The Cleveland Browns and there fans were ecstatic when they got Josh Gordon back after his 10-game suspension.
The Browns were still in the hunt for the AFC North title and a possible playoff appearance following several good performances and an impressive running attack that teams struggled to stop.
With Gordon back surely their passing offense would improve too? Well, despite a decent start, the speedy wideout has admitted to struggling with the offense and being the cause of Brian Hoyer's interceptions last week.
Behind the Times
“I know in my mind I’m not where I want to be because I’d like for it to be just second nature and for me to not have to think about it,” Gordon said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"[Before] I’d hear half the play in the huddle and still know what to do. But it’s not like that right now so I have to compensate and study a little more than everybody else. I’m playing catch-up. I’ve got a long way to go to be where I want to be.”
Gordon’s 10-game suspension also left him learning the offense all over again, and that creates another layer of mental hurdles for him.
“The terminology’s changed even since training camp,” Gordon added. “It’s still the same concept, but just little tweaks to tight ends and protection makes the words change and sound like a totally different play to me, so I’m just trying to still realize it’s the same thing.”
He admitted to running the wrong routes which led to two Brian Hoyer interceptions last week, and despite having a decent game, it pretty much led to Hoyer's benching that saw Johnny Manziel make his first competitive appearance at quarterback in the NFL.
Gordon will need to get it together and get on the same page as his teammates if they are to get ahead of the Bengals who currently hold top spot in the division, one and a half games ahead of Cleveland.