Hue Jackson likes the 2017 version of Josh Gordon better than the 2016 version, the one on whom he basically slammed the door shut when Gordon relapsed and checked himself back into rehab.

"I was really impressed sitting across from Josh and talking to him,'' Jackson said Wednesday after Gordon's first full day with the team. "It was different than the time a year ago when he was back during the summer.

"I saw a young man who was a lot more mature, who understood exactly where he is and what he was trying to accomplish and do. He looks in tremendous shape, and there is a different look in his eye. I'm excited that he's here."

Gordon, who was conditionally reinstated again last week by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, can work out on his own and attend meetings, and can practice with the team beginning Nov. 20. He can play the final five games of the season, beginning Dec. 3 in Los Angeles against the Chargers.

"It's a two-way street," Jackson said. "We also have to earn his trust. Over time it will show itself where we are, but we're going to support him and we're going to give him every opportunity to do the things that he needs to do to be a part of this football team."

Jackson doesn't think Gordon is disingenuous with his vow to stay clean, and become the best version of himself.