Josh Gordon’s looming ban causes ‘level of frustration’

Browns waiting on Gordon verdictEver since news came down that Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the Cleveland Browns have been awaiting official word on what the punishment would be. Now that we’re more than a month from the initial rumor and no discipline has been levied, the team is understandably irritated. Coach Mike Pettine admitted that the delay is affecting the team’s preparation and has caused “a level of frustration“. Losing a team’s top receiver for a full season would undoubtedly put a crimp in Cleveland’s offense. It would also put a wrinkle in the plans of any fantasy enthusiasts looking to draft a player who could come off the board early in the second round.

Smith talks Bucs RB committee: Last week, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford talked about the need for the team to use multiple running backs. On Tuesday, head coach Lovie Smith doubled down on that. Smith talked up the young running back, but admitted that the Bucs would need to use multiple rushers during the season. Translation: Expect to see more work for Bobby Rainey and Mike James in 2014. It’s not really a surprise considering how Tedford ran his offenses during his college tenure. But it reinforces the idea that Martin will have a decreased value this season.

Dunbar to see more touches: It’s no secret that DeMarco Murray has struggled with injuries in his brief career, never playing more than 14 games in a season. That could be the reason the Cowboys are looking to get Lance Dunbar more involved. Dallas is reportedly “creating stuff” for the third-year running back during the team’s OTAs. How much stuff and how the team will use that stuff remains to be seen. However, it’s worth keeping an eye on how the team plans to deploy Dunbar and Joseph Randle in 2014 and what effect it could have on Murray’s touches going forward.

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