Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon
28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New England Patriots
Injury Knee
Wed Practice: DNP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Six years removed from his season for the ages, it's amazing we're still talking about this guy. But the 28-year-old Gordon signed his $2 million restricted free-agent tender with the Patriots in April, and there's no better situation for an unestablished receiver, given tight end Rob Gronkowski's retirement and the team's lack of depth at wide receiver beyond 33-year-old Julian Edelman. (The team did add N'Keal Harry with the 32nd overall pick, but the rookie landed on short-term IR to start the season). At 6-3, 225, and with 4.52 speed, Gordon is the whole package - tall, immensely strong, powerful, and fast for his size. Last year was his first season of regular use since his 2013 breakout, and despite six drops on 72 targets, the per-play numbers were excellent - 18.0 YPC, 10.2 YPT, three receptions of 40-plus yards. The rub here is Gordon shut himself down for the season after Week 15 with mental health concerns and was later suspended indefinitely by the NFL for multiple violations of its substance abuse policy. Reinstated in August, Gordon will still have to compete for targets and not relapse. But the upside is being Tom Brady's No. 1 outside target. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.03 million contract with the Patriots in April of 2019.
Expected to be waived when healthy
WRNew England Patriots
October 23, 2019
Gordon (knee) is expected to be waived off IR by the Patriots once he's fully healthy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Per Rapoport, Gordon is dealing with two bone bruises in his knee, but once the wideout recovers from that, it looks like the Patriots plan to move on. With that in mind, Albert Breer of suggests that Gordon's knee woes are minor and he could be medically cleared soon. Assuming he's let go by the Patriots after the NFL trade deadline, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes that Gordon would be subject to waivers. In any case, it looks like Gordon could be back on the field before too long, but the Patriots will now proceed with a wide receiver corps headed by Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett, which also figures to be bolstered by the looming return of first-round draft pick N'Keal Harry.
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How do Josh Gordon's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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2019 Josh Gordon Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Josh Gordon's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Hand Length, Arm Length, 40-Yard Dash, Vertical Jump, Broad Jump, and Bench Press metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
6' 3"
225 lbs
40-Yard Dash*
4.52 sec
Vertical Jump*
35.5 in
Broad Jump*
122 in
Bench Press*
13 reps
Hand Length*
10.00 in
Arm Length*
33.25 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
That Gordon is back in the league at all is itself a surprise. Prior to his reinstatement, he hadn't played since 2014, and it turned out he didn't merely fall victim to the NFL's draconian marijuana policy, but was actually playing drunk and high in 2013 when he set the league ablaze (no pun intended) en route to 1,646 yards in 14 games. Ostensibly sober, Gordon, now 27, will attempt to reprise the success, if not the conditions under which he achieved it, in 2018. We saw a glimpse of what he could do in five games last year - 18.6 YPC, 8.0 YPT on 42 targets despite no training camp or practice for most of the year, with erratic rookie QB DeShone Kizer under center. At 6-3, 225, and with 4.52 combine speed (though there were reports he was running sub-4.4 during his workouts last year), Gordon is the prototype No. 1 receiver who can make plays anywhere on the field. During his massive 2013, he was a deep threat, a red-zone presence and someone who could break tackles after the catch. Heading into 2018, the Browns have upgraded their QB situation significantly with Tyrod Taylor, who was able to connect on deep balls to Sammy Watkins in Buffalo. The Browns also used the No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield, who will compete for the starting job in camp. Keep in mind Gordon did major damage with Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell five years ago, so this is the first time he's ever been paired with even an adequate signal-caller. It remains to be seen whether at 27, and with three seasons out of the league, Gordon is still the same player. He was excused from the start of training camp to focus on his mental health, but he returned to the team Aug. 18 and should still have time to get ready for Week 1.
