What Can Josh Gordon Do For The Browns Three Years Later?

As if things weren’t strange enough in Cleveland, a ghost from its recent past returns to meetings and conditioning work this week. Josh Gordon, a 2013 Pro Bowl receiver who led the league in yards despite missing two games that year due to suspension, has not taken an NFL snap since Dec. 21, 2014.

Not much has changed in Cleveland since Gordon’s lengthy suspension and reinstatement process. The Browns (0-8) couldn’t manage to stumble out of the trade deadline without a Letterman-worthy gaffe. Their head coach seems fed up. Their quarterback, DeShone Kizer, looks like he is hanging on to sanity by a fingernail.​

Can Gordon help in any way? And what can we reasonably expect from someone who has not taken an NFL snap in almost three years?

If Gordon returns and plays in the first game he’s eligible, that will mark 1,078 days (25,872 hours, 154 weeks) since his last NFL action. That kind of gap between starts is long, but not unprecedented. Imagine being Todd Collins, the former Washington quarterback who waited a full decade between starts.

After a 20-14 loss to the Jaguars back on Dec. 14, 1997, it took Collins, then with the Bills, until Dec. 16, 2007 before he jogged off the sidelines with the first string. His stat line for the afternoon was 8-of-25 (32 percent completion rate) for 166

Article source: https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/11/01/josh-gordon-cleveland-browns-reinstated-suspension-mmqb-newsletter

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