Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
2 months ago

Gordon signed his $790,000 exclusive rights free agent tender Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thanks to a series of suspensions, the 27-year-old wideout has only two accrued seasons in the NFL. He'll be a restricted free agent next year if he can stay out of trouble, and he's gotten off to a good start by reporting Monday for the start of the Browns' offseason program. Gordon will compete with Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman for targets from Tyrod Taylor, who is expected to enter Week 1 as the Browns' starting quarterback. Head coach Hue Jackson said he's committed to Taylor for 2018, even though the Browns likely will use the No. 1 overall pick on a signal-caller. Gordon made his first regular-season appearances since 2014 this past December, catching 18 of 43 targets for 335 yards (7.8 YPT) and a touchdown in five games to close out the season. He has the physical traits of a high-end No. 1 receiver, but there's no guarantee he gets the target volume to match, especially after the Browns signed Landry to a massive extension.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
3 months ago

The Browns extended a $790,000 tender to Gordon, an exclusive rights free agent, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is a mere formality, as Gordon has only accrued two years of NFL service time and thus can't become a restricted free agent until next offseason. He returned from his lengthy run of suspensions in December, catching 18 of 43 targets for 335 yards and a touchdown in five games. Gordon will turn 27 in April, shortly before the Browns begin their offseason workout program. He'll have more competition for targets following the trade for Jarvis Landry, but it's also fair to expect a boost in efficiency with Landry and Tyrod Taylor now in Cleveland.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
4 months ago

Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent rather than a restricted free agent this offseason, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon, whose return to the Browns on Dec. 3 against the Chargers marked his first NFL action in nearly three years, finished the past campaign with five appearances, which wasn't enough for him to accrue a full season of service time. The extensive time Gordon has missed due to suspension will keep him under club control through at least 2018 and prevent him from negotiating with other teams this spring. Assuming he can stay on the straight and narrow during the offseason, Gordon, who caught 18 passes for 335 yards and a score in his five outings, profiles as the Browns' clear top pass-catching option during the upcoming season.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
6 months ago

Gordon caught four of seven targets for 115 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon was the main factor in DeShone Kizer's career passing day, going over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season. The bulk of his production came on a 54-yard gain which was initially ruled a touchdown, only for replay to reveal that he stepped out of bounds just before the end zone. Gordon returned from a lengthy absence in Week 13, but the 335 receiving yards he posted over the remainder of the campaign put him on pace for over 1,000 when extrapolated over 16 games. Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent after the season, but his display over the final weeks of the season should entice teams to spend on him as a potential gamebreaker on the outside.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
6 months ago

Gordon brought in two of eight targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon turned in his least productive effort since making his season debut in Week 13, and DeShone Kizer's inaccurate throws certainly didn't help his cause. Additionally, as per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Gordon was also apparently fighting an illness. Despite the disappointing stat line Sunday, the 26-year-old has certainly proven he still possesses plenty of play-making ability despite a nearly two-year layoff due to suspensions. He'll look to wrap up his comeback season in better fashion against the Steelers in Week 17.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
6 months ago5 Comments

Gordon finished with five catches (11 targets) for a team-high 47 yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon continues to be DeShone Kizer's favorite target among the receiving corps, but the quarterback's lack of accuracy is limiting Gordon's value. The 26-year-old wideout has been targeted 28 times since making his return to the team, though he has just 12 receptions to show for it. Some of that blame falls on Gordon, as he's been the culprit of a handful of drops, but much of it should rest on Kizer's shoulders. Whether he's missing open looks or throwing into tight coverage, Kizer needs to do a better job of getting the ball into Gordon's hands in order for Gordon to be a trustworthy and consistent fantasy option.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
6 months ago

Gordon caught three of six targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon picked up 38 yards on Cleveland's first snap and finished the opening drive with an 18-yard score, but Corey Coleman and Duke Johnson played larger roles in the passing game for the rest of the afternoon. Gordon still finished tied with Coleman for the team lead in targets, with DeShone Kizer attempting only 28 passes in a game that saw Isaiah Crowell rumble for 121 yards on 19 carries. Gordon gets a tricker matchup Week 15 against Baltimore, though the Ravens did recently lose top cornerback Jimmy Smith to a torn Achilles.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
7 months ago

Gordon hauled in four of 11 targets for a team-high 85 yards during Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

In his first game since Dec. 21, 2014, Gordon picked up right where he left off, and could've had an even bigger day if it weren't for some misfires from DeShone Kizer. Still, the 26-year-old dominated the targets and led the team in receptions and yards. He's clearly Kizer's new favorite target, and his production should only improve as the two continue to build a stronger rapport. Because he hasn't played in nearly three years, Gordon is a risky play as the fantasy playoffs are set to begin in most leagues, but the payoff could ultimately be huge, especially if he sees double-digit targets.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
7 months ago

Browns head coach Hue Jackson has a "load of plays" set up for Gordon, who will return from suspension to make his season debut Sunday against the Chargers, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Schefter adds that Jackson's game plan will limit the Browns' other wide receivers from a designed-play standpoint, suggesting that Gordon will be set up to pace the team in targets in his first game since Dec. 21, 2014. While that offers encouragement for Gordon's fantasy prospects over the final five games, his dearth of NFL action the last three years coupled with the extensive coverage he'll likely receive from a quality cornerback in Casey Heyward on Sunday might inhibit the wideout's upside to some degree.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (11)
7 months ago

Gordon (suspension), who was reinstated from the Reserve/Commissioner's Exempt list on Thursday, will start and "play a lot" Sunday against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The report more or less backs up what head coach Hue Jackson said a few days earlier, as Gordon has drawn rave reviews while practicing for the last two weeks and has quickly picked up the offense, leaving the team with few concerns about his ability to return to his 2013 All-Pro form. Because Gordon hasn't played in a competitive game in nearly three years, it may be worthwhile to curb expectations to some extent in his season debut, but it nonetheless sounds like the wideout could be targeted early and often in the contest.