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Josh Gordon | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: Baylor
Drafted: 2012 / Supplemental (Rd. 2) / CLE
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Josh Gordon caught 3-of-6 targets for 69 yards and touchdown in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Packers.
In his first home game in three years, Gordon wasted no time getting going early. He had a 38-yard catch and run on a crossing route on the first play from scrimmage and capped that drive off with an 18-yard touchdown over the middle that showcased his catch radius. Despite the hot start, Gordon managed just one more grab of 13 yards the rest of the way, even with Davon House leaving the game with an injury in the second half. Gordon will be in the WR2 mix next week versus a Ravens team that will be without Jimmy Smith. Dec 10 - 5:25 PM

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Josh Gordon reeled in 4-of-11 targets for 85 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Chargers.

Hue Jackson said that Gordon would not only start, but "play a lot" and he delivered on that promise as Gordon had five more targets than any other Cleveland player. While the efficiency was lacking per target, only Odell Beckham posted more yards receiving against the Chargers than Gordon did on Sunday. Gordon flashed the size and speed combination that made him one of the most exciting young receivers in the league prior to his transgressions off the field. He skied over Casey Hayward on a 28-yard reception in the first half and then added a 39-yard catch and run in the second half where he shed multiple tackles. It wasn't a perfect day for Gordon, but it was more than enough in terms of volume and ability to put him on the radar as a usable receiver for fantasy next week against the Packers.
Dec 3 - 7:52 PM

Josh Gordon is officially active for Week 13 against the Chargers.

It's no surprise as Hue Jackson has claimed Gordon will not only start, but will also "play a lot" on Sunday. While we have marginal expectations for Gordon against a Chargers team that has allowed just two wide receivers to score since Week 6, we're looking for anything positive on his snaps to provide confidence in using him in fantasy lineups moving forward. QB Kevin Hogan, WR Sammie Coates (knee/ankle), WR Bryce Treggs, CB Darius Hilary, OL Marcus Martin, TE Matt Lengel and DL T.Y. McGill are inactive.
Dec 3 - 3:12 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Josh Gordon will "start" and "play a lot" Week 13 against the Chargers.

Gordon has not played a meaningful game since 2014, but it is not like the Browns have much to lose by throwing him right back into the fire. Still, this is a tough matchup, and there is no way of knowing how good Gordon will be coming back from that long of a layoff. Especially in must-win situations, he is an extremely risky fantasy bet.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Casey Hayward is PFF’s top-ranked cover CB and he's limited receivers to an impressive 45% catch rate. Corey Colemen will match up with Trevor Williams most of the game. Williams has allowed fewer fantasy points per route than Hayward (0.16 to 0.19) and PFF's 13th-best cover CB. As a unit, the Chargers are 6th in pass DVOA and 5th in receiving yards allowed to WRs. They’re giving up the 5th-most receiving yards and 4th-most PPR points to RBs though, setting up a solid spot for Duke Johnson.
Dec 3 - 8:28 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Josh Gordon will start in his 2017 debut this weekend.

Gordon will be playing in his first regular season game since Dec. 21, 2014. He did play in the 2016 preseason. Still only 26, Gordon has youth and freak athleticism on his side as he returns from his nearly three-year layoff. He will obviously be rusty against the Chargers' Casey Hayward-led secondary, and not ready for a full complement of snaps. Corey Coleman should lead the receiver corps in targets. Gordon is best treated as a "mystery" WR4.
Nov 30 - 1:32 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson wants Josh Gordon to play "as much as possible" in his Week 13 return.

Making his first regular season appearance since Dec. 2014, there's no way Gordon will be ready for a full complement of snaps, but Jackson made it clear the desperate Browns will work him into the offense as quickly as possible. It wouldn't be a surprise if Gordon played the second most snaps behind Corey Coleman. Considering the unknown state of Gordon's game and DeShone Kizer's struggles under center, he should be considered a WR4, at best, for Week 13.
Nov 27 - 2:47 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Josh Gordon will play Week 13.

