Josh Gordon

Chiefs WR Josh Gordon On Roster Bubble?

Josh Gordon is on the roster bubble in Kansas City. ESPN’s Adam Teicher writes that “it’s difficult to see a place” for Gordon on the Chiefs roster.

The Chiefs have seen plenty of turnover at wide receiver this offseason, with Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson, and Marcus Kemp all out of the picture. The team reworked their depth chart via free agency (JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling) and via the draft (second-round pick Skyy Moore), and that trio of wideouts will make up most of the Chiefs’ WR depth. The Chiefs are also still rostering Mecole Hardman, who is another presumable lock to make the roster.

While the Chiefs will obviously roster more than four receivers, Teicher opines that Gordon’s lack of special teams production makes him a long shot to make the squad. Instead, the Chiefs could pivot to a WR with more versatility. Teicher points to Daurice Fountain as a candidate for that fifth receiver spot, but the Chiefs are also rostering the likes of Corey Coleman, Justin Watson, and Gary Jennings (among others).

“They all bring something different to the table and that’s the unique part about it,” offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy told reporters (via Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star). “I think there’s going to be a lot of diversity because everybody presents something different, so it’s going to be new. It’s going to be exciting.”

Gordon restarted another NFL comeback when he joined the Chiefs last September. He eventually made his way on to the active roster and ended up starting seven of his 12 games with Kansas City, hauling in five receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown. Gordon hasn’t seen time in 16+ games since his rookie year in 2012, and considering his continued suspensions, Gordon seemed like he’d be hard pressed to make Kansas City’s roster in 2022. Of course, many of us thought the same in 2021, and he ended up getting into a dozen games for the Chiefs.

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 2/2/22

Today’s reserve/futures deals from around the NFL:

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

San Francisco 49ers

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 1/25/22

Today’s taxi squad moves:

Cincinnati Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Rams

Chiefs Waive Josh Gordon, Intend To Sign Him To PS

The Chiefs announced that they are waiving wide receiver Josh Gordon. However, they intend to re-sign him to the Practice Squad in the event he isn’t claimed by another team (Twitter link via NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero). 

Gordon signed with the Chiefs in September in an attempt to make another NFL comeback. He began on the taxi squad, allowing him time to get comfortable with the team’s playbook, before getting elevated to the 53-man roster for the first time in Week 5.

His time in Kansas City represented the first NFL action he had seen since December 2019. That year concluded with a five-game stint in Seattle, which wasn’t nearly as productive as his 17 games (split across two seasons) with the Patriots before, which saw him post 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. The 30-year-old appeared in 12 regular season games with Kansas City, totalling five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Gordon has played a full season only once – his rookie season in 2012 with the Browns. The following year showed everyone why he had so much potential, as he posted 1,646 receiving yards en route to All-Pro honors. Since then, he has been in and out of the league, bouncing around to four different teams. For now, assuming he isn’t claimed, he will look to provide experienced wide receiver depth for the Chiefs as they prepare to host a fourth consecutive AFC Championship game.

NFL COVID List Updates: 12/22/21

We’ve compiled a list of players who were placed or activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list today. In some instances (including Christian McCaffrey and Travis Etienne), players activated from the list remain on IR:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Placed on list: T Le’Raven Clark

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team

Minor NFL Transactions:  12/13/21

Today’s minor moves:

Buffalo Bills

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Kansas City Chiefs

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Washington Football Team

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.

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.

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.