Another NFL team is taking a chance on Josh Gordon after his recent release from New England, and he couldn’t have asked for a better fit.
Claimed from the Seattle Seahawks this afternoon - after 28 teams ahead of them on the waiver wire decided to pass - Gordon joins a dynamic receiving core headlined by underrated star Tyler Lockett and the physically imposing D.K. Metcalf, figuring to slide in perfectly on the outside.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (when he isn’t running the football) loves to throw the deep ball, and there’s no denying that's where the 6-foot-3, 225 pound Gordon excels. Able to team up with Metcalf on the perimeter, he adds a “pick your poison” element for opposing defenses to try and handle, and his elite ability to stretch secondaries will cause coordinators to lie awake at night.
His presence also takes David Moore away from his role as Seattle’s 3rd receiver and means the Seahawks can roll out an upgraded 11 personnel look - which was a grouping they already ran the majority of their plays out of. The burden on Metcalf is also lessened, as he likely won’t receive as many fades in the tight sections of the field. He’s been targeted on that route as much as any receiver in the league, and he hasn’t necessarily been efficient on many of those snaps. Gordon’s natural “box-out” style fits perfectly in those same situations.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, Gordon’s addition simply adds another element to Russell Wilson’s MVP-type season. Making players like Moore, Malik Turner, and Jaron Brown look like legit wideouts, the thought of Wilson - the best deep thrower in the league - teaming up with Gordon is mouth-watering. Although Tom Brady is an amazing passer, his ability to challenge defenses vertically doesn’t come close to Wilson’s, and it’s only natural to expect an uptick in per-target production for Gordon because of that fact.
In a run-first offense, Gordon's fantasy will remain touchdown-dependent, but there's no denying this is the perfect fit for both sides.
Seattle has a vertically attacking passing game and tends to take chances on embattled players. Gordon is an embattled play who is at his best pressing vertically.
Folks, that’s what we call a win-win.
Oh, and corners - good luck defending this.