Josh Gordon

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #12
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #12
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Josh Gordon News

Sticking with Kansas City

Kansas City signed Gordon to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Gordon joined Kansas City's practice squad in late September after being reinstated from his indefinite suspension, and he spent most of the season on the active roster. However, he secured just five of 14 targets for 32 yards and a touchdown across 12 regular-season appearances. The 30-year-old will attempt to carve out a larger role in the system during the offseason.

Feb 2, 2022 1:46 PM EST


Joins Kansas City practice squad

Gordon has been signed to Kansas City's practice squad, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.

Analysis: Gordon was waived by the Chiefs on Monday and the expectation at the time was that he'd land on the team's practice squad assuming he cleared waivers. With that having happened and the move now official, Gordon provides Kansas City with added wideout depth ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Bengals. In 12 regular-season appearances, the 30-year-old caught five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets.

Jan 26, 2022 2:58 PM EST



Goes unclaimed on waivers

Gordon cleared waivers Tuesday, after which the Chiefs are expected to sign him to the practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Since joining the Chiefs' active roster in early October, Gordon was unable to make much headway in the team's receiving corps, topping out at a 43 percent snap share Week 10, missing Week 15 due to a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list and being inactive for both playoff games to date. Once he's officially back on the practice squad, he'll likely vie with Daurice Fountain for elevation for as long as Kansas City remains alive in the postseason.

Jan 25, 2022 3:01 PM EST


Cut by Kansas City

The Chiefs waived Gordon on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Kansas City's decision to cut Gordon doesn't come out of nowhere -- the 30-year-old wideout had been a healthy inactive for both of the Chiefs' first two postseason games. The Chiefs reportedly plan to sign Gordon to their practice squad, but he'll first have to go unclaimed off waivers by the NFL's other 31 teams. After signing a one-year deal with Kansas City in early October, Gordon suited up in 12 regular-season contests and recorded five receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets.

Jan 24, 2022 1:54 PM EST


Healthy scratch once again

Gordon (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Bills, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Gordon played a minimal role for Kansas City during the regular season, and he'll be a healthy scratch for the second straight playoff game. His absence shouldn't significantly impact the Chiefs' offensive plans.

Jan 23, 2022 2:27 PM EST



Inactive against Pittsburgh

Gordon (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Steelers, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports.

Analysis: Gordon played a minimal role for Kansas City during the regular season, and he'll be a healthy scratch to begin the playoffs. His absence shouldn't significantly impact the Chiefs' plans on offense.

Jan 16, 2022 4:21 PM EST


2021 season falls flat

Gordon didn't catch his lone target in the regular-season finale versus the Broncos on Saturday.

Analysis: Gordon was minutely used on offense after joining the Chiefs midseason, finishing out the campaign with only five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. He's likely past the point in his career where we can expect a resurgence and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent again following the season.

Jan 14, 2022 1:52 PM EST


Adss another catch to season tally

Gordon reeled in his only target for five yards Sunday versus the Bengals.

Analysis: Gordon hasn't seen a ton of action for the Chiefs overall and has just five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown to his name since joining the Chiefs. The veteran wideout isn't what he once was, given his extended layoff from action, and it doesn't appear like he will be much of a receiving threat for the Chiefs down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Jan 4, 2022 11:41 AM EST


Another silent day

Gordon was unable to corral any of his three targets during Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: ON a positive note, Gordon did match his season-high mark for targets, but it came amidst just eight offensive snaps (12 percent) compared to the 1much larger snap counts he had posted over the previous six games. That being said, Godon was also just returning from a COVID-19 absence, so it's possible he wasn't quite 100 percent for this one. He's unlikely to be much of a fantasy factor even once he's back to full strength.

Dec 28, 2021 6:15 PM EST


Back at practice

Gordon is off the reserve/COVID-19 list and returned to practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Gordon's return to the mix bolsters Kansas City's wideout depth ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers. With Tyreek Hill on on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Gordon, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman are candidates to log extra work in Week 16 if Hill isn't cleared to suit up versus Pittsburgh.

Dec 22, 2021 11:41 AM EST


Won't play Thursday

Gordon (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Thursday's game against the Chargers, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gordon tested positive for the virus Monday so it's not a major surprise he didn't clear the health and safety protocols on short week. He'll have some extra time to clear the protocols before the Dec. 26 matchup with the Steelers.

