Josh Gordon
WR CLE (9)
5 days 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 (9)
2 weeks 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 (9)
2 weeks 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 (9)
2 weeks 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.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (9)
2 weeks ago

The Browns reinstated Gordon (suspension) from the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, the transaction formally clears the way for Gordon to suit up Sunday against the Chargers, in what will mark his season debut and first NFL appearance since Dec. 21, 2014. Browns head coach Hue Jackson has already announced that Gordon, who resumed practicing with the team a little less than two weeks ago, will start against Los Angeles, according to Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site, making the 2013 All-Pro an intriguing speculative lineup option right off the bat. Jackson also said earlier this week that he intends to have Gordon play as much as possible, so it wouldn't be surprising if he finished the day as the Browns' top target.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (9)
2 weeks ago

Gordon (suspension), who is in line to be activated from the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list in advance of Sunday's game against the Chargers, is slated to start at wideout for the Browns in his looming return to action, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon's upside is undeniable, but the talented wideout hasn't suited up for an NFL contest since Dec. 21, 2014 and joins the offense of an 0-11 team helmed by a rookie QB in DeShone Kizer. It's a context that makes the 26-year-old's statistical floor in Week 13 difficult to project, but should Gordon click with Kizer, he could be a fantasy factor down the stretch. This week, however, he's a speculative play, albeit a very intriguing one.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (9)
3 weeks ago

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Gordon will play "as much as possible" when the wide receiver returns from suspension for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Patrick Maks of the Browns' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Browns are expected to formally activate Gordon from the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list Friday and won't waste any time in reintegrating the 26-year-old, who led the league in receiving yardage in his last full season in 2013. That being said, it's unlikely Gordon will be asked to take on a full workload in his first NFL game in nearly three yards, so expectations for his Week 13 production should be tempered. If Gordon picks up where he left off prior to the suspension and proves to be a reliable option for young quarterback DeShone Kizer in Week 13, he could quickly surpass Corey Coleman for the top spot on the depth chart.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (9)
3 weeks ago

The Browns likely will wait until Friday to activate Gordon (suspension) from the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team seems to have already made the decision to bring Gordon back for Sunday's game, but waiting until Friday allows more time to decide who he'll replace on the 53-man roster. He's been around the Browns since early November and began practicing with the team last week, drawing rave reviews from both reporters and coaches. While a regular starter's workload shouldn't be assumed on the heels of a three-year layoff, Gordon should have a significant role in the Week 13 gameplan against a scorching-hot Chargers defense. He could even push Corey Coleman for No. 1 receiver status by the end of the year.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (9)
3 weeks ago1 Comment

The Browns plan to activate Gordon (suspension) from the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list when he's first eligible to return ahead of the team's Week 13 game against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

After he was granted conditional reinstatement from the NFL earlier this month, Gordon did everything the Browns asked of him before returning to practice during the past week. Observers have indicated that despite a nearly three-year layoff from NFL action, Gordon has looked good during practices, putting him on track to have a role in the Week 13 game plan. Because of the extensive time he's missed, Gordon probably won't be asked to play extended snaps right away, but once he's back up to full speed, he could emerge as one of the top targets in a porous Browns receiving corps.

Josh Gordon
WR CLE (9)
3 weeks ago

Gordon looked good at Wednesday's practice and still has the support of Browns head coach Hue Jackson, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "It's like Christmas,'' Jackson said. "I get to open a new toy. I know what's in that box, but I just want to see how good it is. It's exciting that he'll be back out there."

EDGE Analysis

Gordon worked out with the quarterbacks Monday but had to wait until Wednesday for his first official full-squad practice. It sounds like Jackson expects the 26-year-old wideout to step right into a key role when first eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chargers. Of course, Gordon will first need to prove that he's in good enough shape to handle a significant snap count -- something that shouldn't be taken as a given for a player who hasn't made an NFL appearance since December 2014. Even if he's a bit rusty, Gordon probably wouldn't take long to re-establish himself as an upgrade from the likes of Ricardo Louis, Kenny Britt, Rashard Higgins and Sammie Coates (ankle/knee). Jackson presumably is excited to see Gordon, Corey Coleman and DeShone Kizer all on the field together in a game