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WR Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns

0-4, 221Born: 4-13-1991College: BaylorDrafted: ---

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Gordon is now suspended will for 10 games, and he will eligible to return in Week 12, which means he could play in five games of the typical fantasy season, including the three playoff weeks.

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General News (Sat Nov 22): was officially activated from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday, Nov. 22.

General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice. Gordon was "sore" after returning to practice Wednesday, Nov. 19, but the plan is to increase his activity each day this week, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Gordon was amped up and excited to take part in his first practice with the team this year Wednesday, Nov. 19, but Brian Hoyer cautioned that Gordon may need some time to acclimate to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's new offense. "It's not so much the physical aspect as knowing the plays, the heat of the battle," said Hoyer. "We do a lot of no-huddle stuff. Obviously, we're working with him on that." Hoyer mentioned that last year's offense was more set on getting the ball downfield, and he said he's never been one to force the ball to one specific player.

General News (Wed Nov 19): practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Nov. 19. Gordon looked happy and was in great shape, and he caught passes from the quarterbacks in the portion that was open to the media. Head coach Mike Pettine indicated that Gordon will be limited throughout the week. "The trap to fall into is, 'Hey, he's back and let's just go ahead and throw him out there for a bunch of plays.' There's certainly danger inherent in doing that and we have to be smart with how we do it and have a plan to progress through the week," Pettine said. Pettine also cautioned that Gordon isn't back to full football shape, and it'll take him some time to learn a new offense. However, Gordon has big plans in his return to game action in Week 12. He told NFL Media's Nate Burleson that he plans to tear up the league when he returns. "He told me: 'Starting on practice this Wednesday, I'm going to outwork everybody on the field,'" Burleson said Tuesday. "(He said) 'I'm going to try to evoke a pride in Cleveland that can hopefully lead us to the playoffs.' He's excited about coming back."

General News (Tue Nov 18): has been reinstated Monday, Nov. 17, after serving his 10-game suspension. Gordon will make his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12, and Falcons head coach Mike Smith doesn't expect the Browns to ease their best receiver back in. "Absolutely I do," Smith said. "They've stated that they want to get him out on the field as quickly as possible. And he's a game-changer. He's a guy that with the ball in his hands, he can make plays. So we're anticipating that we're going to get a full dose of him this week.' Gordon had a league-leading 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games in 2014. Smith said they aren't afraid to put Desmond Trufant, their best cornerback, in a shadow role on Gordon.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Brian Hoyer threw 50 passes last week in the chase position behind the Texans (Cleveland never led in the game) and wound up finishing Sunday with 20/50 for 330 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -13 yards. Andrew Hawkins (13 targets for 6/97/1 receiving) led the team in receiving while Taylor Gabriel also saw 13 targets (for 5/92/0 receiving). The lack of tight end Jordan Cameron (out due to concussion after effects) will be ameliorated this week as Josh Gordon finally returns from his 10-game suspension - just as the Browns' passing attack is heating up. Hoyer and Gordon had good chemistry last year (during Week 3 of 2013 Hoyer threw 19 passes for 10/146/1 receiving to Gordon), so if they are able to rekindle the connection in practices this week we may see some aerial fireworks from this duo. The Falcons' pass D is ranked 32nd in the NFL averaging 281.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and thirteen sacks (tied for 29th) generated to date. Cam Newton was right on the usual pace against Atlanta last week, with 23/37 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -7 yards, while Josh McCown posted very similar (strong) passing numbers two weeks ago, with 27/43 for 281 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -20 yards. Atlanta's secondary scares nobody, friends. Advantage, Cleveland.

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Latest News

Browns | Josh Gordon strong in debut (Sun Nov 23, 04:59 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon posted eight receptions for 120 yards in his regular season debut in Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons. He was targeted a game-high 16 times in the win.

Our View: Gordon was a bit rusty when it came to being in sync with his quarterback, but he looked effortlessly fast for a receiver his size, and the Browns manufactured ways to get the ball in his hands. He's an elite WR1 for the stretch run and will reward owners who held him.
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Browns | Josh Gordon won't be suspended again (Sun Nov 23, 11:17 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will not receive a fine or suspension for pleading guilty to driving under the influence charge in North Carolina, according to a source.

Our View: Perhaps LeVeon Bell will also escape punishment for his legal situation. It's a banner day for Gordon owners.
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Browns | Josh Gordon to play 20-30 snaps (Sun Nov 23, 09:13 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to play 20-30 snaps Sunday, Nov. 23.

Our View: Don't be surprised if the Browns abandon this plan if Gordon looks at all like he did last year. Gordon could also still put up WR1/WR2 numbers being in on half of the snaps.
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Browns | Josh Gordon activated (Sat Nov 22, 01:28 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was officially activated from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday, Nov. 22. In a subsequent move, the team waived LB Keith Pough.

Our View: While Cleveland is playing coy with how much Gordon will play or get targeted, they didn't spend the last 11 weeks waiting for him to come back just to have him watch. We expect him to have a great game and given how bad Atlanta is, the only thing that can stop him is an early blowout, though the Browns might keep him in there longer to play him into game shape. Start him as a solid WR1.
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Browns | Josh Gordon not on injury report (Fri Nov 21, 05:40 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (non-injury) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, but is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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