For a team that has such little turnover this offseason, plenty of media outlets sure aren’t giving them the benefit of the doubt. Add to that USA Today Sports’ power rankings list, putting the Panthers at No. 3. “CB Josh Norman’s departure shouldn’t detract from what remains a formidable defense. Cam Newton can’t be asked to shoulder as much as he did last season.” The complaint here is that even they know Josh Norman departure shouldn’t really hurt the Panthers much at all. Yet, the team that went 15-1 in the regular season and stomped on every foe on the way to Super Bowl 50 with little turnover afterwards is ranked below the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals? Both teams ahead of
Some good news for the Cleveland Browns: receiver Josh Gordon, who had a sensational 2013 season, only to find himself on the sideline for much of the past two years thanks to repeated failures in the NFL drug testing program, can return to the team on a conditional basis. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has given Gordon permission to participate in training camp and preseason games, but Gordon will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Since he is suspended under the substance abuse policy and not the performance-enhancing drugs policy, Gordon will be able to be at the Browns’ facility and take part in meetings during his suspension.