WR Josh Gordon - Seattle Seahawks
|6-3, 225||Born: 4-13-1991||College: Baylor||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2012|
2019 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 3 / 73 / 1 rec)
Edelman did typical Edelman things against the Steelers, including a trick play showing off his arm, which seems to happen once or twice a season. Edelman did miss a catch, but also caught one in the second half where he was absolutely whacked and still hung onto the ball. There wasn't much rust to speak of, but with all the weapons the Patriots have, it's fair to wonder if he will be as consistent as he usually is in the stat column. That said, the trust he has with Tom Brady is unrivaled.
2019 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
With Antonio Brown and the lopsided game, it was Gordon who saw the biggest drop in action. Though he did see 5 targets, he only converted 2 of them for catches. It's clear as long as AB is part of the game, his targets and yards could be volatile, though it's also worth noting a theme of the first half against the Dolphins was getting AB integrated into the offense.
2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Though he got banged up in the 2nd quarter, Gordon gritted through his injury and flashed what makes him such a talent. His first highlight reel grab was a leaping grab at the 4 yard line in which he high pointed the catch over a defender. His second even better grab was another jump ball in the middle of the field in triple coverage with yet another defender nearby. It's a catch very few players in the NFL can make, and one that highlights his importance to this offense without Antonio Brown. If Julian Edelman's injury keeps him out, Gordon is in line to see heavy volume in the near future.
2019 Week 4 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Beyond a 31 yard catch and go on a pick play, Gordon didn't do much of anything, as the Bills smothered him in coverage and bothered Tom Brady all game. He did have a drop on a slant route, and some of his routes were odd considering the Pats didn't have a ton of time to throw. Julian Edelman was also playing injured, which meant more coverage could head Gordon's way. Either way, he was expected to be volatile in the stat column on a weekly basis, and it showed here.
2019 Week 5 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Though Gordon was certainly involved against the Redskins, he only made one play of real note. On the play, Gordon caught a pass and stiff armed a defender into oblivion, running for additional yards after the catch. It highlighted that this year beyond a couple superhuman catches, the Pats have been using Gordon for YAC throws and letting him go to work with his physicality.
2019 Week 6 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Josh Gordon left the game in the second quarter making a tackle off a turnover and got rolled up on. As a result, he wasn't even able to play a half, and it questionable for the next Pats game.
2019 Week 10 vs SF (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
You'll be forgiven if you glossed over Gordon's 2-27 final stat line. Working as part of the third WR committee, he got steady snaps, but finished with only 28 snaps played. Significantly, though, was his usage late in the game, as he proved to be dependable on third down, getting first downs with both of his catches. With Russell Wilson throwing to him, there is reason for intrigue after Seattle's bye week.
2019 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Gordon only played about half of the offensive snaps, pulling in one catch on a short slant route. A couple of longer ones were thrown to him, but were not catchable.
2019 Week 13 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Gordon has yet to earn his space here as a fantasy relevant receiver, but ... he's Josh Gordon, and you're curious (...right?). On a positive note, he played the most snaps of any WR not named Lockett or Metcalf. And his 10-yard catch, on his lone target, was a clutch play for a tough first down as he extended for the ball in blanket coverage. If he were to get more snaps or looks, it's safe to say that he has the trust of his QB.
2019 Week 14 vs LAR (5 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Gordon made one catch early on and added his second late in the game, converting a big 4th-and-18 catch for a first down. It may not seem like much by the numbers, but Gordon continues to stake his claim to the third wideout job, as he more than doubled the snap count of fellow receivers Malik Turner and David Moore (37-15-14), while proving himself dependable in the clutch.
2018 Week 1 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)
Gordon was rumored to be in on roughly only 20 snaps in Week 1, but he wound up playing on 78% of the offensive snaps (69-of-89). That being said, he was not used extensively, seeing just three targets. Gordon was able to get open frequently against one-on-one coverage but quarterback Tyrod Taylor preferred the short and intermediate passes to Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and Duke Johnson. Gordon did manage to make his presence felt, turning his only catch into a 17-yard touchdown. Taylor threw the ball to the outside and Gordon went up over the defender to secure the catch right at the goal line. He had another deep end zone target in the fourth quarter but he was well-covered by cornerback Joe Haden. Gordon was the intended target on Taylor's fourth quarter interception but the pass was underthrown. The two didn't get much time to work together in the preseason with Gordon away from the team. Hopefully Gordon and Taylor develop more chemistry as the season goes on.