Gordon still remains on the Browns' roster, even though he hasn't taken the field since 2014, when he took the league by storm as the lone bright spot in the offense. In May, the 26-year-old was denied reinstatement by the NFL due to multiple substance abuse violations, leaving his next opportunity to apply sometime this fall. If he's eventually reinstated, the Browns have said they'll consider keeping the troubled wideout, but that debate can only occur once the league gives the green light. Until then, Gordon will be unable to take part in any team activities as the unfortunate saga continues for one of the league's former shining stars. All this being sad, even if Gordon is cleared for a comeback, it could take him quite some time to get back into game shape, and even then it remains unknown what type of role he would fill in the offense.
The good news is that Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL after he serves a four-game suspension to start the season. That said, it's possible simply too much time has gone by, and he'll never recapture the greatness of 2013. But Gordon just turned 25, and let's not forget he was the best WR in the NFL despite playing with some of the league's worst QBs. At 6-3, 225, Gordon has elite size, and his 4.52 40 is plenty fast for a physically-dominant WR. It remains to be seen what the Browns have in store for Gordon, both in the short-term and come Week 5, but the talented receiver -- who last played in an NFL game back in December of 2014 -- has the upside to reemerge as a fantasy factor in 2016, while giving the Browns a dangerous pass-catching option at wideout opposite highly-touted rookie Corey Coleman.
Gordon was handed a one-year suspension by the NFL on for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy and will thus sit out the 2015 season.
Gordon tested positive for marijuana this offseason, which resulted in a one-year suspension that was eventually upheld on appeal. He will be able to apply for reinstatement next year. It's a huge hit to the Browns' offense, as Gordon was coming off a season in which he didn’t just lead the league in receiving. He led it by 147 yards – in only 14 games. Gordon accomplished this feat while catching passes from the trio of Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer. At 6-3, 225 and with 4.5-speed, Gordon has prototypical No. 1 receiver size and speed. He led the NFL with nine catches of 40-plus yards and 28 catches of 20-yards or more – despite serving a two-game suspension to start the year. Among receivers with 100 or more targets, Gordon was first in yards per catch (18.9) and second only to DeSean Jackson with 10.4 yards per target (YPT), despite playing for a team that finished 29th with 6.4 YPA.
The Browns took a chance on Gordon, forgoing a second-round pick to draft him in the supplemental round last year, and it panned out. Gordon managed a robust 8.5 YPT and 16.1 YPC on a below-average passing team, while scoring five touchdowns on just 95 targets. At 6-3, 221 and with 4.5 speed, Gordon is a prototypical No. 1 target with red-zone size and enough explosiveness to beat defenses deep. He enters 2013 as the team's No. 1 receiver and its most dangerous outside playmaker as Greg Little has shown himself to be little more than a possession threat, and only an average one at that. Just keep in mind Gordon is suspended for the regular season's first two games after violating the league's substance abuse policy.
After failing to address the wide receiver position in April's draft until selecting Travis Benjamin in the fourth round, the Browns made a splash when they took Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft. It's a calculated risk as he missed all of 2011 after being suspended from Baylor before transferring to Utah. In his sophomore season in 2010 at Baylor he posted 42 catches for 714 yards (17.0 YPC) and seven touchdowns. He has the prototypical size (6-foot-3) and speed (4.52 40-time) to be successful at the professional level, but it's unclear how much rust he'll have to knock off first. The opportunity is there for Gordon as there isn't a tremendous amount of talent in Cleveland he must leap to get looks, and the Browns made a significant commitment to get him by sacrificing next year's second rounder, so he could be an interesting sleeper pick in the later rounds of drafts this summer.
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Lands on IR
WRNew England Patriots
October 23, 2019
The Patriots have placed Gordon (knee) on IR, Mike Reiss of reports.
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Present for walk-through practice
WRNew England Patriots
October 23, 2019
Gordon (knee/ankle) was spotted at Wednesday's walk-through practice, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Ruled out versus Jets
WRNew England Patriots
October 19, 2019
Gordon (knee) is ruled out for Monday's divisional contest against the Jets, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
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Likely out Monday
WRNew England Patriots
October 19, 2019
The expectation is that Gordon (knee) will not play in Monday's matchup with the Jets, Mike Reiss of reports.
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Not practicing Friday
WRNew England Patriots
October 18, 2019
Gordon (knee/ankle) wasn't present for the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Mike Reiss of reports.
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