Many expect Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to have a big year in just his second NFL season, but he hasn’t gotten off to a great start during training camp thus far. Gordon was held out of team drills Monday with patellar tendinitis.While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, every rep Gordon is able to get in just his second NFL training camp is critical, as the second-year receiver will miss the first two games and be banned from the facility from September 2-16 for his positive codeine test this offseason.
To make matters worse, Gordon has drawn the ire of his coaches as he’s reportedly continued to practice lazily at Browns camp. Gordon has been scolded by coaches repeatedly for not finishing plays and failing to run after the catch, and he’s often the last receiver into position drills.
Hearing all of this makes it unsurprising to hear Gordon isn’t bothering to put in the extra work after practice, as he’s never worked with Brandon Weeden and Greg Little after practice. With NFL practices being as limited as they are now, you don’t see good chemistry among receivers and quarterbacks that don’t go that extra mile during and after practice.
This obviously doesn’t bold well for Gordon’s 2013 season, considering he’s already going to miss the first two games. Hopefully, new Browns Head Coach rob Chudzinski finds a way to light a fire under Gordon before he falls out of favor with the new coaching staff.