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Gordon was clearly on a snap count, but made two grabs and a couple key blocks as he earns Tom Brady's trust. The pitch count was likely due to a short upcoming week and monitoring his hamstring, but he came out unscathed and did what he needed to do. His role should continue to grow.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (4 / 2 / 50 / 1 rec)
Though he was once again on a limited snap count, Gordon made the most of it, catching Tom Brady's 500 touchdown pass. The ball was a prayer deep shot into the end zone, and Gordon managed to snag it between two defenders in what surely reminded viewers of a Brady-Moss connection. It showed good trust in Gordon, who should continue to work his way to a larger role.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (9 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Gordon played the most snaps and saw the most targets of any Patriots receiver, as the Pats made a concerted effort to get him involved. Timing was off on a couple passes, but he snagged a few nice slant routes, and had a 37 yard P.I. call at the 1 yard line of the Chiefs. His talent is evident, and as he gets more time in with Tom Brady, huge days won't be surprising.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 100 / 0 rec)
It's clear Josh Gordon has earned Tom Brady's trust. Brady looked his way on a 4th down for a jump ball, which Gordon successfully caught for 19 yards with a leaping catch. Gordon's 55 yard catch-and-run came at a crucial period in the 4th quarter, and he would have scored had he not run out of gas near the end of the run. Gordon once again saw heavy snaps, logging 61, and continues to integrate. The sky is the limit.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
After talk of discipline for Gordon, he ended up starting on the very first play of the game. He didn't do much beyond some slants and outs, though he did make a nice grab on one of those plays. He also missed a deep shot from Tom Brady that he could have caught. It wasn't clear if the ball got lost in the lights, but either way, he almost had a much bigger day.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (10 / 5 / 130 / 1 rec)
Josh Gordon had a heck of a game, capped off by a 55 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter to help seal the win for the Patriots. On the play, Brady faked, then slung a pass to Gordon, who broke a tackle and run into the end zone untouched. Gordon was used on a variety of routes, showing off route running chops - slants, outs, a nice jumping chunk play, you name it. The increasing rapport with Brady is becoming more evident, and Gordon has the potential to pay huge dividends as long as he stays on the field.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (12 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)
Though Gordon had a nice deep catch, he also missed on some routes and catches, as evidenced by his 4 catches on 12 target line. Brady and Gordon were simply not on the same page, and many of Brady's throws to him were off target due to the pass rush constantly on Brady. There will be better days ahead, but it's also clear by now defenses are keying in on Gordon with Gronk out.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (5 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Though he didn't reach the end zone, Gordon did have a few scripted passes thrown his way. It was also notable that Tom Brady looked his way twice eventually on plays where the Jets covered all receivers well, indicating rapport with his QB continues to improve.
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 58 / 1 rec)
His volume wasn't strong as the Pats worked the short game, but Gordon did get wide open on his touchdown, finding a nice open spot in the middle of the field. He then raced into the end zone for a fairly easy score. Tom Brady also did a great job stepping up in the pocket in the face of pressure on the throw.
2018 Week 14 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)
Tom Brady zeroed in on 3 receivers all day, and Josh Gordon was one of those 3. He picked up plenty of yards after catch on his receptions, at one point gaining 10 more yards after a hit on his first catch. In particular, Brady targeted Gordon 5 times when a Dolphins rookie CB was matched up against him. There were no true deep shots or superhuman plays, but it's clear Gordon is an integral part of the offense.
2018 Week 15 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
The Patriots couldn't get multiple parts of their offense going in Week 15 and Josh Gordon was just one more piece not firing. Gordon's one reception and two targets sets season lows for Gordon on the season.
2017 Week 13 vs LAC (11 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)
Gordon looked good in his first game since December, 2014. He still looks as fast and athletic as ever as he posted one of the best lines a wide receiver has mustered against the Chargers this season. He and quarterback DeShone Kizer still have to work on their chemistry as Kizer missed him on several passes where Gordon was open. It could have been a huge game as Kizer overthrew an open Gordon on at least two deep attempts, one of which would have been a sure-fire 44-yard touchdown. His first catch came on a short slant on the first play of the game which he turned into a nine-yard gain. In the second quarter, Gordon made an impressive leaping grab down the left sideline for a 28-yard gain. In the fourth quarter, Gordon saw an end zone target on a crossing route from Kizer but the pass was too high and a bit behind him, resulting in an incompletion.
