Former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon, who is being reinstated, is planning to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, sources tell ESPN. His agents, Eric Dounn and Matt Leist, confirmed Gordon is headed to Kansas City.
This is a nice landing spot for Gordon who could easily climb to the team's WR2 role, however behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Still, the team certainly has a need for a WR2 as Hardman has 11 catches for 107 yards and a TD over the first three weeks and Pringle has a 5-81-1 line over the same span. Gordon is worth grabbing on the waiver wire this week just for being a Chief and having Patrick Mahomes as his QB. Back in 2019 Gordon appeared in 11 games, playing for both the Patriots and Seahawks. Gordon only caught seven passes from Russell Wilson while playing limited snaps, but averaged a robust 19.9 yards per reception. Of course, Gordon's history makes him a risk.
The Chiefs used a lot of multiple tight end formations during Reid's early seasons. From 2014 through 2017, they were in the NFL's top 10 every season in number of plays out with three tight end personnel groupings. They led the league in that category in 2016.
But the Chiefs since moved away from those formations as they improved at wide receiver, adding first Tyreek Hill and later Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman. They used no three tight end formations in either 2018 or 2019 and though they did use two tight ends on occasion, Travis Kelce was on his own a lot in terms of his position.
The story said the Chiefs may not always use all four TEs at one time, but they have tinkered with it in practice and the preseason, especially close to the goal line. And, they've had success with it, scoring a TD against the Vikings in the preseason. Four TEs on the field would obviously be bad news for Hill owners because it would mean he's not on the field in those situations. Gray could be a player to keep an eye on as he's the team's fifth round pick from this year's NFL Draft.