Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (left) is tackled after a pass reception by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (middle) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers MMQB: NFL Offseason News

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What We Learned This Week in the NFL Offseason:

  • NFL’s latest round of drug testing claims 3 players
  • Chris Johnson wants to race Michael Vick
  • Browns Josh Gordon arrested for DWI while awaiting ruling on NFL suspension
  • LeGarrette Blount to be Steelers hammer

While some NFL players were preparing for their 4th of July celebrations this weekend others were getting that knock on the door from the league’s drug testers. This round of tests claimed three players including Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill, who has failed another drug test and now faces a season-long suspension. Last season he was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season and acknowledged that he had to choose between “money or marijuana”. Fine choice. Also looking at suspensions are the Dolphins’ DE Dion Jordan, their 2013 first-round draft pick suspended four games for violating the PED policy and Kansas City Chiefs OL Rokevious Watkins sitting out the first four games for violating the substance abuse policy.

Last offseason then Eagles quarterback Michael Vick raced teammate Shady McCoy in a friendly competition and the old guy smoked McCoy. Now, new teammate with the Jets, running back Chris Johnson wants a crack at racing Vick. He thinks he has the edge given that his 40-yard dash time record from the NFL Scouting Combine still hasn’t been broken yet. My guess is they’re going to race sometime in 2009 or so.

The Cleveland Browns front office got a holiday from worrying about what Johnny Manziel is going to be pictured doing. Instead they’re reacting to learning that their top wide receiver, Josh Gordon, who was already facing a season-long suspension for the failure of multiple drug tests, was arrested and booked in North Carolina for DWI. Some of Gordon’s teammates took to Twitter to complain about people calling the loser troubled wide receiver out.


They suggested that instead of criticism, Gordon needs help and support. You know the kind of support that offers confidential, free rides to NFL players 24/7 so they can avoid driving while intoxicated. They should do something like that right?

Marc Sessler of Around the League took a look back at LeGarrette Blount’s snaps to see what the Steelers offense is in store for this season. He concluded that Blount will be the thunder to Le’Veon Bell’s lightning in the Steelers running game. The Steelers running game has been lacking both thunder and lightning for quite some time. While Bell is definitely going to be the featured back, Blount can certainly step in and offer that 3 yards and a cloud of dust that will drive the old-school Steelers fans wild. Put the two of these guys together and add Dri Archer for whatever he’s going to bring to the table and the Steelers running backs are one of the position groups most anticipated this season.

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  • DidusayJenn

    Too bad Gordon didn’t just beat up on a girlfriend/fiancé, then nobody would be talking about it.

  • Giahead33

    If Josh Gordon wants sympathy look in the dictionary between shi$ and syphillis!!

    • Kimmy

      It’s a damn shame all of these NFL players are coming to his defense, albeit only via social media, but still coming to his defense and are completely disregarding all of the programs and things already in place for NFL players to help avoid these situations entirely and help them if they have any kind of substance abuse issues. What Josh Gordon really needs at this point are some damn consequences! Up until this point he hasn’t faced any.

      • Craig

        It appears that Gordon is beyond just needing a consequence to put him in his place and teach him a lesson. This dude has some real issues and needs help. Shame on the Browns for not keeping a close eye on him and getting him the help he needed before the house of cards came tumbling down. This guy won’t be playing football in 2014 for sure, the Browns may even release him, and his career is probably over. Where will he go from there – only spiral further if he doesn’t get help I would imagine. Time to put football aside and recognize that here’s someone who needs some real help and fast.

        • Kimmy

          Unfortunately he’s with the wrong organization to get help. This is the same team that released Davone Bess earlier this year after he got into some bizarre trouble that revealed he has some serious problems. Then again, it sucks to say this but maybe Gordon’s stats being more valuable than Bess’ was, the team will actually help Gordon utilize the help that is available to him already instead of cutting him loose.

      • Giahead33

        Exactly!!! Couldn’t have said it better myself!!! If this was anyone one of us we’d have out butts nailed to the wall!!!


    Ben Roethlisberger is better than all those other pussies.