2017 Week 14 vs GB (6 / 3 / 69 / 1 rec)
Gordon was busy on his team's first drive, catching two of his three passes. He made a 38-yard catch on the first play of the game off of a play action pass. He finished that drive with a fantastic 18-yard touchdown reception on a snatch catch. It was a tough catch that Gordon was able to hold on to. His final catch came on the first drive of the second quarter on a quick slant which he turned into a 13-yard gain. Later in the second he came close to scoring a second touchdown and probably would have had it not been for pass interference by the Packers. Gordon got a hand on a pass in the end zone and was clearly pushed before the ball got there, but no flags were thrown. In the fourth quarter it appeared he could have had another long gain but defender Davon House tripped, which in turn tripped up Gordon. Despite the slow second half, the presence of Gordon has made the Cleveland offense look much more functional than it did while he was suspended.
2017 Week 15 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Gordon turned in a slow game, partially due to the inaccuracy of his quarterback. He had two targets in the first quarter which were tipped at the line of scrimmage. Later in the first quarter he saw a deep target which was overthrown by DeShone Kizer. There was some incidental contact on the play but nothing to suggest a pass interference penalty should have been called. Most of Gordon's receptions were of the short to intermediate variety as he and Kizer continue to struggle to connect on anything deep. Gordon did make a nice catch in the fourth quarter on a pass which was thrown behind him.
2017 Week 16 vs CHI (8 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Gordon and DeShone Kizer struggled to get on the same page yet again. The wide receiver looked a bit off in this game, dropping a catchable pass in the third quarter and allowing a pass breakup on another catchable ball in the fourth quarter. After the game, head coach Hue Jackson told the media that Gordon was dealing with an illness of some kind. Gordon did see an end zone target in the second quarter but he was closely covered and had no chance at making the catch. The ball shouldn't have been thrown by Kizer. Gordon was held to one catch until late in the fourth quarter when he found a soft spot in the Bears' zone coverage, tacking on an 11-yard gain.
2017 Week 17 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 115 / 0 rec)
Gordon and quarterback DeShone Kizer were finally able to connect on a few splash plays after coming close over their four previous games. Gordon wound up with his first 100-yard receiving game since the 2014 season. His biggest gain came on a 56-yard over-the-shoulder catch in the second quarter. Gordon blew by Joe Haden in coverage, forcing safety Mike Mitchell to pick him up, but it was too late. Gordon initially appeared to score a touchdown on the play but the officials reviewed it and it was found that his foot touched out of bounds at the Pittsburgh two-yard line. After picking up two catches for a combined 28 yards in the third quarter, Gordon ripped off another large gain in the fourth. He caught a short pass on a crossing route and turned upfield for a 33-yard gain. It was a great bounceback after a disappointing Week 16 game for Gordon.
2014 Week 12 vs ATL (16 / 8 / 120 / 0 rec)
Josh Gordon reminded the NFL on Sunday why he is considered one of the most dangerous receivers in the league. Gordon may be the most dangerous in-space receiver in the NFL, as Gordon busted multiple big gainers on screens and shallow crosses against the Falcons. Gordon's effortless explosion and shifty nature makes him an absolute nightmare to locate and bring down in space. While Gordon showed elite in-space ability, and while he listed at 6'3, 225 lbs., he is not the type of receiver to go up and grab passes in traffic. That one thing keeps Gordon from becoming a transcendent type of talent. On a few different occasions on Sunday, most notably on Brian Hoyer's interception in the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter, Gordon failed to go up and contest for the ball. Nevertheless, in his first game back as a Brown, Gordon's explosiveness and dynamic ability was on display, amounting 120 yards and a lion's share of targets.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Josh Gordon has not been playing at a great level in his return from a 10-game suspension this level. Despite this, Gordon has still performed at a level heads and shoulders above of his counterparts at the wide receiver position. Gordon is still receiving roughly 30% of his team's production, a very solid mark. Unfortunately, the Browns offense is so incompetent that there simply are not enough plays for Gordon to put up the numbers that we usually expect out of him. Gordon still consistently does not finish his routes and just does not seem to put forth 100% effort on the field.
2013 Week 3 vs MIN (19 / 10 / 146 / 1 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Josh Gordon played brilliantly, displaying that he is truly an elite receiver in the NFL at such a young age. Gordon got it all started on the Browns' second drive, executing an extremely fluid double move that left cornerback AJ Jefferson in the dust. On the next drive, Gordon switched from fluidity to strength as he caught a screen pass and eluded multiple defenders before stiff-arming his way to a 30-yard gain. Later in the drive, Gordon flashed his running vision, following blockers brilliantly on a reverse for 22 yards. Gordon showed all facets of an elite receiver, fluid motion to gain separation, strength to break through tackles, vision to gain yards after the catch on just on his first three touches. On at least three occasions, Gordon used his large frame to shield the cornerback on a slant or comeback to catch the ball. The size-speed combination that Gordon possesses cannot be taught. He looked truly dominant on Sunday. Granted, Gordon was matched against AJ Jefferson and then Marcus Sherels - far from elite cornerbacks. Gordon faced communication problems with Brian Hoyer, running a go route as Hoyer anticipated that Gordon would break off his route into a comeback. Altogether, these negatives cannot take away from the spectacular performance that Gordon put forth on Sunday.
