Spending much of his career teetering a delicate balance of lethargy and effortless excellence, Josh Gordon’s act has worn thin. Following the Cleveland Browns disappointing outing in their second preseason game, head coach Mike Pettine called out the Pro Bowl receiver for a lack of effort that led to multiple dropped passes.
There were a couple plays where I think — we just came out of the personnel meeting and talked about it — that we would have definitely wanted better effort,” Pettine said of Gordon. “We would want regular season effort to match preseason effort. I think that’s important for all of our guys.”
Gordon, who is awaiting word from the league on a potential suspension for violating its substance policy, played well into the fourth quarter on Monday, a rarity for first-team players. He is coming off of a season where he led the league in receiving yardage (1,646) on just 87 receptions in 14 games. He could be suspended indefinitely, but the team is hoping for a reduced ban due the claims of second-hand smoke.