I would hope not, but I’m realistic to know that it does [impact play]. He’s a young guy. He’s not very experienced. He wasn’t the go-to guy as a young player, so this is all a new thing for him. I think when you add those things to it, it can affect him. Obviously, we’re doing our best to focus and let him understand that he’s our guy, and we want him to be as good as he can get.
— Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner on Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. On the season, Gordon has 27 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns, but is coming off of his worst game of the year large in part to the abysmal play of quarterback Brandon Weeden. With the NFL trade deadline less than one week away, it can be reasonably estimated that rumors will continue to swirl and media folks will continue to ask the player how he feels at every given opportunity. ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently reported that multiple teams have called Berea to inquire about Gordon’s availibility. Browns CEO Joe Banner has stated that the team has no intentions of trading their best play-maker, but has not closed the door on the possibility of a deal if the right opportunity presents itself. “From what I’ve seen, I think he wants to be here,” said teammate Willis McGahee. “I’m hoping he wants to be here. When you hear you’re about to get traded, your spirits change a little bit. But the only thing I can tell him is that it’s a business and anybody is expendable. Just go out and do your job. Do what you do. Don’t let people see you all bent out of shape and things like that.”
(Source: Akron Beacon-Journal)