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Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 4/13/1991 | Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Utah | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 100/100
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Agent: Browns' Josh Gordon has bright future in NFL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Browns receiver Josh Gordon is serving a suspension for repeated violations of the NFL drug policy, but his agent promises that he has plenty of football left. 

"He's hanging in there," Drew Rosenhaus said, per Cleveland.com. "He's biding his time. It's a difficult process and it's meant to be difficult obviously. But I've got faith in him and he'll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL in my opinion."

Rosenhaus said that Gordon is doing well, and he is confident that he can remain clean. "It's been about four months and we're just trying to get him through this year,'' Rosenhaus said.


Report: Browns notified Josh Gordon multiple times in writing he was late


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) The Browns reportedly told wide receiver Josh Gordon in writing multiple times he was late for team meetings or functions, according to Cleveland.com.

The NFLPA has filed a grievance on Gordon's behalf to receive the game check he would have been paid if not suspended, approximately $48,564. Other than the game check, the suspension prohibited Gordon from playing his game of the season and prevented him from being able to hit unrestricted free agency.


Report: NFLPA files non-injury grievance vs. Browns for Gordon ban


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance against the Browns for a one-game suspension imposed on Josh Gordon at the end of last season that could delay his free agency status, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

If Gordon, 23, wins the grievance and gets credit for a sixth game in 2014, he'd be eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. If he loses, he wouldn't hit free agency until after the 2017 season.

In February, Gordon was suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He missed the first 10 games of 2014 due to a previous drug suspension. He finished the year with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.


Browns do not plan to release Josh Gordon in near future


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Browns owner Jimmy Haslam spoke to reporters Wednesday and said the team has no plans to release wide receiver Josh Gordon in the near future, reports the Associated Press.

Gordon was recently suspended for the 2015 season after testing positive for alcohol, which Haslam said disappointed the team. 


Report: Josh Gordon to file grievance over Week 17 suspension


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/4/2015) Browns receiver Josh Gordon will soon file a grievance over the team suspending him Week 17 for missing a Saturday walkthrough, reports Pro Football Talk. The grievance will affect when Gordon qualifies for free agency, assuming he wins reinstatement from the one-year suspension announced Tuesday.

If Gordon, 23, wins the grievance and gets credit for a sixth game in 2014, he'd be eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. If he loses, he wouldn't hit free agency until after the 2017 season.

According to PFT, Gordon must pass up to 10 monthly drug tests over the next year to have any chance of returning to the NFL.


NFL suspends Browns WR Josh Gordon for at least one year


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) The NFL announced Tuesday that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

"As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh," general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization. Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the National Football League. We will have no further comment on Josh as he will not be permitted in our facility for the duration of his suspension."

Gordon tested positive for alcohol, according to a January report. He was being tested for alcohol due to a prior DUI. His future with the Browns remains in doubt heading into the offseason.


Reports: Josh Gordon tests positive again, facing 1-year ban


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/25/2015) Browns wideout Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol and "now will be subject to a one-year banishment," sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gordon was suspended for the first 10 games this season for a repeat violation of the league's drug policy.

Pro Football Talk reports that because of Gordon's past DUI, alcohol was one of the substances for which he was being tested. The website said a one-year suspension is likely a "done deal."

The Browns also suspended Gordon for missing a Saturday walkthrough before the regular-season finale, and CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported then the Browns might be ready to part ways with the ultra-talented 23-year-old.

The Browns released the following statement regarding the news: 

"Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh. At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time."


Browns coach on Gordon: Offseason puts him at crossroads with us


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine had some choice words about his embattled wide receiver Josh Gordon during Monday's press conference, according to the Associated Press. Pettine said he'll take some time in the offseason to step away from his emotions before deciding if Gordon should be kept next season.

"Clearly a disappointing end to the year for Josh Gordon," Pettine said. "At some point you get tired of using the word potential.

"This offseason puts him squarely at the crossroads with us. We want him to be here."

Gordon was suspended for missing a Saturday morning walkthrough, and CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that the Browns are tired of Gordon's antics and could be ready to part ways with the 23-year-old. He missed the first 10 games of the year due to yet another drug suspension. He finished 2014 with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.


Haslam: Pettine will return; players must mature


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Browns owner Jimmy Haslam not only confirmed that Mike Pettine will be back as coach in 2015, but he also spoke after the Sunday loss about the lack of maturity exhibited by players such as rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and suspended wideout Josh Gordon .

Haslam told the media that they disrespected the team, fans and staff. But he added that the pair would be given the opportunity next year to prove they've matured.


Report: Browns WR Gordon launching legal battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will be fighting against the Week 17 suspension that will prevent him from reaching unrestricted free agent status after next season, per ESPN. He will not be unrestricted until 2016 if his camp cannot battle successfully against the ruling.

Gordon was suspended for missing a Saturday morning walkthrough. He missed the first 10 games of the year due to yet another drug suspension.


Josh Gordon's days with Browns may be numbered


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Josh Gordon will file a grievance with the Browns after being suspended for the final game of the season against Baltimore, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports on Sunday.

