Josh Gordon plans on making most of his latest opportunity

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Chiefs receiver Josh Gordon had not played a game since Dec. 15, 2019, when he stepped on the field last week. Gordon saw nine snaps against the Bills, catching one pass for 11 yards.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he anticipated Gordon getting around 20 snaps last week, but the team’s early deficit changed those plans. Gordon should see more opportunities this week.

Gordon, 30, is just happy to have a job in the NFL. Five suspensions have led to the one-time All-Pro playing only 56 games in the 10 seasons since he entered the league as a second-round supplemental choice of the Browns.

“The opportunities, it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing to have,” Gordon said, via Matt Derrick of the Associated Press. “Most importantly, this one being here. It’s brand new. It’s current. I’m in the present. I’m taking it all in stride, and I’m enjoying it.”

Gordon signed with the Chiefs’ practice squad Sept. 28, one day after the NFL reinstated him. The Chiefs promoted him to the game-day roster after only three practices.

“Really you have to have an extreme level of focus if you want to do anything consistently well in life,” Gordon said. “I think perseverance and gratitude, just appreciation for every day, being able to wake up being healthy, having the resources I have at my disposal to use and really go out there and get what it is that I desire most in life, and that right now is playing football in the NFL.”

Gordon hasn’t played a full season since appearing in all 16 games as a rookie. He played 14 games the next season when he led the league with 1,646 receiving yards.

Gordon plans on making this stay in the NFL a long one but one day at a time.

“Fortunately, I don’t have the wear and tear on my body that somebody I guess normally at this age and stage in their career, so hopefully I can play until I’m 37, 38, who knows,” Gordon said. “I’m just fortunate, I think, to be in this position. I don’t feel like there’s a rush to do anything or do something I’ve done in the past. I just want to be a part of a great team and a great organization, play my role.”

14 responses to “Josh Gordon plans on making most of his latest opportunity

  1. Definitely feels like the Chiefs are headed the way of the Seahawks. A single Super Bowl title. A follow up Super Bowl loss. Then years and years of obscurity and mediocrity.

  2. This is like me taking back my girlfriend for the 7th time and she swears she won’t cheat on me agian.

  3. I think Josh Gordon is an incredible talent. I also hope that he is able to fight his demons successfully this time and make the most of this chance. I also wouldn’t bet ten cents on it happening. But I hope I’m wrong.

  4. Josh Gordon has been picked up in our fantasy footbsll league….,,,.,and dropped 3 days later after failing his drug test.

  5. Yeah, I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve heard this same thing from Josh Gordon. It’s become a lame joke. Will anyone be surprised when he has another ‘setback?’

  6. That’s all fine. We get it’s going to be a struggle and always will be. But what attempts are you making to SERIOUSLY address your issues, Josh?

  7. I’m all for second (or sixth) chances, but this sounds like doing the same thing over and over again and expecting that somehow, this time, the results will be different.

    I have nothing against the guy but I’m not holding my breath.

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