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NFL Notes: Josh Gordon, Bills, Lions & Titans

Josh Gordon

Pat McManamon of ESPN writes that the Browns’ decision to draft four receivers a few weeks ago does not appear to bode well for suspended WR Josh Gordon‘s return to the team.

Team owner Dee Haslam even mentioned that they made a conscious decision as an organization to focus on high-character players in the draft.

“It was definitely part of something we discussed,” she said. “And it was part of the entire football organization. That was an agreed-upon goal.”

The NFL has held off on a decision regarding Gordon’s reinstatement after he produced a diluted sample.

Bills

Bills GM Doug Whaley said that he believes they’ll have at least three starters from their 2016 draft class including Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland and Adolphus Washington.

“At least three,” Whaley said, via NFL.com. “Shaq Lawson is going to walk in off the bus starting. Reggie Ragland and then Adolphus Washington — all three of those guys will start right off the bus. And we’re excited for some guys from the fourth through sixth rounds that will contribute for us.

Lions

Lions first-round rookie OT Taylor Decker said he has had reps at both tackle positions and is still unsure of where he will be playing.

Yeah, I’m just doing whatever they tell me to do: playing both sides, getting reps all over the place,” said Decker, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “The big thing is just become a better football player. Everything else, that’s their job to sort out.”

Birkett mentions that the Lions must decide on the future of LT Riley Reiff, who is entering the final year of his contract, before choosing Decker’s position.

  • Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew said he expects to be fully recovered from a torn ACL that he sustained in December by the start of training camp. (Tim Twentyman)

Titans

  • Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports that the Titans are likely pressing for offset language to be included in first-round OT Jack Conklin’s rookie contract.
  • Tennessee has pushed for offset language in their rookie deals, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them hold out for Conklin to give in.