Josh Gordon is eligible to play in his first NFL game since 2014 this week against the LA Chargers. Browns head coach, Hue Jackson already came out and said that Gordon will start the game, “I have big plans for him. I plan for him to play and play as much as he can handle.”
Gordon had been suspended by the NFL because of repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He was officially reinstated November 1st and began practicing with the team November 20th.
Josh Gordon is elite when he plays. And even though it seems like he has not played in forever, he is still just 26-years-old. Gordon only has 35 NFL games under his belt, but what he was able to accomplish in those games is astonishing. As a rookie in 2012, Gordon played in all 16 games, starting 13 of them, catching 50 passes for 805 yards and 5 TDs. But his best year was his second season. In only 14 games, Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,646, on 87 catches and 9 TDs. In his first two seasons, Gordon became fourth all-time in yardage for a player’s first two years in the NFL with 2,451 yards, behind Odell Beckham Jr, Randy Moss and Jerry Rice. In 2014, Gordon only played in 5 games, where he had 24 catches for 303 yards, before being suspended.
Gordon is a freak athlete. His size and speed are scary for opposing defensive backs, and I want to believe he will take the league by storm in the remaining 5 games and maybe even get Cleveland a win or two. We all know how nasty Gordon is, his production will likely depend on his chemistry with DeShone Kizer. With Kizer slinging it to Gordon and Corey Coleman, the Browns offense should boast much more play-making ability.
The Browns will not have it easy this week however, going up against the 5-6 Chargers, who are very much in the AFC playoff mix right now. The Chargers have a solid defense, compiling 14 interceptions, 32 sacks and 4 defensive TDs. It is likely that Casey Hayward will line-up against Gordon, which will be an entertaining matchup to watch.
I’m excited to see Gordon back out there. The NFL is exciting when there are plenty of wide receivers that possess big play ability, and Gordon is one of those guys.
“Ultimately my goal is to be the best wide receiver of all time – that’s always been my goal and I think it’s been reaffirmed for me time and time again,” Gordon said. “Now being back in a situation to do it, I plan on seeing it through.”
There you have it, he’s back and thinks he will be the best wide receiver ever, now it’s just time to enjoy the elite level Gordon will be playing at.