"It is not just him", Jackson said.
"I think I went out there and served my objective and did whatever I was supposed to do, whether it was to distract the safety or get somebody else open", Gordon said, "More than anything, I did not even thing about the targets until somebody mentioned that at the end of the game". He's got to continue to work to be in the right spot. "Whether that is newness or whatever it is, I do not want to get caught up in all of that".
Confusion arose because Gordon had missed a good part of training camp and preseason as part of his treatment for substance abuse.
The most dynamic player on Cleveland's roster, the former Pro Bowler figured to be a major element in the game plan, yet was only targeted three times by quarterback Tyrod Taylor. "That starts with myself".
"He is the quarterback", Jackson said of Taylor. Gordon's quiet afternoon also meant Taylor managed to get other standouts - Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Carlos Hyde, David Njoku and Duke Johnson - involved in the process.
"I didn't like it", Jackson said. "If that was the case, then I have no issue with it". "I think I went out there and served my goal and did whatever I was supposed to do, whether it was distract the safety, get somebody else open", he said. Instead, they erased a 14-point deficit and tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-21.
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The others all had at least three weeks. "Today, we had 85 brilliant minutes and then unfortunately we didn't finish the game off".
"You see where you can try to attack and exploit some of those areas", Taylor said. In his brief time back on the field, Gordon has proven that he is still an elite talent in the league behind his playmaking ability in the passing game that he has shown prior to his lengthy suspension.
Gordon, who used most of August to refocus himself, is expected to play a critical role in an offense that stands to be much improved from a year ago.
Next week, Taylor and the Browns travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.
On Sept. 10, Jackson said starting Gordon was "a mistake" but refused to assign blame and insisted the team had "worked through it".
Just as baffling was that Gordon did not play the rest of the first series or the entire second series - perhaps a delayed penalty.
"That's what the offense is created to do and that is what we are going to try and accomplish".
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