Browns No. 1 receiver Josh Gordon set to return from suspension
Much of the Browns' offensive struggles can be attributed to the growing pains of second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden, as well the fact that the team has faced two very strong front sevens (Dolphins and Ravens) who have bottled up the running game through the first two weeks. However, the receiving core is far from desirable. Only one player (tight end Jordan Cameron) has topped 85 yards receiving through two games, and the team has seriously lacked a perimeter receiving presence.
That should change this week, as ultra-talented youngster Josh Gordon is set to return from suspension.
Gordon was slapped with a two-game ban over the offseason for violating the NFL's drug policy - his issues with marijuana have been well documented since his college days. He seemed humble when speaking of his return to the field, however, and acknowledged that he is well aware of an impending year-long suspension if he violates the drug policy again.
He'll return to the Browns as the team's No. 1 receiver and fill a big hole on the perimeter. Leading receiver Jordan Cameron is a seam stretching tight end who works the middle of the field, while second leading receiver Davone Bess is a short yardage possession receiver who works out of the slot. Greg Little had been manning the outside receiver role, but has proven time and time again that he can not catch footballs.
Gordon will immediately be an oft-targeted big play threat for the Browns, and he should make life quite a bit easier for some of his teammates on offense. Cameron won't draw as much attention from opposing secondaries, while running back Trent Richardson won't have to run against stacked boxes as frequently. It's a huge addition to a struggling offensive attack.
A 2012 second-round supplemental draft pick, Gordon led the Browns in receiving as a rookie last year, racking up 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns while making plenty of big plays along the way. He's a solid WR3 in fantasy leagues with WR2 upside depending on how effective the Browns' offense can be.