Josh Gordon

Chiefs Promote Josh Gordon

The Chiefs have promoted Josh Gordon to the 53-man roster, per a club announcement. With that, the wide receiver could debut as soon as this Sunday night against the Bills. 

“I‘m just gonna play it by ear and see how he feels,” head coach Andy Reid said earlier this week (via Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star). “Really, it’s more of a comfort thing with the offense. I don’t want to put him in a bad situation out there.”

The early word has been promising. Despite his well-documented troubles and past difficulties with grasping the playbook, Gordon has been clicking with his new club on the practice field.

The Chiefs, as always, have been scoring with ease this year, but Gordon will give opposing defenses another headache to contend with. Even though he’s years removed from his best work, Gordon is one of the most naturally talented receivers of his generation. To this day, his 14-game 2013 campaign sits sixth on the NFL’s receiving yards-per-game list (117.6).

If Gordon plays in Week 5, it’ll mark his first live NFL action since December of 2019.

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Chiefs To Play Josh Gordon This Week?

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says there’s a chance Josh Gordon could play on Sunday night against the Bills (Twitter link via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com). But, before they move to promote Gordon, Reid wants to ensure that the wide receiver is up to speed on the playbook.

Gordon joined the Chiefs’ taxi squad last week, just days after his latest reinstatement. Now, he might be on the verge of playing for the first time since December 2019 when he was with the Seahawks.

The one-time superstar had seven catches for 139 yards across five games for Seattle. Before that, he registered 60 grabs for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots between 2018 and 2019. Gordon played in just 17 games for New England in those seasons. Meanwhile, his last pro football action came in the Fan Controlled Football League, alongside old pal Johnny Manziel.

The Chiefs are now 2-2 after topping the Eagles on Sunday. Clearly, their offense doesn’t need any upgrades — but there’s no such thing as too much firepower.

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Chiefs Could Promote Josh Gordon For Week 5

When the Chiefs take on the Bills in their Week 5 showdown next Sunday, they may have Josh Gordon accompanying them. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Gordon, who just signed with Kansas City’s practice squad earlier this week after being reinstated by the league, has looked terrific in his first few days with his new club.

Now 30, Gordon’s career has been marred by a number of suspensions related to substance abuse. To his credit, he has persisted in his efforts to battle his demons and play football at the game’s highest level, and the Chiefs — who are obviously loaded with offensive talent but who do not have a receiver with Gordon’s ever-tantalizing combination of size and speed — are hoping that his latest comeback will stick.

Per Rapoport, Gordon has picked up KC’s offense quickly, and that has allowed him to flash in practice. It does not sound like he has lost much speed, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes said, “He’s a big receiver. Even if he’s covered, he’s not covered. You can kind of throw it up there and he can make plays.”

The Chiefs are 1-2, but their offense has not been the issue. Mahomes is generally playing up to his usual standards, and the club has put up over 30 points per game. Still, more firepower can never hurt, and if Gordon can perform at a level even close to his ceiling, the league’s most exciting offense would become that much more difficult to defend.

Gordon’s last game as a member of the Seahawks came in December 2019. His signing is the definition of a low-risk, high-reward transaction, but Kansas City could start reaping some of those rewards as soon as next week.

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Chiefs To Sign Josh Gordon

The Chiefs are set to sign newly reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com). The former All-Pro will be joining Kansas City’s practice squad, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter). The goal is for Gordon to get up to speed before getting elevated to the active roster.

Gordon last played for the Seahawks, where he had seven catches for 139 yards across five games. Before that, he registered 60 grabs for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots between 2018 and 2019. Gordon played in just 17 games for New England between those years — a common theme for Gordon between his off-the-field issues and constant suspensions. Technically speaking, his last pro football action came in the Fan Controlled Football League, alongside ex-teammate Johnny Manziel.

The Chiefs will likely part ways with one of their lower-tier receivers to make room. As of this writing, Gordon gives KC seven WRs in Tyreek HillMecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, Marcus Kemp, and Daurice Fountain.

