Josh Gordon says he's no loafer
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is already suspended to start the season for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.
Now, he's being described as a loafer who doesn't try hard on the practice field and is unwilling to stay after practice for extra throwing sessions with quarterback Brandon Weeden. Gordon took exception to the suggestion.
"Loafing, I mean certain people see different things when they look at me run or look at me move,'' Gordon told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It might look slow ‘cause I’m a little bit larger to play at my position. So it might be a little bit deceptive, hard to look at it. It looks like, compared to everybody else, a little bit shorter strides, shorter movements, but I go out here 100 percent every day I come out here.”
Gordon said he doesn't stay after practice because he's getting treatment for patellar tendinitis in his knee.
"The past few days I've just been going inside to the doctor, getting treatment and stuff like that, taking care of my body for my needs,'' he said. "I do other things as well, like looking at film, and then other times I might not be out here, but I'll be inside catching JUGS or doing different things, stretching and stuff like that.''
Gordon was adamant that he does what's expected of him.
"I believe I do,'' Gordon said. "It's definitely just trying to learn the offense (that) was a big deal, learning exactly where to go. The verbiage was totally different, a little bit more confusing, almost the opposite of (what it was) and a lot to grasp. But I’m pretty good at it now. You think a lot less, you move a lot faster, so that’s what I’m working on right now.
"They seem pretty happy. They make it known not just for me but for the team as well. We just want a sense of urgency out there for everybody to go out there and feel like we have something to play for and go as hard as we can, no matter what.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.