Receiving a second and third chance in any relationship rarely happens, a fourth chance is unheard of. Cleveland star receiver Josh Gordon should count his blessings for getting a fourth chance from the NFL when they reinstated him after being suspended indefinitely last season. Gordon’s return to the regular season will be delayed as he’s suspended for the first four.
While four games might be a slap on the wrist for a repeat offender, Commissioner Roger Goodell did one thing right with the suspension. He is allowing Gordon to participate in training camp and preseason games until the start of his suspension. A great move by Goodell, which isn’t always in the same sentence, but allowing Gordon on the field will keep him busy from reverting back to old habits.
Keeping Gordon out of trouble helps the Browns troubled receiving core on the current roster. Aside from 2016 first round pick wide receiver Corey Coleman, who has yet to prove his worth on the field, there are few receivers for new quarterback Robert Griffin III to throw to confidently outside of last year’s surprise in Gary Barnidge.
Gordon is a top five receiver when he has seen the field, regardless who has been throwing him the ball. A supplemental second round pick in 2012, the troubled receiver tallied 1,600 yard receiving season in 2013, including the most receiving yards in a four-game span in NFL history.
RG3 will be reunited with his former college receiver at Baylor University, but building continuity will be huge for the quarterback looking to redeem himself on his new team. Gordon gives Griffin number one target with both size and speed, Robert had the speed in Washington courtesy of DeSean Jackson and some size in Pierre Garcon, but not a blend quite like the specimen that is Josh Gordon. Newly hired head coach Hue Jackson will most likely utilize Gordon in a similar role if not the role that AJ Green excelled in during his time as an offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Repeating mistakes is a negative character trait that NFL teams will not tolerate, regardless of his ability. The NFL allowing him a fifth chance is out of the question. Playing in this league is a privilege, not a right.
Is leisure time for Gordon more important than playing time?