5 things to watch in Browns-Bucs game

After he was suspended from the National Football League for a year, Josh Gordon didn’t know if he’d ever take the practice field for the Cleveland Browns again. After that trade fell through, multiple suspensions followed Gordon. “I haven’t heard too much about it. Cleveland is my team”.

He told the Akron Beacon Journal: “Listening [to trade offers] is probably a mischaracterization”. And here we are, with some much-needed background info, discussing the intriguing fantasy case of a once-dominant receiver who has struggled to stay in the league since entering it.

On Thursday, Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown said Josh Gordon has his asking price, just like any player in the NFL.

He’ll serve a four-game ban to start this season, and would be suspended indefinitely should he run afoul of the substance abuse policy again. The Eagles could certainly use an upgrade in their receiving corps, considering the group didn’t have a 1,000-yard receiver a season ago.

“Yeah, we see Josh as a great weapon for our offense, ” he said. “We need to see zone-read for down the road when we play teams like San Francisco and Seattle and Carolina”, he added. “I can’t wait to get back out there and play the game I love in front of the great fans of Cleveland”. The 25-year-old is incredibly talented, but off-the-field issues have plagued his career.

The Buccaneers and Browns took turns running two-minute drills in the penultimate period of Wednesday’s practice, with each team’s first and second-team offenses going against the other team’s corresponding defenses.

“I think that’s everybody’s goal as a corner, being a starter”, said Taylor, a Boise State graduate.

The main downside now, however, is the prevalence of people following the strategy, which means a rabid rush for the top wide receivers, leaving valuable running backs for the taking later than they should be available. By that point, we should see how Griffin and Pryor and the rest of the Browns are performing through four regular season games.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins acquired center Bryan Stork from the New England Patriots on Wednesday for an undisclosed draft pick. Here’s what’s amusing: he had 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with the Bucs, but add up his 2013 with the Bears and 2015 with the Browns and he has 25 touchdowns against only five interceptions.

“It’s important for him to be out there with those guys”, Jackson said.

In 2016, the Cleveland Browns are the comeback kids. In fact, Cleveland’s offense ranked ninth in third-down conversion percentage last season, at 41.85 percent and it would have been even better had that percentage not dipped to 37.21 in their final three games.

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