The longer the NFL goes without making a decision on Josh Gordon’s reinstatement, the more skeptical we become that he’ll actually be playing football in 2016. Still, the All-Pro wide receiver is getting after it with his training this off-season. The former Baylor Bear has been working out non-stop in Los Angeles while he awaits word from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The latest workout montage, posted to Gordon’s Instagram account, shows him doing a myriad of moves, from Pull-Ups in a weighted vest to Push-Ups on a BOSU ball. The most impressive clip shows Gordon hitting one of those curved, self-powered treadmills and zooming off into the air. Gordon hits top speed on the treadmill as effortlessly as he does on the field. It doesn’t look like he’s even trying very hard.
His stride length and upper-body control are what once led Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden to proclaim this about his former teammate:
“There’s an effortless look to it,” Haden told cleveland.com in 2014. “He has a very long stride and it doesn’t take him long to get to his top speed. Nobody that big I’ve seen run that smooth.”
Whether we’ll get to see that beautiful stride on the field in 2016 is anyone’s guess, but there’s no denying Gordon’s incredible gifts as a football player.