Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 9/6/12

Pat Shurmur spoke today about Josh Gordon-

“I think he’s as far along as you can be as a rookie. I think he’s made tremendous strides from the first day of training camp until now so yeah I’m happy with the progress so far. We got a chance to see him make some plays in preseason games and now it’s important for him to go out and do that in a regular season game so each one of these things I’m talking about is a little hurdle and he’s done a good job of getting himself to this point.”

“He’s kind of following the same path that Greg did. Greg came in and in my opinion he had to run himself into shape much like Josh Gordon did. Then he went out and played a long season for a rookie and played a lot of games and fortunately found a way to stay healthy. I’m sure there are things they’re talking about behind the scenes. I’ve seen a time or two where they’ve interacted where I’m sure that’s helping Josh.”

He also updated Trent Richardson’s situation (before practice)-

“He’ll be involved in the team run drills. Obviously we don’t tackle, everybody stays up so he’ll be involved in a little bit of thumping.”

(On if it is important for Richardson to go through some contact)- “I think so. I think it’s important for all of our guys. It’s 14 and counting now, those are days until the end of the season that we can put our guys in shoulder pads and helmets. Regardless of what you wear on your bottoms and I think that’s insignificant whether you wear shorts, girdles or you wear pants it doesn’t matter. Really, it comes down to there’s 14 days where you can wear a helmet with shoulder pads. Say it for what it is.”

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