It’s been a little over a year since Josh Gordon last played football. He missed most of the 2014 football season due to a suspension related to substance abuse then got hit with a one-year ban for the 2015 season.
Despite the off-field issues, Gordon has always been one of the most dynamic players in the NFL when he was actually on the field.
I’m sure everyone remembers, but Gordon was arguably the best receiver in the NFL during the 2013 season. He had back-to-back games with over 230 yards and was consistently targeted 10 plus times per game. He somehow managed over 1600 yards and nine touchdowns with the likes of Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Pretty amazing.
Fast forward three years after his amazing 2013 season and Gordon is ready to re-enter the NFL after serving his yearlong ban.
He’s come a long way and apparently he’s spent the year getting his life straightened out.
So, now that it looks like Gordon could be returning to the Browns in 2016, what can he possibly do for your fantasy team?
Well, for starters, he is going to be an extremely popular pick once drafts start.
That’s probably for good reason, Hue Jackson has been one of the NFL’s best offensive minds for years now and turned Andy Dalton into a successful NFL quarterback. Also, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu could be making quite a bit of money this offseason because of the success they’ve had in Jackson’s system.
Also, working in his favor, Gordon won’t be forced to deal with the likes of Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer at quarterback again.
With a new coach and the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, the Browns will likely be selecting a new quarterback of the future.
Who that future signal caller is, no one knows now, but it’s likely to either be Jared Goff, Carson Wentz or even Paxton Lynch. Whoever it is, if all goes well, will be throwing a lot of balls Gordon’s way.
For an idea of what Gordon call do in 2016, all you really have to do is look at the success that A.J. Green has had over the past two season since Jackson became offensive coordinator. In two years, Green averaged 77.5 catches, 1,169 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s also worth mentioning, Green had that success with the likes of Jones, Sanu and Tyler Eifert fighting for targets. Unless the Browns grab another receiver, which they’d be smart to do, Gordon might not have much competition for targets.
So, in all, Gordon could have a huge return once he gets officially reinstated into the NFL. However, there’s still plenty of question marks such as do the Browns even want him back and is a team willing to give him a chance right out of the gate to be a number one option in the NFL. He’s obviously too talented not to be given another chance from an NFL team, but we shouldn’t get carried away. Oh yeah, Gordon will still only be 25-years-old once the 2016 season begins. He’s still extremely young.
Again, the coaching staff and environment is certainly there for Gordon to be a fantasy asset once again. Like I said earlier, if everything goes accordingly, Gordon’s price tag is going to be very high. Don’t be surprised once good news starts rolling in on Gordon that people start drafting him as high as the fourth round.