Rashard Higgins says Josh Gordon is "in good spirits"

Higgins texted Gordon Friday, unsure of when he'll join the team

Daryl Ruiter
August 04, 2018 - 1:18 pm

Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – While Browns head coach Hue Jackson and general manager John Dorsey haven’t been in contact with receiver Josh Gordon, receiver Rashard Higgins has.

Gordon, who remains away from team for unspecified reasons, announced on July 23 he would not be reporting for training camp to seek additional treatment.

In recent days Gordon has been lighting up social media with workout videos and photos posted of him to his verified accounts. 

“We were texting yesterday and he’s in good spirits and we don’t talk about anything about the field or anything,” Higgins said. “We just talk about ‘hey, what’s up bro, how ya doing?’  Family, just little things like that, but we’re not too concerned. We know Josh is handling his business off the field and when he comes back, he’ll be ready to go.”

Dorsey told Bull and Fox Friday afternoon on 92.3 The Fan that he had not spoken with Gordon but is expecting the 2013 Pro Bowl receiver to return to the team.

"I admire what he's doing here because he's taking care of the long-term interest of his person," Dorsey said. "When Josh gets here, I'm going to be excited to see him.”

“I told you all he would be here, and he will be here,” Dorsey added.

Like Dorsey, Higgins isn’t sure when Gordon will return either, but he hasn’t forgotten about one of his closest friends on the team.

“That’s my locker buddy and I’m wearing his shirts every day so that’s why I feel like I’ve got superpowers when I come out here,” Higgins said.

Higgins, who enters his third season with the Browns after being selected 172nd overall in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, has looked like he's got superpowers with his strong start to training camp.

He hopes it translates into him finally have a breakout year.

"I feel like this is my chance," Higgins said. "And I just want to make the most of it, referring back to me being cut and not wanting to be there in those shoes last year, so I’m just working day in and day out to not be in that predicament."

Higgins, who did not make last year's initial 53-man roster, was released and placed on the practice squad for Week 1 last year. He has totaled 33 catches for 389 yards and 2 touchdowns in 31 games.

"I’m going to keep making plays when the ball comes to me and when my opportunity comes I’ve got to make the most of it," Higgins said.

As for Gordon, when he does return, Higgins expects him to pick up where he left off in the spring.

“It will be like he never was gone," Higgins said. "That’s been one of our brothers from the beginning. That’s how we’re going to treat things.”