2013 Week 4 vs CIN (9 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
While he did not play like a superstar, Josh Gordon showed his elite receiving tools at times on Sunday. His first reception was a 32-yarder that Brian Hoyer underthrew. However, this was no problem for Gordon, as he jumped, reached in front of Pacman Jones, and snagged the ball from the defender in front of him. That played displayed Gordon's freakish athleticism, and is truly a skill that coaches cannot teach. Gordon also used his size to his advantage on Sunday, using his body to shield defenders on two different occasions on slant routes. Whereas a Jordan Cameron back shoulder throw is nearly indefensible, so is a Josh Gordon throw on a slant route. He is much too big and fluid for even the best cornerbacks to contain. Gordon utilizes his long strides to beat the cornerback to the spot, and uses his 6'3 frame to shield the defender from the ball. Gordon truly is developing into an elite receiver, and he has all the tools to become what Julio Jones is the Falcons and what Dez Bryant is to the Cowboys.
2013 Week 5 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 86 / 1 rec)
The return of Brandon Weeden will only help Josh Gordon. The Browns now feature one of the deadliest deep threat combos in recent history with Brandon Weeden and Josh Gordon. While Gordon recorded only four catches, his presence opens up so much for the Browns' offense that he does not need to catch the ball to make a mark on the game. Gordon's concentration varied on Thursday, as he dropped two passes, including one that he could have easily taken to the house. That being said, Gordon came up clutch multiple times for the Browns. The first instance was on his 37-yard touchdown catch. Gordon raced up the sideline and sped past cornerback Aaron Williams to corral Brandon Weeden's deep pass. Gordon bobbled the ball but got control out of it before heading out of the back of the end zone. Gordon also came up big on the Browns final scoring drive, collecting an 18-yard catch on 3rd and 18 to extend the Browns' drive. Gordon was fluid in his cuts, and is absolutely devastating when breaking off his routes. His speed gives him a large cushion to work with, and he utilizes that threat to the fullest of his potential.
2013 Week 6 vs DET (9 / 7 / 126 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Josh Gordon's presence alone opened up the Browns first touchdown, as three defenders followed Gordon on a crossing route in the end zone. This opened up the flat for Chris Ogbonnaya, who waltzed into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown. Gordon made tough athletic catches throughout the game, his most impressive coming in the second quarter on an out route. Gordon corralled Brandon Weeden's pass near the sideline, keeping his feet in bounds while being shoved out of bounds by Louis Delmas. Gordon's triad of size, fluidity and strength were all on display during that play. Gordon looked fast after the catch, gaining around 20 yards after the catch on a second half catch after breaking Chris Houston's tackle on a crossing pattern. However, despite the positives that Gordon showed on Sunday, his concentration lapsed from time to time. Gordon dropped his first target on a short post in the middle of the field, although Gordon was forced to extend his arms to corral the pass. Late in the second quarter, Gordon shook past the Lions secondary with a beautiful double move but let a deep Brandon Weeden pass glance off his finger tips. That play may have set up a touchdown if completed. Altogether, Gordon showed his elite-level skills but also showed that as Ryan Burns put best: "Josh Gordon is the world's most talented concentration lapse."
2013 Week 7 vs GB (6 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
The physicality of the Packers' cornerbacks bothered Josh Gordon on Sunday. On multiple occasions, Gordon looked frustrated while also looking for flags that did not come flying. As for his play, Gordon disappeared from the game, failing to record a catch until the fourth quarter. Gordon looked disinterested, and lacked concentration, especially on a first half drop that eventually became a first down due to a penalty. It was shown on the CBS broadcast that Gordon slipped and fell on multiple occasions while coming out of his stance, eliminating him from the play. Only twice was Brandon Weeden allotted enough time to attempt a pass to Gordon deep down field, and on both occasions, the Packers corners on their way to a pass defense roughed up Gordon. On 4th and 15 in the fourth quarter, Gordon jumped too early for a deep pass, which limited his use of his size and allowed the Packers secondary to break up the pass. Overall, Josh Gordon played like the receiver we saw coming out of Baylor, not the emerging NFL star that we have seen over the past month.
