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Josh Gordon | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: Baylor
Drafted: 2012 / Supplemental (Rd. 2) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Browns signed Josh Gordon to a one-year, $790,000 contract.
Cleveland also tendered C Austin Reiter. As an exclusive rights free agent, Gordon did not have any choice but to sign the minimum deal. Gordon will be a restricted free agent in 2019, but Cleveland could look to sign him to a long-term deal if he is able to stay out of trouble and performs on the field. Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in five games last season, his first action since 2014. Mar 13 - 11:50 AM

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Coach Hue Jackson said he wants Josh Gordon to be with the Browns "for a long time."

"He’s having a really good offseason," Jackson said of Gordon. "Obviously, he’s got to continue to do so and continue to do the right things, but I truly believe that Josh Gordon is going to have a great year for us." Gordon is an exclusive rights free agent this year and will be a restricted free agent in 2019, so the Browns can have him under cheap team control for the next two seasons. That said, Cleveland might look to sign him to a long-term deal if he puts together a big and controversy-free 2018.
Mar 1 - 12:42 PM

Josh Gordon caught 4-of-7 targets for 115 yards in the Browns' Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

His 54-yard second-quarter catch set up Duke Johnson’s two-yard TD. Finally reinstated late this season, Gordon wound up catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown across five appearances, dominating targets but struggling for efficiency amid erratic quarterback play. Salesman coach Hue Jackson didn’t help matters by refusing to send Gordon on high-percentage routes and instead asking him to run low-probability isolation patterns deep downfield, torpedoing Gordon’s catch rate. Gordon still flashed his dynamic ability in spurts and will be only 27 years old when the 2018 season kicks off. He’s sure to be hotly debated all offseason in fantasy circles.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Josh Gordon caught 2-of-8 targets for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Bears.

Gordon once again led the team in "targets", but most of his opportunities were merely cosmetic and uncatchable. Gordon's receiving yardage has now dropped in each of his four games played since returning as his attachment to the erratic play of DeShone Kizer has given him a low fantasy floor. Gordon and the Browns will head to Pittsburgh in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Josh Gordon secured 5-of-11 targets for 47 yards in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Ravens.

Despite another day with high volume, Gordon couldn't generate anything tangible as DeShone Kizer just couldn't push the ball downfield. All of Gordon's receptions were on shallow crossing routes or short comebacks. Gordon has had 28 targets in three games since returning to the lineup, but is still hampered by quarterback play and offensive climate. Gordon will be a volume-based WR2 next week versus the Bears.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 05:26:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 05:25:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 07:52:00 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.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 03:12:00 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. 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.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 08:28:00 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.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 01:32:00 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.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 02:47:00 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.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 08:47:00 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.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 06:09:00 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.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 09:27:00 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.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 01:39:00 PM