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Josh Gordon | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: Baylor
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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Josh Gordon is viewed as a "perpetual problem" inside the Browns' organization and "has to go."
Let the pile-on begin. The Gordon bashers have come out in full force the past month, and it's now coming to a head after the team suspended him for the season finale because he missed Saturday's walkthrough. Words like "former star" and "habitually late" were also mentioned in the CBS piece. The Browns put up with Gordon's problems when he posted one of the best seasons in NFL history last season, but now that their season has collapsed in front of them, it's time to throw blame wherever. And Gordon and Johnny Manziel are the ones receiving it. The Browns have been an historically-bad organization for years now. They'd be dumb to dump Gordon. But it appears a split may be coming. Dec 28 - 9:53 AM
Source: CBS Sports

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ESPN Cleveland doesn't expect Josh Gordon to remain with the Browns in 2015.

The Browns suspended Gordon after he failed to show up for Saturday's walk-through. He'll finish with just five games active this season, which could prevent him from being eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2016. Per ESPN's Tony Grossi, "it appears doubtful" Gordon will be back with the team. The Browns nearly traded Gordon prior to the 2013 deadline and could shop him again this offseason.
Dec 27 - 2:49 PM

Browns suspended Josh Gordon for Week 17 against the Ravens for a violation of team rules.

Gordon was placed on the reserve/suspended list. WR Phil Bates was promoted off the practice squad to take his place. The Browns did not announce why Gordon was suspended, but NFL.com's Mike Silver reports Gordon missed the Browns' Saturday walk through. The suspension ends a tumultuous season for Gordon. After missing the first 11 weeks of the season serving a league-mandated suspension, Gordon looked out of shape and unfamiliar with the playbook as he struggled his way to 24 catches for 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five starts. Bad quarterback play certainly contributed to Gordon's disappointing stretch, but he was not the transcendent talent that took the league by storm in 2013. Coming off a down season and now serving his third suspension in two years, Gordon's Dynasty stock is crumbling.
Dec 27 - 1:49 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Josh Gordon "continues to struggle with the plays and running the right patterns."

Gordon has a disappointing 24 catches, 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five games since coming off suspension. Some of that can be blamed on poor quarterback and offensive line play, but he's also admitted that the playbook has changed a lot since he was with the team in the preseason. There have also been whispers that he's not in the best physical condition. Gordon closes out the season against the Ravens in Week 17.
Dec 22 - 10:45 AM

Josh Gordon secured 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Gordon had an early six-yard reception overturned when replay showed the ball hit the ground. He came back to record a handful of short receptions when Brian Hoyer entered the game in the second quarter, replacing Johnny Manziel (hamstring). Gordon will close out a suspension-shortened third NFL season against the Ravens' leaky secondary in Week 17. It's probably good news for Gordon's statistical outlook that Hoyer is back under center.
Dec 21 - 4:27 PM

Josh Gordon caught 3-of-4 targets for 48 yards in the Browns' Week 15 loss to the Bengals.

Gordon's missed connection was a poorly-thrown ball from Johnny Manziel that he nearly pulled down for a one-handed grab. Gordon never had a prayer on a day where Johnny Football couldn't move the offense. Despite today's debacle, Gordon will be an upside WR2 against the Panthers in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 5:23 PM

Josh Gordon played on a season-high 79.4 percent of the snaps in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Gordon incredibly lost some third-down snaps to Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin Sunday, but playing on 54-of-68 snaps is more than enough to produce. It just didn't happen even though he tied for the team-lead in targets with seven against a Vontae Davis-less Colts secondary. Blame Brian Hoyer for incompetence and the Browns coaches for not featuring Gordon -- even if there are whispers his conditioning isn't where it needs to be. Perhaps Johnny Manziel and a Gordon-centric gameplan will bring light in Week 15, but we're not holding our breath. The Browns are bungling a once-promising season.
Dec 8 - 8:40 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is "hearing plenty of criticism" about Josh Gordon, including that he's out of shape.

Gordon, who led the NFL in receiving last season, had his snaps reduced Sunday in favor of Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin. Apparently the Browns aren't happy with his conditioning, route-running and/or grasp of the playbook. Of course, none of this came out over the last two weeks, so it looks like they're trying to save face after making the mistake of sticking with Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The Browns would have to be insane not to use Gordon as a full-time, featured player in a must-win game against Cincy in Week 15. The concern is that they are that insane.
Dec 7 - 10:33 PM

Josh Gordon secured just 2-of-7 targets for 15 yards in the Browns' Week 14 loss to the Colts.