Gordon, 30, has not played a full season since his 2012 rookie year. Still, we all remember his superstar potential as a young player — his 14-game 2013 campaign still sits sixth on the NFL’s receiving yards-per-game list (117.6). Before long, the Chiefs will add him to their world-class offense and find out whether he’s still got some juice left.

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NFL Reinstates WR Josh Gordon

The NFL is greenlighting another Josh Gordon chance. The league informed the embattled wide receiver he will be reinstated, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, who adds Gordon is expected to be eligible to play in Week 4 (Twitter link).

Gordon applied for yet another reinstatement in July. He has not played since the 2019 season, when a suspension ended his active-roster run with the Seahawks, and is eight years removed from his All-Pro campaign. But the veteran wideout has persisted, with the NFL’s relaxed drug policy benefiting these repeated comeback efforts.

Now 30, Gordon is certainly not the player he once was. And the ex-Browns standout is one of the most unreliable performers in modern NFL history. He has not played a full season since his 2012 rookie year. Gordon played in the startup Fan Controlled Football league earlier this year, joining ex-teammate Johnny Manziel. While it looked like Gordon’s NFL career was over at that point, he has battled back yet again for reinstatement.

The Seahawks showed considerable patience with Gordon, keeping him on their roster throughout 2020. It looked like a Gordon return would commence for last year’s Seattle squad. The NFL reinstated him in December 2020, paving the way for a late-season Seahawks return. The team activated him in late December, but another substance-abuse setback nixed that path. After the NFL rescinded Gordon’s 2020 reinstatement, the Seahawks released Gordon earlier this year.

Gordon will be eligible to sign with any team, though widespread interest is unlikely. He caught 27 passes for 426 yards and one touchdown in 2019, splitting the year in New England and Seattle. Gordon showed superstar potential as a young player, and his 14-game 2013 season still sits sixth on the NFL’s receiving yards-per-game list (117.6). But he missed most of the 2014 season due to a substance-abuse ban and did not play in 2015 or ’16. The NFL did not reinstate Gordon until December 2017, and although he finished that season with the Browns, he did not make it through the ’18 slate with the Patriots, who waived him midway through the 2019 season. Gordon made it through five games with the Seahawks before his 2019 ban, which included a PED violation.

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NFLPA Recommends Reinstatement For WR Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon‘s quest to return to the NFL took a positive turn today. The NFLPA determined that the embattled wideout “successfully completed his NFL-monitored treatment program,” tweets ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As a result, the NFLPA has recommended to the NFL that Gordon be reinstated.

We heard back in July that Gordon had officially submitted his reinstatement letter to the league office and commissioner Roger Goodell, and the receiver was hoping to be in training camp with a new squad. Gordon still needs Goodell to sign off on that reinstatement letter, but that’d be one of the final steps to Gordon returning to the league. Per Schefter, the receiver is “ready to play and vaccinated,” so all he’d need after reinstatement is a contract offer.

Gordon was a first-team All-Pro in 2013 when he led the league in receiving yards with 1,646 in only 14 games, but things quickly unraveled after that. He’s been suspended numerous times, and last played in 2019 when he appeared in six games with New England and five with Seattle. Gordon’s most recent reinstatement was rescinded in February, making him once again suspended indefinitely. He was then released by the Seahawks in early March.

The NFL was reportedly giving the 30-year-old random drug tests for the past three months, and Gordon was “said to have passed all tests.” The NFLPA has corroborated that report, and now the league’s commissioner controls the fate of Gordon’s NFL future.

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Josh Gordon Applies For Reinstatement

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Receiver Josh Gordon has officially submitted his reinstatement letter to the league office and commissioner Roger Goodell, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Gordon’s most recent reinstatement was rescinded in February, making him once again suspended indefinitely. He was then released by the Seahawks in early March. He said a few weeks later that he hoped to eventually return to the NFL again, and now he’s making moves in that direction. Schefter notes that Gordon “hopes to be with a team for training camp.”

He also reports that the NFL has been giving the former Brown and Patriot random drug tests for the past three months, and that Gordon is “said to have passed all tests.” That’s great news, and hopefully he can keep it up. Gordon, of course, appeared on the verge of becoming a superstar with Cleveland back in the day before substance abuse issues derailed his career.

