December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (13) on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North: Injury, Suspension, now Josh Gordon's Work Ethic Questioned



Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was held out of team drills Monday with patellar tendinitis.While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, every rep Gordon is able to get in just his second NFL training camp is critical, as the second-year receiver will miss the first two games and be banned from the facility from Sept. 2-16 for his positive codeine test this offseason.

Now, Gordon  has reportedly continued to “practice lackadaisically” at Browns camp. Beat writer Will Burge reports that on Monday, Gordon was scolded by coaches for “not finishing plays” and failing to run after the catch, and that he is “frequently the last receiver into position drills” and has never worked with Brandon Weeden and Greg Little after practice. With NFL practices being as limited as they are now, you don’t see good chemistry among receivers and quarterbacks that don’t go that extra mile during and after practice.

This obviously doesn’t bold well for Gordon’s 2013 season, considering he’s already going to miss the first two games.


Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden is set to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. While many look at his career achievements as the reason he’s entering the HOF, Jamison Hensley wrote an in-depth article about how Ogden will be remembered for changing the way left tackles are valued in the NFL:


Ogden defined the “Blind Side” and convinced NFL decision-makers that left tackle was the second-most important position on offense behind quarterback. He was the one who got left tackles drafted high in the first round and paid millions of dollars. The Ogden Effect extends from Orlando Pace in 1997 to two left tackles (Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel) taken atop the 2013 draft.



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