Dec 16, 2021 3:42 PM EST


Tests positive for COVID-19

Gordon was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after testing positive for the virus, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gordon caught two of three targets for nine yards and a touchdown, his first since 2019, during Sunday's win over the Raiders, but he's now landed on the reserve list. The 30-year-old will only have a few days to clear the health and safety protocols before Thursday's matchup with the Chargers.

Dec 13, 2021 3:13 PM EST


Logs just 12 snaps

Gordon played just 12 offensive snaps and didn't receive a target Sunday against the Broncos.

Analysis: Coach Andy Reid indicated a few weeks back that Gordon should be more involved in the offense in the future, but we haven't seen that come to fruition up to this point. Gordon has just two catches to his name in the eight games he's played with the Chiefs and doesn't appear to be trending in the right direction as far as playing time goes, logging just 22 percent of the offensive snaps this week compared to 42 percent in the team's last game versus the Cowboys. Gordon is safe to leave on the waiver wire until he sees a major uptick in snaps and draws more looks in the passing attack.

Dec 7, 2021 9:02 AM EST


Catches one pass

Gordon secured one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 19-9 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Gordon played on 43 percent of the Chiefs' offensive snaps Sunday, matching his season-high from Week 10. The wideout's playing time has increased throughout the season, but it hasn't translated into much fantasy production. Gordon will look to get more involved in Kansas City's passing attack following the team's Week 12 bye when the Chiefs host the Broncos on Dec. 5.

Nov 24, 2021 7:41 AM EST


To be more involved

Coach Andy Reid indicated Monday that he's expressed to Gordon that it's only a matter of time before the wideout is a productive member of the offense, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Reid also suggested that Gordon needs to remain patient but that his opportunities are supposedly on the way. Gordon did log a season-high 32 snaps against the Raiders on Sunday, but he has just one catch to his name in the six weeks since joining Kansas City and has been targeted just four total times. Until we begin to see a bit more in the way of looks his direction, Gordon can safely remain on the waiver wire in most formats and a stash, at most, in some deep formats.

Nov 16, 2021 10:29 AM EST


Fails to reel in lone target

Gordon couldn't haul in his only target Monday versus the Giants.

Analysis: While Gordon didn't do much of anything offensively, it is encouraging that he saw a bump to a 40 percent offensive snap share after playing no more than 14 percent through his first three games. Even so, it's still probably best to wait for some form of production on his end before considering him for fantasy lineups and rosters.

Nov 2, 2021 1:24 PM EST


Another silent week

Gordon failed to reel in his lone target Sunday versus the Titans.

Analysis: Gordon didn't see any real increase in his playing time in this one, logging just eight offensive snaps. Through three weeks, he hasn't played more than 11 offensive snaps in a game and has just two targets to his name. Its unclear at this point if he is still working to get the Chiefs' playbook down or if he's simply just a depth option moving forward, but Gordon is far from a viable fantasy option at this point.

Oct 26, 2021 11:10 AM EST


Goes without target

Gordon didn't draw a target on any of his 11 snaps Sunday versus Washington.

Analysis: A report during the week suggested Gordon could be in line for more reps Sunday. While it was technically the case, the increase was just from eight to 11, hardly enough for him to do much from a fantasy perspective. It's unclear exactly how much Gordon has left in the tank at this point, so he's likely just a stash option in some deeper leagues at the moment.

Oct 19, 2021 11:14 AM EST


Figures to see more reps Sunday

Coach Andy Reid revealed that Gordon was expected to see around 20 snaps last week but was limited to eight because the Chiefs had to use hurry-up offense more than expected, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

Analysis: Gordon thus should have more of a role in the offense this week against Washington and could see his usage continue to increase if he plays well and starts to get the playbook down. Gordon isn't at the point yet where he's ready to deliver returns on a fantasy scale but that could be part of the mix down the road.

Oct 13, 2021 10:33 AM EST


Limited snaps in debut

Gordon reeled in his lone target for 11 yards Sunday night versus the Bills.

Analysis: Gordon played just eight offensive snaps, likely due to begin unfamiliar with the playbook but did manage to scratch out a reception in his debut with the team. Given the lack of production from other wide receivers on the roster, Gordon could stand a chance to carve out a consistent role on offense once he gets the playbook down.

Oct 12, 2021 10:29 AM EST


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