His one-game ban prevents him from being an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. He would have needed to be paid six games in order to accrue a season. If the Browns choose to to pay him for Week 17, Gordon would have only been paid for five games this year, making him a restricted free agent after 2015, not unrestricted.

According to La Canfora's report, Gordon's days with the Browns may be numbered, as the organization has grown tired of his behavior off the field. The previous front office regime tried repeatedly to trade him last season, but was vetoed by ownership. It remains to be seen if owner Jimmy Haslam will be willing to take reduced compensation in exchange for Gordon, who finished 2014 with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.


Report: Talks ongoing on Browns WR Josh Gordon's 2016 status


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Talks are ongoing between the Browns and wide receiver Josh Gordon on whether he will lose his accrued season and the ability to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 after being suspended for the last game of the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Players need to be paid for six games of action in order to accrue a season, and Gordon played just his fifth game of the season in Week 16 after serving a 10-game suspension to begin the season. The talks involve whether Gordon will be a restricted or unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. He finishes 2014 with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.


Browns suspend Josh Gordon for violation of team rules


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Browns suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon for a violation of team rules, per the team's official website. Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported that Gordon and Johnny Manziel were absent from Cleveland's walkthru on Saturday, in preparation for Sunday's season finale against Baltimore.

Gordon emerged in 2013 as one of the most explosive skill position players in the NFL. Despite losing the first two games to suspension, he racked up 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and didn't make his 2014 debut until Week 12 against Atlanta. His tumultuous 2014 campaign comes to an end with only 24 catches for 303 yards and no touchdowns in five games.

The suspension will prevent him from being an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. He would have needed six games to earn a credited season. The one-game suspension by the Browns gives Gordon five games this year, making him a restricted free agent after 2015, not unrestricted.


Hard to pin Josh Gordon's struggles on him


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon hasn't been nearly the dynamic playmaker we expected since his return from suspension, as he put together yet another subpar performance in Week 16 against the Panthers.

Gordon had four receptions on seven targets to finish second on the team with 45 yards, but continues to disappoint Fantasy owners. Gordon, who was arguably the top receiver in the league a year ago, has just one 100-yard effort in five games, and has yet to find the end zone. Of course, it's not all Gordon's fault, as the Browns' quarterbacks have thrown just one touchdown in that time, compared to 10 interceptions.

Gordon made the most out of a bad quarterback situation last season too, but at some point, it is just too much to overcome. The Browns' quarterbacks have just 12 touchdowns to 15 interceptions on the season, production they almost have to improve on next season.

Gordon's upside remains tremendous, but it's awfully tough to rely on him heading into Week 17 against the Ravens. Owners in long-term Dynasty and keeper leagues shouldn't let five bad games with zero help from the quarterbacks dictate how they view him, however. 


Gordon leads small group of Browns contributors Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Rather than play a standout role, Browns wideout Josh Gordon merely led a small group of minor contributors to a Sunday loss against the host Panthers.

Gordon finished with four catches for 45 yards. Also chipping in were tight end Jim Dray and wideout Taylor Gabriel, both of whom caught just one short pass.


Is Josh Gordon still worth starting?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) If you caught any of the Browns' game Week 15 against Cincinnati, chances are the Bengals had the ball. After all, they had it for nearly twice as long as the Browns did, running 71 plays to their 38.

Of course, we all know the reason why. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was making his first NFL start. It resulted in zero points for the Browns and all of five first downs.

The good news for wide receiver Josh Gordon is he was responsible for more than half of Manziel's passing yards. The bad news is Manziel had only 80 passing yards. A three-catch, 48-yard performance isn't what you expect from a stud wide receiver and may well be why you were eliminated from your league's playoffs this weekend.

Worse yet is that it came on the heels of a two-catch, 15-yard performance for Gordon. Of course, this one wasn't his fault, but that's not entirely relevant, is it? If Manziel remains under center for the Browns, Gordon will have to take whatever he gives him.

It's risky, sticking with Gordon in Fantasy. If any Browns player is worth giving the benefit of the doubt, it's him. He's just that special. But with Manziel throwing him the ball, it may not matter. After the performance the rookie just had, you're going on blind faith Week 16 at Carolina, which is reason to ask yourself if the best wide receiver on your bench is as likely to lose it for you as Gordon.


Browns WR Gordon OK in miserable team performance


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Wide receiver Josh Gordon was the offensive player of the game for the Browns on Sunday against Cincinnati - but that's not saying anything.

Gordon caught three passes for 48 yards and the only two decent downfield throws by rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel all afternoon.


Browns WR Gordon upset with benchings on third downs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Browns struggling wide receiver Josh Gordon admitted Thursday that he was irked about not being on field for some third down plays in the Week 14 loss to Indianapolis, particularly when they were not converted, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Gordon caught just two passes for 15 yards in the defeat and has been criticized for not completing routes and for what is perceived by some as a poor work ethic.


Not all bad for Josh Gordon


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2014) Josh Gordon's third game back from suspension Week 14 against Indianapolis didn't live up to the first two. Not only did he catch just two passes for 15 yards, but he also saw his playing time reduced -- and by design, apparently.

