Josh Gordon’s name is finally back in the news again for football reasons.
The oft-suspended but talented receiver made his 2016 preseason debut against the Buccaneers Friday night in Tampa. He made magic with Browns QB Robert Griffin III early in the game.
Gordon abused Buccaneers Cornerback Brent Grimes to get open and RG3 rewarded him with a well placed throw that resulted in a 44-yard gain on the first drive of the game. That drive ended with a 35-yard field goal by Browns Kicker Patrick Murray.
The magic continued later in the game as the Browns trailed 27-3 with 2 minutes left in the second quarter. Gordon and Griffin connected for a 43-yard touchdown pass that saw the receiver hurdle a Tampa defender to nab the score.
Gordon is facing a 4-game suspension for his latest failed drug test. He’s also been held back this preseason by a hamstring issue. He hasn’t played in a regular season game since the 2014 season and has missed 29 games in his career due to suspension.
When he is right, Gordon is a true number one receiver in the NFL. He led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 and was elected to the Pro Bowl.
He is still just 25 years old.