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The Final Strike for Josh Gordon?



We all know in the game of baseball, there are balls and strikes.  When you get to strike 3, you are out.  Josh Gordon, a talented yet troubled Wide Receiver for the Cleveland Browns, is at a 3-2 count in baseball terms.  Here’s how I see it:

Strike 1:  Suspended for the first 2 games of the 2013 Season due to violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Ball 1:  Comes back from his suspension and finished the 2013 season as the NFL’s leader in receiving yards, with 1,646 yards and was named First-Team All-Pro.

Strike 2:  Suspended for the the entire 2014 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Ball 2:   2014 year long suspension is reduced to 10 games amidst the new NFL drug policy.

Foul Tip Strike 2:  Suspended from the final game of the 2014 season due to a violation of team rules.

Foul Ball Strike 2:  Suspended for the entire 2015 season due to testing positive for alcohol use.

Ball 3:  Went clean the entire 2015 season and applied for reinstatement to return in the 2016 season.

As a fan of the Clevleand Browns, I am surprised that we still have Josh Gordon on the team due to all the suspensions.  As an owner of any organization, whether it is the NFL, MLB, or NBA, I would not have this sort of distraction.  It should be “three strikes and you are out” for Mr. Gordon, but he has been given far too many strikes.

Although surprised to see him still with the team, it is refreshing to know that Gordon has been clean ever since the suspension was announced by the Browns.  Maybe the Browns see something in this player. Maybe they still see the talent that he has and know that he can and will still perform well when he returns.  When Gordon is on the field, the defense better watch out.  This guy has numbers compared to Calvin Johnson.  In the 3 seasons he has played, he averages 17.1 yards per catch.  When he catches the football, it is “Desean Jackson like” with the deep ball.  In his 2013 Pro Bowl season, Gordon had 87 catches for 1,646 yards and 9 TD’s.  His longest catch was 95 yards, which was for a TD.

This guy can definitely play in the NFL when he is clean and sober.  The only person that can stop him from playing in the NFL is himself. Josh Gordon cannot afford another suspension or else he is gone and probably out of the NFL for good.  I really like this guy when he is on the field, but he needs to wake up.  Gordon is looking at a “full-count” and he cannot afford another strike.  This is the final strike for Josh “Flash” Gordon.

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