2013 Week 8 vs KC (10 / 5 / 132 / 1 rec)
Gordon lacked hustle on a deep pass during the Browns' opening possession, letting up before the ball reached the ground a few yards in front of him. However, he made up for his lack of hustle by faking out cornerback Sean Smith on a flea flicker and blowing by him for a 39-yard touchdown. Gordon's longest catch came on a pick play where Gordon came running across the field while Davone Bess obstructed Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith, who was covering Gordon man-to-man. With that separation, Gordon took the short pass and blew right through the entire Chiefs secondary for 47 yards. Even when confronted with a defensive back who can counter his size (Sean Smith ñ 6'3î 218 lbs), Gordon is able to use his elite speed to dismantle one of the better secondaries in the league. That speed forces defensive backs to play off the line of scrimmage, which subsequently sets up screen passes where Gordon can display his agility and quickness while eluding defenders. Cornerbacks that play physical with Gordon must also be quick, because Gordon will often neutralize physicality at the line of scrimmage by cutting past cornerbacks. On Gordon's 23-yard completion in the second half, he cuts past Brandon Flowers to get inside position and corral a slightly underthrown pass. The combination of size, speed and agility can be a nightmare for opposing defenses. Josh Gordon proved on Sunday that no matter the opposing defense or quarterback situation, he could produce at an elite level.
2013 Week 9 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Josh Gordon looked like his usual fluid and athletic self against the Ravens, but did not make a huge impact on the game. On a few occasions, Gordon failed to gain separation on defensive backs and ended up heavily covered or tackled for short gains. It did not look like Gordon was giving it 100% effort on Sunday, but that may be due to his long running style. This style of running is similar to Terrelle Pryor, whose sprints look like he is jogging due to having such long strides.
2013 Week 11 vs CIN (15 / 5 / 125 / 1 rec)
Jason Campbell only looked for Gordon deep down field twice on Sunday and was 1-2, with the one completion going for a big 74-yard touchdown completion. Gordon sped past Dre Kirkpatrick along the sideline and corralled a perfect pass from Campbell on his way to his fourth touchdown of the season. Gordon also made a few other big athletic catches on Sunday, including a 13-yard slant in which defenders cannot even begin to try to stop. Josh Gordon a slant is one of the surest positive gains there is in football, and it is a travesty that he does not get more targets. Nevertheless, despite his positive performance, Gordon still dropped two passes ñ including one in the end zone late in the game. However, most Browns fans will take that lack of concentration given that Gordon can be a productive deep option in the Browns offense.
2013 Week 12 vs PIT (17 / 14 / 237 / 1 rec)
Josh Gordon set Cleveland Browns records on Sunday in both receptions and receiving yards. When asked about those records, Gordon stated, "After taking a loss like that, it means nothing. To me, it's great and everything for me as a young wide receiver to get that experience, but if we can't go out there and win, I don't really care about it." This is a huge leap for Gordon, as that type of humility is atypical of him. Before delving into his play, let it be known that much of Josh Gordon's production (seven catches, 158 yards, TD) came during garbage time. No matter what part of the field Josh Gordon is occupying, he is a huge threat. With four receptions of 20 yards of more, Josh Gordon is obviously a deep threat. However, Gordon sometimes compiles these long gains from short crossing routes where Gordon outruns either zone or man coverage as he makes his way across the field and up the sideline. Gordon is incredibly hard to bring down on these plays, as defenders will usually be either tackling him by the shoes or pushing him out of bounds. Gordon's elite combination of speed and strength make him a weapon when not closely guarded by a defender. Gordon runs with gazelle-like grace on his entire route tree, with fluidity not usually seen out of receiver his size. This allows him to shield defenders from making plays on the ball when they press, which admittedly is not often given the cushion that Gordon is given in man-to man coverage. Josh Gordon is rapidly developing into a top-5 wide receiver in the NFL and the only the thing that can stop Josh Gordon right now is himself.
