Joe Haden: Josh Gordon “looks the exact same”

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon had a long layoff thanks to the suspension that kept him from playing all of last season and from participating in the team’s offseason work this year.

Gordon got reinstated in time for camp, although a quad injury kept him from practicing with the team until last week. Now that Gordon is back in the mix, he’s getting time with the first team so that coach Hue Jackson can “see what he is capable of doing” before Gordon goes back on the suspended list for four more games to start the regular season.

One of the players who faced off against Gordon in practice before his suspension and continues to do so now is cornerback Joe Haden. He’d tell Jackson that Gordon is capable of doing quite a bit.

“He still looks the exact same and it’s just crazy,” Haden said, via Cleveland.com. “He looks a little bigger. I don’t know how that happened, but he’s still out there running around, looking the same, running his routes, floating. It still looks effortless.”

Barring any hiccups in the next few days, Gordon should play his first game since late in 2014 when the Browns face the Buccaneers on Friday.