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Browns grab Gordon in supplemental draft

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Browns grab Gordon in supplemental draft

The Browns continued overhauling their offense on Thursday when they grabbed former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft.

Gordon, a 6-foot-4 receiver who left Baylor after failing a marijuana test, caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010. He transferred to Utah after leaving Baylor, but then decided to enter the supplemental draft rather than play at Utah.

Gordon, who was touted by, among others, his former quarterback Robert Griffin III , was considered the best of the eight players available in Thursdays supplemental draft. He was projected as anywhere from a second- to a fourth-round pick, but the Browns made another statement that they mean business about jump-starting an offense that ranked 29th in total offense and 30th in scoring last season.

The selection of Gordon comes after the Browns picked up running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round of the April draft.

They are young, but we think we have gotten a lot better on offense in one draft, now you add Josh in the mix too, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said. We knew this was going to be a process but we think we have gotten a lot better just in the last few months.

Supplemental picks have rarely proved to be top-of-the-depth-chart talent, but the Browns front office clearly thinks Gordon can be an exception.

He is a guy that can come in here and be an eventual starter for us and make plays for us, Browns general manager Tom Heckert said I think anytime you draft a guy there is always some risk involved, but we think we got a good football player.

Most years there is not a player of Joshs caliber in the supplemental draft, so you dont hear about it very much, Heckert added. We are getting a really good football player and we are getting him a year early. I think next year we will be sitting there going, Wow, if he plays like we think he is going to play this year, I think it will obviously be a good decision.

The Ravens, who have made a supplemental draft pick just once (Jared Gaither in the fifth round in 2007) again sat out this one. They reportedly showed interest in linebacker Larry Lumpkin, but chose not to effectively use a 2013 draft pick on the former Alabama A&M linebacker. In fact, Gordon was the only player taken in the supplemental draft.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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