Drafting Josh Gordon to your Fantasy team isn't for everyone. Since his breakout 2013 season he's scored one touchdown in 10 games and been suspended for 54 more. But that was then and this is now -- Gordon seems to have cleaned up his life and is refocused on being a key member of the Browns offense. To that end, he's in the right place at the right time. Cleveland has added Tyrod Taylor and rookie Baker Mayfield at quarterback, giving the squad some legitimate arms to work with. The Browns also reeled in Todd Haley as offensive coordinator -- he helped the Steelers offense explode since 2012. This is still a team that figures to play from behind a lot, which in turn should create lots of target opportunities. Best of all, Gordon appears to be the most dangerous receiver among a group of pass catchers that will test plenty of defenses. For Gordon, 2013 is nothing but a memory -- don't expect numbers like those. Instead, if Gordon can average 75.0 yards per game, he'll end up with 1,200 over the course of the season. Tack on a decent dose of touchdowns and he'll flirt with a top-12 finish. Gordon is a significant risk, but this is the first time in a while that his potential finally has a chance at being realized. That makes him tough to pass up in Round 4.
The Browns continue to expect Gordon (personal) to return to the team, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports. Per the report, the talented, but troubled wideout remains in Gainesville, Fla., "under the care of his NFL-sanctioned medical team." If those caring for Gordon determine that he's ready to handle the demands of playing football, he'll be allowed to return to the Browns. There's currently no timetable for such an outcome, though it's still possible he could be back before the regular season starts. With Gordon's status unclear at this stage and Corey Coleman having been traded, the Browns may ink veteran wideout Dez Bryant. In any case, as much upside as Gordon brings to the field, he remains a speculative choice in fantasy drafts/auctions for however long he remains away from his team.
Browns general manager John Dorsey said Thursday that he still doesn't have a timetable for Gordon (personal) to rejoin the team, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Gordon stepped away from the Browns shortly before the start of training camp, citing a treatment plan to maintain his mental and physical health. Dorsey expects the 27-year-old wideout to rejoin the team, but it isn't clear exactly when that will happen. With Corey Coleman recently traded to Buffalo and Antonio Callaway potentially in trouble with the NFL, the Browns are expected to meet with Dez Bryant at some point next week. The team does still seem optimistic that Gordon will be ready for Week 1.
Gordon (personal) isn't scheduled to rejoin the Browns before Tuesday, the deadline to be eligible for an accrued season in 2018, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Gordon's ongoing absence from camp apparently won't affect his free-agency status during the upcoming offseason, even though he's only accrued two seasons of NFL service time after being suspended for 56 of a possible 96 games, as the Browns worked it out with the other parties that he won't be adversely affected if he rejoins the team after Tuesday. The wideout will need to play in six games in 2018 to become a restricted free agent next offseason, before potentially hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. As for Gordon's eventual return to camp, a source familiar with the situation said the 27-year-old is "getting closer" to rejoining the Browns, though no firm date has been established.
GM John Dorsey told 92.3 The Fan on Saturday that Gordon (personal) will return to the team this season. Just over a week ago, Dorsey said that he had no idea when Gordon will report to the Browns, but he now seems to have much more confidence in the wideout. Dorsey and fellow wide receiver Rashard Higgins both acknowledged how Gordon is handling his business off the field and that his return to the team will come when he is ready. Gordon is currently on Cleveland's "did not report" list.
GM John Dorsey acknowledged Wednesday that he has no idea when Gordon -- who is on the Browns' "did not report'' list -- will return to the field, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports. Though there is not a definitive timetable for Gordon's return to the team while he focuses on his treatment plan, the wideout intends to be available for the start of the coming season. That hopeful outcome isn't preventing Dorsey from exploring other options while Gordon is away, however, with Dez Bryant still notably available. Until there's added clarity on Gordon's status, the 27-year-old will continue to carry a high-risk/high-reward label for those drafting or conducting auctions at this stage of the summer.
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|2||09/16||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|3||09/21||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|6||10/14||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|7||10/21||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|9||11/04||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
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