This is the big debut that everyone is talking about, but Andy Reid and company have already said that they’re going to ease Gordon into it. In fact, just because he’s on the active roster—elevated this week from the practice squad for the Chiefs—doesn’t mean that he’s actually going to play. The team has kept Daurice Fountain on the sidelines in the same way as a healthy scratch and the team hasn’t done anything to remove someone in Gordon’s way (a la release or demote anyone like Demarcus Robinson or Marcus Kemp).
Still the Chiefs didn’t sign Gordon to let him sit and the reviews on his readiness have been strong so far—both in terms of getting the offense down and being in shape. Even if Gordon can provide a dozen reps, it will be very interesting to see how he’s using his body these days to catch the ball and to watch how separation skills, especially off the line.
If Gordon can be the sort of dangerous target in one-on-one matchups that a healthy Sammy Watkins could provide, it’s going to be a good night for K.C.