The Return of Josh "Flash" Gordon
"Action" Jackson here with some good news out of the NFL: on Monday, July 25th, the NFL reinstated Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon following his multiple suspensions for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Gordon has been suspended for the first 4 games of the season, but he will be allowed to participate training camps during the summer and in team activities during the first four weeks of the season.
After a decent college career at Baylor and transferring to Utah due to drug-related suspension, Gordon was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 Supplemental Draft. He quickly developed into one of the NFL's best receivers, leading the league in receiving yards during a historic 2013 season despite playing in only 14 games. Gordon was suspended for the 2014 and 2015 seasons for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy due to marijuana and excessive alcohol usage.
Although many are happy to see Gordon finally back in the league, there are others who feel that the odds are stacked against him. His marijuana usage was why he had to change colleges and why he was suspended from the NFL, and he is on thin ice with the league's discipline office. Another obstacle is one that is outside of Gordon's control: Cleveland drafted four receivers in the 2016 NFL draft, including first round pick Corey Coleman, and Gordon has not played professional football in over two years. He will have to make the final 53 man roster before he can prove himself in his first game of eligibility, Cleveland's week 5 match-up against the New England Patriots.
I feel that Gordon is supremely talented, and he has not only the support of his old Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and new head coach Hue Jackson, but Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown has spoken on Gordon's behalf and supports his return to the NFL and Cleveland. In the past, Brown had been notoriously stingy on whom he will support; if he likes you, you must be deserving of that respect. Here's hoping that Josh Gordon can stay on Commissioner Roger Goodell's good side and keep doing what he does best.
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