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WR Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns

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

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Gordon's appeal for his likely year-long suspension has been held, but his latest arrest in North Carolina basically could seal his fate as out for the 2014 season. Gordon is still facing a suspension for the entire 2014 season, but there is still some chance that he could win his appeal or the NFL could reduce his suspension. The strongest possibility is still that he is out for the year.


Josh Gordon was looking to build on a breakout season that saw him lead the NFL in receiving yards despite missing two games due to suspension and playing with three different (and quite average-at-best) quarterbacks. However, a second failed drug test (the first led to last season's suspension) has him facing a year-long suspension, pending appeal. The appeal process almost definitely won't go his way after his latest legal problem. Gordon was arrested for DWI, which just about seals the deal on at least a 16-game suspension. After his breakout 2013, it was very difficult to imagine Gordon's off-field problems ever being a more significant force that his on-field talent. However, this latest issue leaves Gordon's NFL future in doubt. A year is a long time to be suspended, and there's no guaranteeing that Gordon keeps his nose clean in a year without the structure of football activities. (July 5)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 68, 47, 49, 49
WR Redraft PPR - 66, 47, 48, 49, 50, 56, 60
WR Dynasty - 31, 17, 25, 41, 44, 46
Overall Dynasty - 70, 46

Stats and Projections

2012 CLE 16 0 0 0 95 50 805 5
2013 CLE 14 5 88 0 159 87 1646 9
2014 PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * 0 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 0 0 * * 0 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 0 0 * * 0 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 2 0 * * 8 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 132
WR: 49
Overall-PPR: 133
WR-PPR: 50

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Latest News

Browns | Josh Gordon appeal case had no settlement talks (Wed Aug 20, 09:57 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's appeal hearing for his one-year suspension had no settlement talks. There has yet to be a ruling on the matter, but it appears to be an all-or-nothing case.

Our View: Florio leaves open the possibility of the arbitrator trying to negotiate a settlement on his own between the two parties, but if this really remains an all or nothing proposition, you should assume nothing will be what the Gordon owners get from him this year.
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Browns | Josh Gordon too passive? (Tue Aug 19, 04:39 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could have shown more effort on a couple plays during the team's Monday night game against the Washington Redskins, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Our View: Gordon hasn't exactly done much to instill confidence if he does avoid an indefinite suspension on appeal.
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Browns | Josh Gordon may play in preseason game (Fri Aug 15, 02:31 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (abdomen) may play in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.

Our View: Gordon isn't suspended (yet) so he can play if his abdomen injury has healed. The Browns are trying to find their starting quarterback, and throwing to Gordon would help either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel.
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Browns | Josh Gordon ruling could be a week away (Thu Aug 14, 08:10 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon might have to wait until the end of next week to hear a verdict on his appeal hearing, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Our View: This keeps dragging on forever and makes one wonder what the hold up is. Are they conflicted because of the reaction to Ray Rice's suspension vs. your normal drug violation suspension? Or is there something else going on. But every week is more of a pain for fantasy owners drafting.
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Browns | Setting up support system for Josh Gordon (Thu Aug 14, 02:52 PM) - The Cleveland Browns have been actively working on setting up a support system for WR Josh Gordon if he is suspended by the NFL, according to sources. The team has also lined up possible treatment for Gordon if he needs it during the suspension.

Our View: This is the smart approach and at least somewhat positive news for Gordon's outlook in dynasty leagues, but one has to wonder if they took such a hands on approach from the moment he arrived in Cleveland.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Pittsburgh Steelers
2vs New Orleans Saints
3vs Baltimore Ravens
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5@ Tennessee Titans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Jacksonville Jaguars
8vs Oakland Raiders
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Cincinnati Bengals
11vs Houston Texans
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ Buffalo Bills
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Carolina Panthers
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