2013 Week 13 vs JAX (15 / 10 / 261 / 2 rec)
Despite missing most of the third quarter due to an illegal hit to a defenseless receiver, Josh Gordon set a franchise record for the second straight week for receiving yards. Josh Gordon exhibits every tool one expects to see in an elite-level NFL receiver. ìFlashî Gordon was able to run past the Jaguars' secondary all day on Sunday, gaining separation on almost all deep routes. The fear of being beat deep by Gordon opens up the entire field for comeback routes and shorter, more reactionary routes. This concept was exemplified through two plays. On Josh Gordon's 31-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, Gordon sped past Will Blackmon along the sideline and eventually hung on for six points. The fear of speed opened up the middle of the field for Josh Gordon in the fourth quarter, where he got a short pass and shielded off the over anxious safety from an interception and bolted 95 yards to the house for a touchdown. Had the safety played a few steps closer to the line of scrimmage, it may have been an easy interception. However, the cushion that defensive backs give Gordon make his job much easier and make him even more of a weapon within the Browns offense. In addition to his speed and quickness, Gordon is able to use his size to shield defenders from defending pass attempts even when they can keep up with him. That combination is truly lethal regarding wide receivers. Gordon completely tore up the Jags' youthful secondary on Sunday while becoming the first NFL wide receiver to have 200+ receiving yards in back-to-back games.
2013 Week 14 vs NE (10 / 7 / 151 / 1 rec, 1 / 34 / 0 rush)
There's a case to be made that Josh Gordon has quickly become the second best wide receiver in the entire NFL, and against the Patriots, he displayed why, breaking records and again setting the fantasy world on fire. Remarkably, Gordon's first catch didn't come until about 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter, yet he ended up with over 150 yards yet again. Gordon's best play by far was his 80 yard touchdown catch in which he completely dominated Aqib Talib on a short pattern. Gordon caught the ball, accelerated past Talib and stiff armed him away as he ran down the field with defenders trailing. Gordon also displayed his versatility by taking an end around 34 yards, eluding defenders and tiptoeing down the sideline for an extra 15 or so yards. Whether high pointing the ball or running short or deep routes, Gordon was an animal, catching 7 of his 10 targets. It's clear that Gordon's dominance is no fluke, and at this point, all signs point to him being a first or second round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
2013 Week 15 vs CHI (10 / 3 / 67 / 1 rec)
It is astounding that despite having communication issues with his quarterback all day, Josh Gordon was still able to put up 69 yards and a touchdown. Jason Campbell flat out missed Josh Gordon four times on Sunday, throws achievable by a competent quarterback. Given good QB play, it is plausible to assume Josh Gordon would have been over 120 yards receiving. Even when the throws were completed, two of his three receptions were either late or behind Gordon, negating any yards after catch opportunities. This frustration was visible in Gordon's body language in the 4th quarter. After Tim Jennings broke up a pass on third and 10 in the fourth, Gordon signaled for a flag to be thrown while arching his head backwards and walking slowly to the bench. Even when Gordon scored his touchdown, a deep streak where he beat Jennings and was too fast for Chris Conte to help, Gordon did not celebrate the touchdown and merely walked back to the bench. Given his recent quotes in the media on his will to win, along with his frustration towards his quarterback, one can derive that Josh Gordon's character is not as big of an issue as many make it to be. All he wants to do is win.
2013 Week 16 vs NYJ (16 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Despite leading the team in receptions and yards on Sunday, Josh Gordon did not play at Pro Bowl level. One area where Josh Gordon does not excel is in the redzone. That showed against Dee Milliner in the second quarter. Campbell went to Gordon on third and fourth down and both times Gordon dropped the ball. It was surely a rough sequence, but Gordon is not yet a redzone threat. Redzone dominance is what separates him from receivers like Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant. On other occasions, Gordon and Campbell just were not on the same page. Gordon saw 16 targets on Sunday, yet his numbers did not echo his high usage. To be an elite receiver, Josh Gordon must produce when given such a high volume of targets against a soft passing defense.
2013 Week 17 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec)
Josh Gordon led the Browns in targets; however, that is only because of high usage in garbage time. When the Browns had a chance to win on Sunday, quarterback Jason Campbell targeted Gordon sparingly. His first downfield target came with 40 seconds left in the 3rd quarter ñ much too late for such a talented receiver. Gordon did have a possible touchdown catch broken up by Ike Taylor in the fourth quarter, and on that play it Taylor should have been flagged for pass interference because he never turned around for the ball. With 3:38 left in the game, on third and three, Gordon caught a quick slant for a 1st down. Gordon shielded his defender with his huge frame, and came down with the ball with ease. That route is one of the most unstoppable plays in all of football, yet the Browns seem unable to recognize that and use it to their advantage consistently. Like many other players on the Browns roster, it seems like the Browns are not exactly sure how to use Josh Gordon yet.
