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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Gordon was barely involved as the Johnny Manziel debut went down in flames. He's a dicey play against a surging Carolina defense in Week 16.

Week 16: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Johnny Manziel doesn't look NFL ready, friends. He was horrid in his first NFL start - Manziel had a mere 10/18 for 54 net yards passing last week, with zero TDs and two interceptions thrown and three sacks taken for -26 yards. Even Josh Gordon (four targets for 3/48/0) couldn't make this raw rookie look good in Week 15. Carolina will utilize the same strategy as Cincinnati to contain the Browns - pack the box with defenders and put pressure on the passer with blitzes. Manziel hasn't shown he can handle NFL-level defensive backs yet, and his reads were god awful during Week 15. Stay far away from this mess if you can. Advantage, Carolina.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at ATL 0 0 0 16 8 120 0 0
13 at BUF 0 0 0 13 7 75 0 0
14 vs IND 0 0 0 7 2 15 0 0
15 vs CIN 0 0 0 4 3 48 0 0
16 at CAR 0 0 0 7 4 45 0 0
16 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs BUF (13 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)

Since his return, Josh Gordon has feasted on a diet of shallow crosses and screens. This continued on Sunday as Gordon gained most of his yards through those two routes. Gordon was his usual beast self in these areas, gaining consistent yards after the catch and first downs when given space to operate. While Gordon is explosive when getting the ball on the boundaries and underneath the coverage, he is still subject to plays that display his lack of concentration. Early in the first quarter, Gordon committed a 15-yard penalty by flipping the ball after a first down catch. With 12:27 remaining in the second quarter, Gordon dropped a ball in his breadbasket when trying to make a catch in traffic off a quick slant. In addition, on Brian Hoyer's first interception, Gordon failed to break his route in front of the safety when facing Cover 2 coverage, which led to a turnover.

2014 Week 14 vs IND (7 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

As much of a dynamic playmaker that Josh Gordon is, he lacked precision and effort on his routes on Sunday. Gordon was held without a catch in the final three quarters of the game, and it was shown that eh failed to finish some routes and was not fully sure of what he was doing on the field. Despite these shortcomings, for Mike Pettine to hold Josh Gordon out of third down plays against the Colts due to him getting "too many reps" is insane. Gordon is the only explosive playmaker on the Browns offense that actually is a threat for scoring points. On the first play of the game, Gordon managed to turn a poorly blocked screen into nine yards due to his freakish size-speed combo. While Gordon will never be a precise route runner, he is too good to leave out of the game.

2014 Week 15 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Josh Gordon represents the only true elite talent on the Browns offense (outside of lineman Joe Thomas). While there are multiple viewpoints towards the effect of elite receivers on their respective quarterbacks, the film shows an obvious positive externality. Johnny Manziel had his best moments when targeting Gordon. Gordon recorded the longest play of the day for the Browns, a 32-yard completion where Gordon came back on a 10-yard route, stabbed at the ball, and exploded up the field and along the sideline whilst breaking the tackle of the defensive back most closely guarding him. Gordon also had a first down screen completion called back due to penalty. Getting Josh Gordon, the ball in the open field is Johnny Manziel's best chance for success, and too often, the Browns have tried getting the ball to Gordon in traffic.


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