This was the most-notable dud of the fantasy week against a Colts defense missing top CB Vontae Davis. Coach Mike Pettine revealed after the loss that the Browns purposely reduced Gordon's snaps on third downs because they "thought he was getting too many." When Gordon was in -- probably 60 percent of the time or so -- usual Colts LCB Greg Toler followed him around the formation and did a great job in press-man coverage. Expect Gordon to bounce back in Week 15 against Cincinnati. The Browns desperately need to commit to him as a full-time player, and it will be Gordon's fourth game back off his suspension.
Dec 7 - 5:52 PM

Josh Gordon admitted that he doesn't have a full grasp of the offense and has been running bad routes since his Week 12 return from a 10-game suspension.

"The terminology's changed even since training camp," Gordon said. "I was definitely running the wrong routes." Gordon has been targeted a whopping 29 times in his two games, posting a fine 15-195-0 line, but he's been the target on three of Brian Hoyer's five interceptions the past two weeks and takes the blame. The two have been staying late after practice. Gordon is a locked-in WR1. He'd get a boost should Colts RCB Vontae Davis (concussion) not play Sunday.
Dec 5 - 8:56 AM

Josh Gordon caught 7-of-13 targets for 75 yards in Cleveland's Week 13 loss to the Bills.

It wasn't a banner day for Gordon in his second 2014 appearance, as he had a miscommunication with Brian Hoyer on the first of Hoyer's two picks. It wasn't immediately clear whose fault the mix up was. The good news, of course, was Gordon's 13 looks, which give him 29 over two games. It's mouthwatering usage, though everything could change for the Browns' offense if coach Mike Pettine turns to Johnny Manziel in Week 14. Either way, Gordon is locked in as a no-brainer WR1.
Nov 30 - 5:01 PM

Appearing on GameDay Morning, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Browns will take the "reins off" Josh Gordon in Week 13 against the Bills.

Gordon played 69.2 percent of the snaps in his Week 12 debut and hung 8-120-0 on the Falcons. Expect Gordon to be in on 85-plus percent of the snaps Sunday and dominate targets once again, especially with Jordan Cameron (concussion) still out. Gordon is our No. 7 receiver this week with unlimited upside.
Nov 30 - 10:01 AM

Josh Gordon played on 54-of-78 snaps (69.2 percent) in Sunday's win at Atlanta.

A pregame report from ESPN that Gordon would be limited to 20-30 snaps was simply wrong. He proved to the coaches during the week that he was in football shape despite a three-month layoff. "I told (coach Mike Pettine) I'd been working out nonstop every day, day in and day out. I think that just goes to show I wasn't just sitting around on my ass doing nothing," Gordon said. We'd expect him to get closer to 80-90 percent of the snaps in a Week 13 game at Buffalo.
Nov 24 - 8:24 AM

Making his 2014 debut, Josh Gordon caught 8-of-16 targets for 120 yards in Cleveland's Week 12 win over the Falcons.

Despite much pre-game speculation to the contrary, Gordon wasn't on any sort of a pitch count, playing essentially every down. He was targeted on a whopping 40 percent of the Browns' pass plays. His 16 looks were twice as many as No. 2 Miles Austin's eight. It was music to fantasy owners' ears, but Brian Hoyer often appeared to be forcing the ball to his returning No. 1 weapon, making a number of disastrous decisions on plays where they perhaps weren't on the same page. Hoyer also flat missed Gordon on at least 3-4 occasions. Gordon could have had a much-bigger game. Either way, he's established without a doubt that he'll be an elite WR1 down the stretch as the Browns try to clinch their first playoff berth since 2002.
Nov 23 - 4:21 PM

After speaking with Browns coach Mike Pettine Sunday morning, FOX's Jay Glazer refutes a report that Josh Gordon will be limited to 20-30 snaps in Sunday's game at Atlanta.

Gordon showed up to work this week in far better shape than the Browns expected and "really improved" as practices went on. So although the original plan was 20-30 snaps, we could see last year's leading receiver on the field for way more than that. "We have the full gamut in store for him," Glazer relayed from Pettine. They'll check in with Gordon at halftime and see how he feels. "As long as he can deal with the pounding, we are going to run him and run him and run him." Gordon should be in all season-long lineups.
Nov 23 - 12:27 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Connor Shaw
3Tyler Thigpen
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3Shaun Draughn
4Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Terrance West
2Isaiah Crowell
WR11Josh Gordon
2Taylor Gabriel
3Rodney Smith
4Phil Bates
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
K1Garrett Hartley