BEREA, Ohio– The Cleveland Browns returned to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon as the team awaits clarity from the NFL on Josh Gordon‘s playing status for the season; the wide receiver was at practice and participating fully with the first team.
Gordon reportedly faces a season-long suspension from the league for a failed drug test. Browns head coach Mike Pettine was asked about Gordon’s latest brush with the law, a speeding ticket last week in Strongsville in which one of his passengers was cited for being in possession of marijuana. Pettine said the latest incident is a team issue and they will not comment.
“He comes out and works hard in practice, puts in a day’s work, solid in the classroom. When he is in the building he has been solid,” Pettine said.
“He’s not your traditional receiver,” said teammate, Nate Burleson. “These guys were hit with that special stick and God blessed them with attributes that you can only create in video games; so for him to miss any time, it’s a loss for everybody.”
Also back at practice Tuesday was quarterback Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer. Watching practice you can tell it was not Manziel’s day. The rookie threw 3 interceptions, but it’s only June; it’s only organized team activities (OTAs) and he and Hoyer are still trying to learn a new offense.
In fact, Hoyer joked he is learning his sixth offense in 2 years. Hoyer continues to be the number one quarterback on the depth chart and says he feels really good physically since getting his knee surgically repaired during last season.
Hoyer is still participating in 11-on-11s on a limited basis and keeps begging for more reps since he is learning a new offense.
The former St. Ignatius quarterback says he is constantly thinking about winning the starting job, he knows what’s at stake and feels like this is his team.
If Hoyer seems at ease with parts of the new offense, there’s a good reason for that.
“The NFL is a copycat league so some of the plays I’m running with Kyle when I was in New England, we stole from Kyle just to put in our offense; so there are a lot of things that have carryover and there are certain things that Kyle runs that I have never run before,” said Hoyer.
The Browns will wrap up OTAs this week and will have mandatory mini-camp next week. The team will then break until training camp in late July.