Browns unlikely to trade Josh Gordon. The Browns are “highly unlikely” to trade the troubled receiver between now and Tuesday’s deadline. Cleveland reportedly shopped him earlier this month, but the odds of a deal coming together are not looking good. It’s no huge surprise that teams are staying away from Gordon. Regarded as one of the best offensive talents in the game, the wide receiver has too many off-field demons to deal with at this time. Even if a team were to show interest in him, it would be hard to see the Browns getting much offered to them. Any team that would be willing to roll the dice on Gordon would be wise to wait until the Browns release him rather than give up draft compensation. In related news, Gordon has been released from rehab.
Jaguars make a coaching change. Over the weekend, the Jags canned offensive coordinator Greg Olsen. After the Jaguars were smashed by the Titans on Thursday night, owner Shad Khan apparently decided that he has seen enough. The Jaguars currently rank 31st in the NFL with only 72.6 rushing yards per game, and place 29th in Football Outsiders’ rushing DVOA. The passing game hasn’t been especially effective either, ranking 28th in DVOA as Blake Bortles has underwhelmed, to say the least.
Broncos place C.J. Anderson on IR. The Broncos got some bad news this week when running back C.J. Anderson was diagnosed with a torn meniscus. Now, Anderson has been placed on IR and the team can only hope to get him back in time for the postseason. With Anderson down, Devontae Booker will take over as the Broncos’ go-to rusher. The Broncos are high on the rookie, but he is obviously not as proven as Anderson.
Trouble for Teddy? Medical officials are worried about Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the long-term. The Louisville product suffered a gruesome leg injury in the offseason and it’s not immediately clear if he’ll be able to take the field in 2017. Some officials that are familiar with Bridgewater’s injury aren’t sure that he’ll ever be able to play again. After he suffered a torn ACL and dislocated his knee, Bridgewater has a long, painful road of rehab ahead of him. On the plus side, Vikings officials are pleased with what they’ve seen from his early stages of rehab.
Kicked out of New York. The Giants gave Josh Brown the boot as public pressure mounted against the player and the team. The team had already decided that Brown would never play for them again, but they wanted to further distance themselves from Brown in the wake of this year’s controversy. As it stands, Brown remains on the commissioner’s exempt list and he’ll probably be hit with a lengthy suspension once that stint is over. No matter what, he’ll probably never kick in the NFL again.
Joe on the go? Will the Browns trade Joe Thomas between now and Tuesday’s trade deadline? The Giants have reportedly expressed interest in the left tackle, but they have found that Cleveland does not seem intent on trading Thomas. Hue Jackson recently said that Thomas would not be dealt. Soon after, rival GMs mused that top exec Sashi Brown could pull the trigger on a deal anyway. In less than 48 hours, we’ll know what the Browns’ intentions are.
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