Four months later, offensive coordinator Norv Turner went out of his way to jab at those summertime narratives, primarily a Sports Illustrated writeup that tabbed Gordon as a "loafer" in practice.
"All this August talk is just talk," Turner said last week, per The Plain Dealer. " ... That's why I don't pay attention to all the people that come in here for one or two days of practice. They sat here in August and complained that the guy doesn't work hard, that he doesn't run routes, he doesn't finish.
"And there were four minutes left in the (Jaguars) game. He already had caught nine balls for 150 yards. I didn't see him not run a route (at) full speed, and he goes 95 yards and pulls away from two pretty fast guys."
Judge for yourself:
Gordon's league-leading 1,400 yards have come during a season in which he didn't even take his first snap until Week 3.
How quickly these things change.