WR Josh Gordon - New England Patriots
|6-3, 225||Born: 4-13-1991||College: Baylor||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2012|
He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Gordon's injury wasn't serious, but he's failing to make the impact he did last year. A second half schedule that promises higher scoring games could help him, but N'keal Harry could return to but into his target share.
General News (Sat Oct 19): is out for this week's game.
General News (Fri Oct 18): did not practice on Friday.
General News (Thu Oct 17): did not practice on Thursday.
Week 7: at New York Jets
FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady has topped 300 yards in 3 of his last 4 games, albeit in fairly shaky fashion. Working behind a patchwork front line, he struggled with the ho-hum pass rushes of the Giants and Redskins, and it's affected his timing on downfield throws. He's also thrown an interception in three straight games. On the plus side, he's still producing, especially when feasting on his dynamic connection with Julian Edelman. The still-elite slot man, working through a minor chest injury, has posted back-to-back 100-yard performances as the clear focal point of Brady's attention. Beyond him, though, this attack is a pure grab bag. Josh Gordon is likely on the wrong side of questionable for Sunday, and another absence would push Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers into heavy snaps, though neither would project too much usage. It's quite possible James White would be the team's second-most relevant receiver for fantasy purposes. White caught nine balls last Thursday, which is no fluky occurrence for the versatile chess piece. All told, this unit is much greater than the sum of its parts. Brady's fantasy value is held up even on his worst days by volume, which is being distributed more predictably than ever. The Jets, still trotting out one of football's weakest pass defenses, got a reprieve last Sunday when Amari Cooper went down early. Dak Prescott mostly kept the ball underneath after that but did produce a few splash plays, with even Tavon Austin (64 yards on 5 catches) making a dent in the game. Before last week, the Jets had allowed huge lines to John Brown (7 for 123 and a touchdown), Odell Beckham (6 for 161 and 1), the Josh Gordon/Phillip Dorsett duo in New England (12 for 136 and 1). It's still far too easy for opposing wideouts to find room down the field against shaky cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts. Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye make up a fantastic young duo, but can only do so much. If the Jets are going to slow down Tom Brady and his weapons, they'll need to hold downfield coverage long enough for Brady to feel pressure and misfire. That won't be an easy task, though, with the pass rush underperforming so badly. They've recorded a pitiful seven sacks through five games, despite blitzing at the league's fourth-highest rate. Brady has built a Hall of Fame career by forcing defenses to send their coverage men into the backfield to grasp at air.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Josh Gordon's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Latest NewsPatriots | Josh Gordon ruled out for Week 7 (Sat Oct 19, 04:52 PM) - New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (ankle) was ruled out for Monday, Oct. 21's game against the New York Jets. link to story Patriots | Josh Gordon unlikely for MNF (Sat Oct 19, 12:17 PM) - New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Saturday, Oct. 19, and is not expected to play in the Week 7 game Monday, Oct. 21. Our View: Gordon's knee injury is not considered major but he is going to miss a game at least. Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett will be the primary wide receivers with RB James White likely to catch quite a few passes out of the backfield too.
link to story Patriots | Josh Gordon sits again (Fri Oct 18, 06:32 PM) - New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 18. Our View: Check back to see if Gordon can practice on Saturday. The Patriots play against the Jets on Monday night. Gordon has not done much this year so Fantasy GMs likely have better options in Week 7.
link to story Patriots | Friday's practice report for New England (Fri Oct 18, 04:24 PM) - New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (knee, ankle), TE Matt LaCosse (knee) and TE Ryan Izzo (concussion) did not practice Friday, Oct. 18. RB Rex Burkhead (foot), S Patrick Chung (heel, chest), WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) and WR Julian Edelman (chest) were limited. link to story Patriots | Josh Gordon misses practice (Thu Oct 17, 04:44 PM) - New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 17. Our View: The Patriots travel to play the Jets on Monday night. We've been waiting for Gordon to go off this year but that hasn't yet happened. He may be on a lot of benches in Week 7.
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