Sunday, September 25, 2022

Josh Gordon gets another chance in NFL with Chiefs

Kansas City, MO (NWN) –

At age 30 and following five suspensions given by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policies, which cost him three full seasons, wide receiver Josh Gordon made his landing with the Kansas City Chiefs. described as “a dream destination”.

“Opportunity, it’s a blessing, it’s a blessing,” Gordon said. “The most important thing is that it’s here. It’s brand new, it’s the present, I’m in the present. I’m totally taking it in and enjoying it.”

Outstanding performance on the field has rarely been an issue for Gordon. He earned All-Pro honors in 2013 with Cleveland, leading the league with 1,646 yards. In 64 NFL games spanning parts of nine seasons, Gordon scored a total of 4,263 receiving yards. In his career, he is second among active players after Deason Jackson with 17.6 yards per reception.

However, the suspension has served as countless speed bumps during stops with Cleveland, New England and Seattle. Prior to last Sunday night he had not played an NFL game since December 15, 2019, after receiving his latest suspension from the league. He was conditionally reinstated in December 2020, but the league determined he had breached the terms of his reinstatement and resumed his indefinite suspension.

When the NFL offered Gordon the chance to return to the football field last month, several teams expressed interest, including the Seahawks, with whom Gordon spent parts of the 2019 and 2020 seasons. But when the chiefs made last-minute bids for his services, Gordon said it was the option that “made the most sense.”

“I knew nothing about the city,” said Gordon. “I only knew a good group of people here, an atmosphere in which I heard nothing but great things, harmony, family life. When I came here I knew immediately that this place could be looking for me , can take care of me, and I can back it up and just come in and do my job and make it easy for myself.”

Gordon signed with the Chiefs’ practice squad on September 28, just a day after his reinstatement in the NFL. The Chiefs showed little hesitation in working Gordon into the offense, only promoting him from the practice squad to the active roster after three drills. He has impressed head coach Andy Reid with his intelligence and ability to pick up the team’s offense quickly.

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“He is easy to be around, he seems to fit in well with people. I think he is in great shape,” Reid said. “I think he got into pretty good shape But playing the game now, I think he’s in a very good place right now.”

Gordon appreciates the style with which Reid leads his players.

“Coach Reed, I think he’s a cool under-the-collar-type guy, which I enjoy,” Gordon said. “He didn’t really hold me to any higher standard but to be a professional and do my job.”

In his first outing on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills, Gordon played nine snaps, including a reception for 11 yards. According to quarterback Patrick Mahomes, that instant catch showed how Gordon could make big plays.

“It was kind of a broken game where I was scrambling to the right and he’s such a big target, I could still see him, so I put him there, trusted him, and there he went and made a play,” Mahomes said. “I thought he did great stuff. He came off the ball hard, he ran fast, did stuff, there were no missed assignments or anything like that.

Reid estimated Gordon to get about 20 snaps against Buffalo last Sunday night. However, the Chiefs quickly ran into losses, and picking up their offensive tempo meant fewer snaps for Gordon. He appears in a row this Sunday for a heavy workload when the chiefs travel to Washington.

“We still have some plays on the game plan sheet from last week,” Reid said. “He’s got a few more plays in the game plan, so I think he’ll probably get some more pictures out of it.”

Mahomes believes the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon complements the receiver group with rare abilities.

“His skill set is something that not many people in this world have,” Mahomes said. “To be so big, so fast, so strong, so I think as you get more comfortable – and you see this in receivers all the time – that’s when they start to trust that what they’re doing is right.” Yes, in that crime you will see him play more and more.”

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Off the field, Gordon is increasingly accepted at Kansas City, and he hopes this is the start of a long-term relationship.

Gordon said, “Luckily I don’t have the wear and tear on my body as I would normally think of someone at this age and my career, so hopefully I can play until I’m 37, 38.” Yes, who knows.” “I’m just lucky, I guess, to be in this position. I don’t feel like it’s too early to do anything or do something that I’ve done in the past. I just want to be part of a great team and a great organization.” Yes, I will play my part.

He also hopes to apply one of the lessons learned during his latest time away from the sport.

“If you want to consistently do anything good in life, you really have to be extremely focused,” Gordon said. “I think of persistence and gratitude, just appreciation for each day, being able to wake up to be healthy, to use the resources I have and really go out there and get that.” What I want most in life, and that’s playing football in the NFL right now.”

NOTES: The Chiefs dropped DE Chris Jones (wrist), CB Charvarius Ward (quad) and TE Blake Bell (back) for Sunday’s game in Washington on Friday. … WR Tyrek Hill (quad) is listed as suspect, although Reid said “he was bouncing there very well” as a limited participant on Friday by the club from his workouts over the past two days. After putting it out. … LG Joe Thuney was a full participant in Friday’s practice, sitting with a fractured arm last week against Buffalo in the previous two days.


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