2012 Week 1 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Much like Massaquoi, the rookie couldn't hand;e the Eagles' talent in the secondary. Gordon's two receptions came over the middle. His first, a 20 yarder, came underneath when the Eagles were playing a prevent defense. Gordon made one defender miss but didn't have to work for the yards. On his second reception, Gordon beat linebacker DeMeco Ryans over the middle. Ryans tried to knock Gordon down going across the middle but the receiver showed off a good combination of speed and strength to brush past him and make the reception for a first down. Outside of that, Gordon was only notable for being beaten to spots or completely covered by Nnamdi Asomugha.
2012 Week 2 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gordon's five yard catch came on third and 13 and he was surrounded by defenders when he caught the ball.
2012 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Gordon was responsible for a key drop on 3rd down that would have extended a drive, but did show some flashes of ability. He made a tough catch on a tipped pass and also showed some nice run after the catch ability. With Mohammed Massaquoi's health in question and Greg Little being ripped by the coach, there could be a chance for Gordon or fellow rookie Travis Benjamin to play a bigger role in the weeks ahead.
2012 Week 4 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Targeted only once, the rookie made the most of it by getting open for a 16-yard reception over the middle.
2012 Week 5 vs NYG (8 / 2 / 82 / 2 rec)
Josh Gordon only had two catches on Sunday but he made them count as both were for touchdowns. Gordon provided a spark early in the game as he hauled in a big touchdown catch deep down the field. Gordon was isolated on a slower footed LB as the safety failed to provide coverage in time and simply used his speed to gain enough separation for the big play. Later in the game Gordon had a dropped pass on a slant but made his stat line look more impressive with a garbage time touchdown catch on the final drive. Gordon got enough separation on a streak pattern for QB Weeden to zip the ball into a tight window for the score. Gordon was otherwise invisible on Sunday however. The Browns stayed with the run game for as long as possible but lost out big on the time of possession and Weeden struggled to pick up first downs consistently.
2012 Week 6 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 99 / 1 rec)
Josh Gordon's second round draft stock was met with some scrutiny this off-season, but it's hard to criticize the Browns for taking him right now. It's hard to fully evaluate Gordon, because the Browns' passing attack isn't overwhelmingly talented, but he has shown some big play potential these past few weeks. His 71 yard touchdown came on a deep crossing route. While he didn't have to work too hard to come free, he did have to make an excellent one-handed reception to allow him to catch the ball in stride. Many receivers would have had to dive for the ball and in turn would have limited the length of the reception. The excellent catch allowed Gordon to outrun the defenders in pursuit to reach the endzone. Rookies are generally inconsistent, and Gordon is no different, he followed his big reception up with a dropped pass underneath when he was open. He wasn't fully focused on the catch, thinking more about what he was going to do after the catch instead. Gordon was matched up in single coverage with Terrence Newman often and repeatedly got the best of him. He caught a deep out for a first down against Newman in single coverage. He then ran an excellent slant route in single coverage to turn Terrence Newman around. Gordon bobbled the catch initially but had gained so much separation that he had time to adjust and catch it securely for the first down.
2012 Week 7 vs IND (10 / 2 / 59 / 1 rec)
Gordon continued his three-game touchdown streak against the Colts, but corralled just two of his season-high ten targets. Four of his targets were completely uncatchable, but he had opportunities for a much bigger fantasy day. Gordon was a matchup nightmare in single coverage that Brandon Weeden locked onto when the opportunity presented itself. Both of Gordon's catches came against single coverage where he won his route and Weeden threw to a spot. Gordon's touchdown came on a back shoulder throw down the field where Weeden had absolutely no pressure in the pocket to make his perfect pass. As a raw rookie receiver, there were mistakes along the way for Gordon. He stepped out of bounds on a route, making him an ineligible receiver. The most glaring mistake, in more ways than one, was his late-game drop of a potential game-winning touchdown. Gordon got behind the coverage and Weeden delivered a perfect bucket throw off of play-action with the pass rush bearing down on him. As Gordon's route finished in the section of the field that was still in the open-dome sunlight, he flat out dropped the ball. It was right in his hands and Weeden could not have tossed the ball more accurately from ten feet away. That single play was the difference between his stat line and over 100 yards and two touchdowns, not to mention a potential Browns win. While it is unreasonable to expect his touchdown rate of late to continue with any sort of regularity, Gordon has flashed enough to love his potential any given week as a flex play and going forward in long-term formats. Gordon is by far the best deep threat in the Browns passing game and has seen an uptick in target volume over the past three weeks.
2012 Week 8 vs SD (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Gordon was the team's leading receiver in the game, but that was kind of akin to being the tallest midget. The Browns passing game was very underwhelming for the most part, and Gordon didn't have very many opportunities for long gains. He was targeted early on in the end zone in single coverage, but the ball was thrown a bit short. Gordon did get his hands on the ball as he slid to the ground and had his hands under it, but was unable to pull it in for the catch. After halftime, Gordon made a nice grab in stride while crossing over the middle and ten took off up the right side for extra yardage.
