RapSheet: Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated, suspended four games

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated, source said. He’s suspended for the first four games.

Gordon’s reinstatement is conditional, source said. But he can participate in training camp.

Gordon will be playing in preseason games, though he’ll still have to participate in treatment. When he’s suspended, he CAN be in meetings.

Fantasy Impact: 

We're not sure what Rapoport means by "reinstatement is conditional," but maybe he explained that in his latest tweet on the subject where he talked about how Gordon can play in the preseason and attend meetings, but that he'll continue to participate in treatment. From a fantasy standpoint, this clearly will have big impact on the Browns' offense. The likely starter at quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is more attractive as a late-round pick, while Corey Coleman takes a hit as he's likely to see WR2-type targets instead of the WR1 targets for which he was already slated. As for Gordon, he was the #2 fantasy receiver in 2013 (in just 14 games), but he wasn't nearly as productive when he played in 2014. With Brian Hoyer at quarterback, Gordon averaged 4.8 catches (on 9.4 targets per game) for 61 yards and failed to find the end zone in five games. Presumably, Gordon will have to convince new HC Hue Jackson that he's truly serious about changing his ways, and if he's convincing, Jackson would be foolish not to try to utilize Gordon's talents in his offense. We'll update our rankings momentarily, but Gordon is shaping up to be a 6th- or 7th-round pick, though owners who are not risk-adverse may want to pull the trigger earlier.

Filed Under: 2016, Preseason

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