Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New England Patriots
Questionable
Injury Hamstring
2018 Fantasy Outlook
That Gordon is back in the league at all is itself a surprise. Prior to his reinstatement, he hadn't played since 2014, and it turned out he didn't merely fall victim to the NFL's draconian marijuana policy, but was actually playing drunk and high in 2013 when he set the league ablaze (no pun intended) en route to 1,646 yards in 14 games. Ostensibly sober, Gordon, now 27, will attempt to reprise the success, if not the conditions under which he achieved it, in 2018. We saw a glimpse of what he could do in five games last year - 18.6 YPC, 8.0 YPT on 42 targets despite no training camp or practice for most of the year, with erratic rookie QB DeShone Kizer under center. At 6-3, 225, and with 4.52 combine speed (though there were reports he was running sub-4.4 during his workouts last year), Gordon is the prototype No. 1 receiver who can make plays anywhere on the field. During his massive 2013, he was a deep threat, a red-zone presence and someone who could break tackles after the catch. Heading into 2018, the Browns have upgraded their QB situation significantly with Tyrod Taylor, who was able to connect on deep balls to Sammy Watkins in Buffalo. The Browns also used the No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield, who will compete for the starting job in camp. Keep in mind Gordon did major damage with Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell five years ago, so this is the first time he's ever been paired with even an adequate signal-caller. It remains to be seen whether at 27, and with three seasons out of the league, Gordon is still the same player. He was excused from the start of training camp to focus on his mental health, but he returned to the team Aug. 18 and should still have time to get ready for Week 1. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $790,000 contract with the Browns in March of 2018.
Inactive Sunday
WRNew England Patriots
Hamstring
September 23, 2018
Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Lions.
ANALYSIS
The recently-acquired wideout was limited at practice all week, and he's new to the Patriots offense, so it's not a huge surprise that he'll sit out Sunday night's game. As a result, the team's Week 3 wideout corps will be headed by Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    69
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2017
259
0
2018
69
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   225 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.52 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   33.25 in
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Hand Length:   10.00 in
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Vertical Jump:   36 in
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Broad Jump:   122 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   13 reps
WEAK
New England Patriots Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gordon still remains on the Browns' roster, even though he hasn't taken the field since 2014, when he took the league by storm as the lone bright spot in the offense. In May, the 26-year-old was denied reinstatement by the NFL due to multiple substance abuse violations, leaving his next opportunity to apply sometime this fall. If he's eventually reinstated, the Browns have said they'll consider keeping the troubled wideout, but that debate can only occur once the league gives the green light. Until then, Gordon will be unable to take part in any team activities as the unfortunate saga continues for one of the league's former shining stars. All this being sad, even if Gordon is cleared for a comeback, it could take him quite some time to get back into game shape, and even then it remains unknown what type of role he would fill in the offense.
The good news is that Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL after he serves a four-game suspension to start the season. That said, it's possible simply too much time has gone by, and he'll never recapture the greatness of 2013. But Gordon just turned 25, and let's not forget he was the best WR in the NFL despite playing with some of the league's worst QBs. At 6-3, 225, Gordon has elite size, and his 4.52 40 is plenty fast for a physically-dominant WR. It remains to be seen what the Browns have in store for Gordon, both in the short-term and come Week 5, but the talented receiver -- who last played in an NFL game back in December of 2014 -- has the upside to reemerge as a fantasy factor in 2016, while giving the Browns a dangerous pass-catching option at wideout opposite highly-touted rookie Corey Coleman.
Gordon was handed a one-year suspension by the NFL on for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy and will thus sit out the 2015 season.
Gordon tested positive for marijuana this offseason, which resulted in a one-year suspension that was eventually upheld on appeal. He will be able to apply for reinstatement next year. It's a huge hit to the Browns' offense, as Gordon was coming off a season in which he didn’t just lead the league in receiving. He led it by 147 yards – in only 14 games. Gordon accomplished this feat while catching passes from the trio of Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer. At 6-3, 225 and with 4.5-speed, Gordon has prototypical No. 1 receiver size and speed. He led the NFL with nine catches of 40-plus yards and 28 catches of 20-yards or more – despite serving a two-game suspension to start the year. Among receivers with 100 or more targets, Gordon was first in yards per catch (18.9) and second only to DeSean Jackson with 10.4 yards per target (YPT), despite playing for a team that finished 29th with 6.4 YPA.
The Browns took a chance on Gordon, forgoing a second-round pick to draft him in the supplemental round last year, and it panned out. Gordon managed a robust 8.5 YPT and 16.1 YPC on a below-average passing team, while scoring five touchdowns on just 95 targets. At 6-3, 221 and with 4.5 speed, Gordon is a prototypical No. 1 target with red-zone size and enough explosiveness to beat defenses deep. He enters 2013 as the team's No. 1 receiver and its most dangerous outside playmaker as Greg Little has shown himself to be little more than a possession threat, and only an average one at that. Just keep in mind Gordon is suspended for the regular season's first two games after violating the league's substance abuse policy.
After failing to address the wide receiver position in April's draft until selecting Travis Benjamin in the fourth round, the Browns made a splash when they took Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft. It's a calculated risk as he missed all of 2011 after being suspended from Baylor before transferring to Utah. In his sophomore season in 2010 at Baylor he posted 42 catches for 714 yards (17.0 YPC) and seven touchdowns. He has the prototypical size (6-foot-3) and speed (4.52 40-time) to be successful at the professional level, but it's unclear how much rust he'll have to knock off first. The opportunity is there for Gordon as there isn't a tremendous amount of talent in Cleveland he must leap to get looks, and the Browns made a significant commitment to get him by sacrificing next year's second rounder, so he could be an interesting sleeper pick in the later rounds of drafts this summer.
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No lock to play Week 3
WRNew England Patriots
Hamstring
September 23, 2018
Gordon (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, isn't guaranteed to play in the contest, sources informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
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Listed as questionable this week
WRNew England Patriots
Hamstring
September 21, 2018
Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Lions.
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Logs another limited session
WRNew England Patriots
Hamstring
September 20, 2018
Gordon (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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Limited at practice Wednesday
WRNew England Patriots
Hamstring
September 19, 2018
Gordon (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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Present for practice Wednesday
WRNew England Patriots
Hamstring
September 19, 2018
Gordon (hamstring) was in attendance for practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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