Gordon just returned to practice this week, but he apparently showed enough for the Browns to activate him when he is first eligible next week. Rapoport cautions the team intends to "ease him into the flow," which makes sense considering he has not played a regular-season snap since 2014. Still, he remains a high-upside hold for teams heading to the fantasy playoffs.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 26 - 8:47 AM

Josh Gordon returned to practice on Wednesday.

Wednesday was Gordon's first practice with the Browns since December 26, 2014. Though it was Gordon's first official practice, it was his second time catching passes from DeShone Kizer, who he also worked with on Monday. Gordon is eligible to return against the Chargers in Week 13. He's back after being suspended most of the last three years for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Nov 22 - 6:09 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said getting Josh Gordon back is "like Christmas."

"I get to open a new toy," Jackson said. "I know what’s in that box, but I just want to see how good it is. It’s exciting that he’ll be back out there." Gordon is expected to return to practice this week, and he is eligible to return to the active roster Week 13. It still remains to be seen if he will be ready by then, but he has hit every target so far since being reinstated. Gordon remains worth a stash for teams headed to the fantasy playoffs.
Nov 21 - 9:27 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Josh Gordon is on track to resume practicing Monday.

That's the first day he's eligible to practice, though Gordon has been attending team meetings for the past week. "He's doing well. In building every day, on time for everything," said Jackson. "Smile on his face. He's a pleasure to be around." Gordon is aiming to return against the Chargers in Week 13. If he plays, it would be his first regular season appearance since 2014.
Nov 16 - 1:39 PM

In an interview with GQ, Josh Gordon admits he played under the influence of alcohol or drugs "probably every game of my career."

That includes Gordon's time at Baylor. "I used to make a ritual of it before every game,'' Gordon said. "If I had already been drug tested that week, or the day before the game, I knew I had a couple days to buy to clean my system." Gordon said he would take shots to "warm up" his system, and "get the motor running." The entire interview is worth reading. Gordon is scheduled to report to the Browns on Tuesday, and can return to game action in Week 13.
Source: GQ.com
Nov 6 - 4:43 PM

Josh Gordon is scheduled to report to the Browns on Tuesday.

As part of his conditional reinstatement, Gordon is eligible to attend meetings for the next two weeks, resume practicing on November 20, and return to the active roster Week 13. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the team hopes he will be ready to play when first eligible, but there is still a long way to go. Gordon is not going to help teams get to the fantasy playoffs, but he is a good speculative add for squads already on their way.
Nov 6 - 10:56 AM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Josh Gordon on a conditional basis.

He must have impressed Goodell at his reinstatement hearing on Wednesday. Gordon is eligible to resume practicing with the Browns on November 20, putting him on track for a Week 13 return. When Gordon sees the field, it will be his first game action since 2014. It's anyone's guess what Gordon has left after missing most of the last three years due to repeated substance abuse violations, but he led the league in receiving yards as a 22-year-old in 2013 and should be a worthy stash in all formats.
Nov 1 - 6:24 PM

Updating an earlier item, Josh Gordon's reinstatement hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

It makes it less likely that Gordon's rights are traded ahead of Tuesday's deadline, but it's still a possibility. It's also possible Gordon is simply waived upon reinstatement, though the receiver-desperate Browns may think twice about that.
Oct 31 - 2:33 PM

Josh Gordon will meet with NFL officials to discuss his reinstatement Tuesday in New York.

Gordon is hoping to be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell following his latest rehab stint. ESPN's Adam Schefter is also hearing that the Browns could look to trade his rights ahead of Tuesday's 4 PM ET trade deadline. Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards at age 22 but has had his career derailed by repeated substance abuse issues. He hasn't played an NFL down since 2014.
Oct 31 - 2:03 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1DeShone Kizer
2Kevin Hogan
3Cody Kessler
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Matt Dayes
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Corey Coleman
2Ricardo Louis
3Sammie Coates
WR21Josh Gordon
2Ricardo Louis
3Reggie Davis
4Matt Hazel
WR31Ricardo Louis
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
4Matt Lengel
LT1Spencer Drango
2Zach Banner
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Marcus Martin
C1J.C. Tretter
2Austin Reiter
RG1Kevin Zeitler
RT1Shon Coleman
K1Zane Gonzalez