Josh Gordon’s success with the Patriots has not come as a surprise to his former coach Hue Jackson.
The recently fired Browns coach said he knew what Gordon was capable of on the field, but admitted his continual problems in Cleveland overshadowed his talent.
“I mean we know what type of talent Josh Gordon is,” Jackson said on FS1’s “Undisputed” Wednesday. “Sometimes I think players need different sceneries in order to be all that they can be. Everything that this young man had dealt with was in Cleveland. That’s all he knew. I think he’s in a better place for him professionally, emotionally, mentally and I think you are starting to see the real Josh Gordon and I wish him well.”
Gordon was released by the Browns early in the season, but was scooped up quickly by the Patriots. Through six games, he’s caught 22 of 38 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns.
For years, the Browns stuck with Gordon through numerous suspensions for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, which made the organization’s decision to let Gordon go once he was allowed to play again surprising.
“Yes, it was hard,” Jackson said on letting Gordon go. “But I think we as an organization made a decision that we felt that anything that we thought was going to stop us or hinder us from being the best version of an organization, a football team that we can be, that we would move forward. And that’s what we did.”