2012 Week 9 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Gordon was harshly penalized for offensive pass interference in the first quarter, before catching his first pass underneath for two yards. That reception was negated by an accepted penalty against the defense however. Weeden looked to hit Gordon deep in single coverage against Cary Williams. Gordon was running into wide open space with Williams on his shoulder, he had to extend to make the catch but couldn't reel it in on the run. Weeden came straight back to Gordon deep down the field when the receiver did well to adjust and come back to an underthrown football. A better throw may have resulted in a touchdown. With Cary Williams in off coverage early in the fourth quarter, he caught a quick underneath pass for a first down. Gordon then made his biggest play of the game when he caught a quick slant to beat Williams and run into the endzone. Unfortunately for Gordon, the play was negated by an illegal formation call on the opposite side of the field.
2012 Week 11 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Gordon was the leading receiver this week and while the stat line does not show much of an impact, his plays were timely against Dallas. He made a nice catch on Weeden pass that was clearly behind him early in the game. Gordon also has shown improvement with his route running since early in the season. He got wide open against zone coverage late in the fourth quarter when the Browns trailed 17-13 for a big gain. This was a tough passing matchup for Cleveland and Gordon's opportunities were limited as they held a lead for a majority of game. Gordon flashed that same ability as in previous games this season, but the scoring opportunities were not there this week.
2012 Week 12 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Gordon was the target of Cleveland's first offensive play on a crossing route where he gained 26 yards - most of which came after the catch. He was targeted deep twice in the first half, but neither connected. He contributed two catches for 19 yards on a drive that resulted in Cleveland's third field goal. Gordon still appears very raw, but he's explosive and, with a full offseason of training, could blossom into a legitimate weapon for Cleveland in the future.
2012 Week 13 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)
Gordon had his finest game as a pro this week against an overmatched Oakland secondary. He caught 6-of-7 targets with the lone miss being a short-armed throw by Weeden that ended up an easy interception. Gordon's six receptions and 116 yards both mark career highs. He beat man coverage on a deep route for his touchdown and commonly came wide open when the Browns used play action. Gordon continues to look and play the part of a bone fide no.1 receiver. With Brandon Weeden's ability to take a big hit in the pocket and deliver the ball accurately downfield, the future looks bright for Gordon's continued development.
2012 Week 14 vs KC (12 / 8 / 86 / 0 rec)
Gordon was once again Weeden's favorite target and took advantage of nearly every opportunity. He ran a couple of great routes in the first quarter, badly beating Brandon Flowers on a deep out and picking his defender on a short cross. These were professional type routes that you wouldn't expect from someone with his lack of experience. He did drop a short slant because he tried to run before the catch, and he also lost a jump ball to Brandon Flowers in the end zone. Even with those negatives, Gordon was easily the most consistent receiver to get open and the most heavily targeted by Weeden.
2012 Week 15 vs WAS (8 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Gordon tallied eight targets against Washington, but only reeled in three passes for an underwhelming twenty-seven yards through the air. Despite the favorable matchup in Washington's Swiss cheese secondary, Gordon and quarterback Brandon Weeden were unable to capitalize. Gordon has, without a doubt, emerged as a playmaker on the Browns' rookie-laden offense, but he and his quarterback were not in sync against Washington.
2012 Week 16 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Gordon has been a pleasant surprise for the Browns as a rookie, adding a sorely needed deep element to their passing game. This week, the rookie had a tough test with Champ Bailey in coverage for a majority of the game. His first, and best, opportunities for a big play came in the third quarter. Weeden missed a wide-open Gordon on a seam route. The play would have likely been a touchdown with an accurate throw. Without Bailey in coverage, Gordon got free in the zone look Denver presented. Garbage time did not help Gordon, who finished with just a single, non-descript receptions. This was Gordon's first game with less than three receptions since the Browns' Week 9 bye. With the Steelers in Week 17 and possibly Colt McCoy under center, Gordon may have a very quiet 3-game ending to a largely successful rookie season.
2012 Week 17 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Gordon's first reception was a 12 yard curl route against off coverage. Gordon followed that up with a deep in route for a first down. Gordon held off Josh Victorian on a slant route for a 10 yard gain and a first down. On a quick screen, Gordon was fighting for extra yards at the line of scrimmage but the ball was punched free and recovered by the Steelers for a turnover. Gordon left the game with an ankle injury after that play.