Josh Gordon WR CLE 5 Days7 Comments
Gordon caught three passes on four targets for 48 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
Gordon finished tied with Andrew Hawkins for the team lead in targets, but the former was the only Browns player to collect more than 10 receiving yards on the afternoon. He's clearly still the top option in the passing game, even with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel at the helm, but this may not necessarily translate to fantasy production over the final two games of the season. Gordon and the Browns will head to Carolina next week to face a pass defense that is allowing 241.5 passing yards per game.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 12 Days20 Comments
Gordon had two catches on seven targets for 15 yards in Sunday's loss to the Colts.
Gordon was tied with Andrew Hawkins for the team lead in targets, but was unable to make an impact from a fantasy standpoint. He even let a Brian Hoyer deep ball fall through his hands on the Browns' final drive of the game, which would have put his team in field goal range. With Vontae Davis (concussIon) out for the contest, many thought that Gordon would be poised for a big game, but this clearly did not come to fruition. The wideout will look to bounce back in Week 15 against the Bengals, the team that has allowed the lowest number of passing touchdowns in the league (11) entering Sunday's action.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 18 Days8 Comments
Gordon had seven catches on 13 targets for 75 yards Sunday against the Bills.
Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled with his accuracy again, and ended up getting benched in the fourth quarter for Johnny Manziel after he threw his second interception. Gordon continues to be the clear top receiving option in Cleveland, getting 29 targets in two games since serving his 10-game suspension, and while it remains unclear who will be under center in Week 14 against the Colts, Gordon is likely to be heavily-used again.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 26 Days13 Comments
Gordon had eight catches on 16 targets for 120 yards Sunday against the Falcons, his first game this season after serving a 10-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
There was talk before the game that Gordon may be limited to 20-30 snaps Sunday, but ESPN.com estimated that he played 25 of the Browns' 36 first-half snaps, and he played most of the last two quarters as well. For a player who had yet to play this season, he did not appear to be rusty at all, and he quickly re-established himself as the top receiving option on the team. He will likely have a tougher time in Week 13, at the Browns travel to face a Bills team that is allowing the seventh-fewest passing yards per game this season.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 26 Days13 Comments
Gordon, who is playing in his first game this season Sunday against the Falcons after serving a 10-game suspension, is expected to play 20-to-30 snaps, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Despite the limited play-count, the matchup is an excellent one for Gordon, who will be facing off against a Falcons defense that allows a league-high 281.2 passing yards per game this season.
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The Browns officially activated Gordon to their 53-man roster on Saturday, NFL.com reports.
The move was a formality, with the stage now officially set for Gordon, in his return to action after serving a 10-game suspension, to take aim Sunday at a Falcons' defense that is giving up a league-high average of 281.2 yards passing yards per game. While the report relays that the Browns have suggested that they plan to keep Gordon on a snap count Sunday, we suspect that the dynamic wideout will see enough work and targets in his first game back to help out his fantasy owners in Week 12.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 30 Days17 Comments
Falcons' coach Mike Smith said Thursday that he is expecting a "full game" out of Gordon when he suits up to take on the Falcons on Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
On the other hand, the Cleveland staff seems to be downplaying this notion. When reporters asked Browns' coach Mike Pettine if Gordon was in "football shape," he replied "I think the answer would have to be, no, at this point from not having played." Though Pettine seems inclined to limit Gordon out of the gate, it will certainly be difficult to keep him off the field if the 2014 NFL receiving yards leader starts making the big plays that show what a dynamic weapon he can be. Gordon brings an elite combination of size and speed to the table, and going up against the 32-ranked pass defense in the league, there's certainly big-game potential if he sees a high snap count. However, the Browns have been keen to temper expectations, and perhaps fantasy owners should as well, especially considering that it's the first time Gordon has seen live action since the preseason.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 30 Days5 Comments
Gordon returned to practice Wednesday, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The report relays that Gordon appeared to be in shape in his return to the practice field, adding that the wideout is expected to play Sunday against the Falcons. For his part, coach Mike Pettine noted Wednesday with regard to Gordon's practice reps this week, "we'll have him on pitch count. There needs to be a progression throughout the week."
Josh Gordon WR CLE 1 Month47 Comments
Gordon has been reinstated following his 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, NFL.com reports.
Per the report, Gordon has been cleared for normal activities with the Browns without restriction in advance of Week 12's game against the Falcons. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said last week that he would be "surprised" if Gordon wasn't ready for full-time duty upon his return to the team. Such a notion should be solidified as the practice week progresses, but with the Browns coming off a 23-7 loss to the Texans on Sunday, we suspect that the team will be less inclined to ease Gordon (who racked up 1,646 receiving yards in 14 games last season) back into the mix in his first game back.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 1 Month7 Comments
Gordon (suspension) is slated to return to the Browns on Monday, at which time he "will be clear to resume normal activities without restriction," per AFC director of football communications Jon Zimmer, ESPN.com reports.
With his 10-game suspension about to be completed, Gordon is poised to return to the Browns' wideout mix in advance of their Nov. 23 contest against the Falcons. Assuming things go well in practice next week, we suspect that the Browns will find ways to get Gordon the ball out of the gate. With that in mind, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan suggested that he'd "be surprised" if Gordon wasn't wasn't ready for immediate full-time duty.