? gordon3

Whatever Gordon’s future may be in the NFL, he needs to spend his time away from the game realizing how fortunate he is to have the God-given talent to perform at an elite level. Gordon must appreciate what an honor it is to be a part of the NFL and that most NFL careers average less than five years.

One bad hit or continued poor choices can end Gordon’s career abruptly. Let’s hope his suspension renews his passion for the game or he will be remembered as another “flash in the pan” whose career never reached its full potential.

And that’s as I see it!

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