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Pettine: Browns want 'better effort' from Josh Gordon

Beyond Monday night's wreckage under center for the Cleveland Browns, there was the curious case of Josh Gordon.

Facing a potentially lengthy suspension, last year's league-leading wideout saw snaps into the fourth quarter of an underwhelming preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.

Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that he didn't regret playing the Pro Bowl selection so deep into the affair, acknowledging that Gordon's effort left something to be desired.

"There were a couple plays where I think that we would definitely want -- we just came out of the personnel meeting and talked about it -- that we would have wanted better effort," Pettine told reporters on a conference call. "But it was not a mistake to play him late."

Added Pettine: "He needs the work, learning the new system. And that's a (position) room (where) you don't want to not play him and then put the other players at risk by increasing their individual workloads."

Asked if he thought Gordon looked "disinterested" in catching one pass for eight yards off five targets, Pettine correctly noted that a handful of throws from Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer were thrown off target.

But Pettine emphasized that he wanted to see his star receiver "finish plays better," noting that every player on the roster is tasked with putting forth a "regular-season effort to match preseason effort."

The reality for Pettine and the Browns is that Gordon might be a ghost come September. His impact in August means little if he's on his couch watching a Cleveland offense that could still use another month of training camp.

The latest "Around the League Podcast" recaps all of the action from the second week of the preseason.

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