He was a first-team All-Pro in 2013 when he led the league in receiving yards with 1,646 in only 14 games, but things quickly unraveled after that. He’s been suspended numerous times, and last played in 2019 when he appeared in six games with New England and five with Seattle.

He only just turned 30, so he should have plenty left in the tank physically. Whether he can keep things in order off the field is an entirely different question, and he likely won’t have teams beating down his door assuming Goodell even approves another reinstatement.

He won’t get much, if any, guaranteed money, and will need to settle for a short prove-it deal if he gets cleared by the league. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear more.

Josh Gordon Hopes To Return To NFL

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Currently under an indefinite suspension, wide receiver Josh Gordon says he hopes to eventually return to the NFL (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter).

Gordon was released by the Seahawks earlier this month following his latest ban. That led him to the Fan Controlled Football league, where he teamed up with old pal Johnny Manziel.

Gordon, 29, was activated to the Seahawks’ roster in December. Ultimately, he wasn’t able to take the field in 2020. His last action came in 2019, when he played in eleven total games — six for the Patriots and five for the Seahawks. Despite Gordon’s off-the-field issues, Pete Carroll was taking the patient approach with Gordon, hoping that he’d develop into a high-end weapon for Russell Wilson.

Still, the football world is rooting for Gordon to get his life on track. And, still, every evaluator remembers Gordon’s unbelievable 2013 season with the Browns when he notched 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

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Seahawks Release Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon officially won’t be returning to the NFL with the Seahawks. Seattle has released the embattled wide receiver, as Tom Pelissero of NFL Network tweets.

It’s an expected move, especially after we heard last week that Gordon was planning on playing in the startup Fan Controlled Football League that’s affiliated with his close friend Johnny Manziel. Gordon is still only 29 and could theoretically always return to the NFL one day, but clearly Seattle doesn’t have any intention of waiting around any longer. Back in January, the league rescinded Gordon’s reinstatement and he’s now suspended indefinitely again.

Gordon appeared on the verge of taking the field for a while, and was activated to the roster by the Seahawks in December, but ultimately his personal issues got in the way once again. Of course, he never ended up playing in a game for Seattle in 2020. He played in six games with the Patriots and five with the Seahawks in 2019.

The team appeared committed to developing him into a new weapon for Russell Wilson at a low price, but it never worked out and included plenty of hiccups along the way. Never say never with Gordon, but it appears likely at this point that he’s played his final NFL down. It feels like a lifetime ago that he had his 1,646 yard and nine touchdown season with Cleveland back in 2013.

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Josh Gordon To Play In Fan Controlled Football League

Josh Gordon‘s most recent attempt at NFL reinstatement did not end with him playing during the 2020 season. The former All-Pro will try his hand at something quite different soon.

Gordon will play in the recently launched Fan Controlled Football league, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter).

The NFL rescinded Gordon’s reinstatement officially last month. Previously, he was on track to return late last season as a Seahawk. The Seahawks re-signed the oft-suspended pass catcher last year, doing so after claiming him on waivers in 2019 and using him in five games that year. A suspension ended Gordon’s 2019 season as well.

Fan Controlled Football, with which ex-Gordon Browns teammate Johnny Manziel is affiliated, is a seven-on-seven league that allows fans to call plays. Gordon will play for the Zappers, with whom Manziel plays, according to the team’s owner.

Gordon and Manziel played together on the 2014 Browns, though neither played much that season. Brian Hoyer quarterbacked the Browns for most of the 2014 campaign, and a 10-game Gordon suspension — which was an unfortunate harbinger of things to come — shelved him for most of the year as well. During Manziel’s second and final NFL season (2015), Gordon served a season-long suspension. But they are evidently set to reunite in one of the more unusual football leagues to emerge.

The Seahawks kept Gordon on their roster after his reinstatement effort failed. He will be an NFL free agent on March 17. Nearing 30 and still suspended, Gordon would not stand to generate too much interest on the market this year.

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