Jackson excited about Gordon's return: I get to open a new toy
Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is happy to have receiver Josh Gordon back.
Josh Gordon worked with Cleveland Browns quarterbacks for the first time since his conditional reinstatement to the league, and no-one seems more thrilled than Hue Jackson.
The Browns coach said Monday having Gordon back after a lengthy suspension was "like Christmas".
"I get to open a new toy," Jackson told reporters. "I know what is in that box, but I just want to see how good it is. It is exciting that he will be back out there."
Gordon was reinstated November 1 after spending 53 of the Browns' last 58 games suspended due to multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
He is expected to practice fully this week, and could be activated as early as November 27. If that is the case, then Gordon would be able to play in the Browns' December 3 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Gordon has not played in a game since December 2014. He recently admitted that he was normally under the influence of alcohol or drugs for nearly every game of his career.
Even with the repeated violations and lack of presence on the field, Jackson said he has full faith in the 26-year-old Gordon.
"This is what Josh knows, that we're always available to him," Jackson said.
"But I think he's entitled to be a man and make his decisions and do the right thing. We truly believe and support that he will.
"He's done everything that we've asked him to do thus far. He's working extremely hard.
"He's excited about being back, about having the opportunity. He was on our sideline yesterday and it was a treat. Just dialoguing with him, the things he saw, the ways he thinks he can help. To me, that was exciting."