When the boss says it, he better be paying attention.
Browns CEO Joe Banner spelled it out for the talented second-year receiver, saying that Gordon is aware he’s running out of chances after he was suspended two games for a positive test for codeine, after coming into the league on the heels of failed marijuana tests in college.
“He spent a fair amount of time talking to (head coach Rob Chudzinski) and he’s got to do some work and he understands he’s going to be held accountable and he gets (that) the rope that’s left isn’t long,” Banner said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “In working with the coaches, they need to see that commitment, that work ethic. Obviously, off the field he needs to make good choices.”
Gordon’s able to participate in training camp and the preseason, but will be away the first two weeks of the regular season.
When he comes back, he’s going to have a chance to prove himself, because he has the kind of stretch-the-field talent the Browns lack. But they’re also lacking patience with him, and he needs to understand that.