But what gets overlooked in the disappointment is just how close Gordon came to having a monster game. There was the overthrow on what could have been an 80-plus yard touchdown early in the second half and the decision to pull up early only to turn on the jets again on a 50-yard pass that would have put the Browns in position for a game-winning field goal with about 20 seconds to go if it hadn't slipped through his fingertips. If he converts on either of those long catches, we're not talking about him now, and if he converts on both, we're lauding every Fantasy owner who had the foresight to stash him away for 11 weeks.

And for all the talk of reduced playing time and poor conditioning, the fact Gordon had a chance to put the Browns in position for the game-winning field goal tells us a couple things: He was involved in the game plan right up until the very end, and his indecision and rust were the only things preventing him from turning in a big play at that critical moment.

It may not all be smooth sailing for Gordon, but I'm sticking with the player who led the NFL in receiving last year despite having no better quarterback to work with than ... well, than Hoyer.

For other major takeaways from Week 14, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Browns WR Josh Gordon a mess against Colts


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Browns ballyhooed wideout Josh Gordon had a disastrous game Sunday against Indianapolis. He was again out-of-sync with quarterback Brian Hoyer and finished with only two catches for 15 yards.

Surprisingly, Gordon was often removed from the game on third downs. He tied for the team lead in targets with seven, but will have to wait until Week 15 against Cincinnati to bounce back.


Browns WR Josh Gordon on his routes: 'I've got a long way to go'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon told reporters Thursday he's still shaking off his rust from his 10-game suspension, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Gordon revealed that three of Brian Hoyer's five interceptions over the previous two games came from Gordon running the wrong routes.

In the Buffalo game, Hoyer was picked off because his pass intended for Gordon was underthrown. Gordon told reporters he "was supposed to make an in-cut," but instead ran a different route. As a result, Hoyer's poor performance led to coach Mike Pettine temporarily benching him in favor of Johnny Manziel.

Despite his route-running issues, Gordon has 15 catches for 195 yards and no touchdowns through his first two games back from suspension.

"I know in my mind I'm not where I want to be, because I'd like for it to be just second nature and for me to not have to think about it," Gordon said. "(Before) I'd hear half the play in the huddle and still know what to do. But it's not like that right now so I have to compensate and study a little more than everybody else. I'm playing catch-up. I've got a long way to go to be where I want to be."


Josh Gordon should be fine with any quarterback


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2014) Between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon certainly wasn't hurting for targets Week 13 at Buffalo, leading the team with 13. His seven catches for 75 yards left something to be desired after he had eight for 120 in his return from a suspension in Week 12, but if that's the downside for him, you shouldn't have any reservations about starting him going forward.

I wouldn't worry about him even if Manziel takes over permanently for the Browns. Some quarterbacks make the wide receiver. Some wide receivers make the quarterback. Considering some of the players he had throwing him the ball last year, Gordon falls into that latter category, which actually gives me some fleeting interest in Manziel himself.

For more of my major takeaways from Week 13, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Browns WR Gordon fades after intermission in Week 13


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon had a bittersweet afternoon Sunday against the Bills. He caught seven passes for 75 yards, but was out of sync with quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Gordon made the ultimate error when he failed to cut in on a pass in the second quarter that resulted in an interception. He struggled to make an impact in a terrible second half after catching six pases for 57 yards before intermission. He was targeted 13 times, giving him 30 in two games since his return from a suspension.

He will try to remain a force throughout when Indianapolis arrives next Sunday for a game the Browns need to win to remain solidly in the playoff race.


Browns WR Gordon feels alienated by some in organization


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Browns All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon told friend and fellow receiver Nate Burleson in an interview for NFL Network that he has felt alienated by some in the organization since being suspended for 10 games for violating the league's drug policy.

Gordon returned to action in Week 12 to catch eight passes for 120 yards and key a critical victory in Atlanta.

"The lowest point of all this I think was the disassociation from a lot of friends you thought were close or you thought were kind of cool with really not checking on you anymore, [not] hitting you up anymore, [not] wanting to hang out," Gordon said. "As far as even people in here (with the Browns), I don't want to throw names around, but I can see it.

"I'm definitely really observant so I see how people might just be more standoffish (than) they were before. It's kind of like a disease. People they want to see it, but they don't really want to touch it."

Gordon and the Browns are at Buffalo on Sunday.


Even out of sync, Josh Gordon dominates


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and star wide receiver Josh Gordon weren't entirely in sync in the latter's return from a 10-game suspension Week 12 at Atlanta, as evidenced by Hoyer's two interceptions late in the fourth quarter -- both on passes that sailed well beyond Gordon's reach. But even so, Gordon put up big numbers in his season debut, leading the Browns with eight catches for 120 yards.

Though the Browns initially said he'd play only 20-30 snaps, Gordon was consistently on the field, getting twice as many targets (16) as any other Browns player. And though his longest catch went for only 24 yards, he was targeted on several deep balls that, perhaps with a better rapport with Hoyer, could have resulted in big gains.

In other words, if you've stashed Gordon, the NFL's leading receiver last year, all this time, give yourself a pat on the back. He looks like he'll be a stud down the stretch and should have even bigger games than this one in store.