When Josh Gordon was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, many fans and analysts thought he’d play a somewhat pivotal role within this offense, either as a starter or a role player. Throughout the year, that hasn’t been the case. Josh Gordon has been on the active roster for five weeks; he has only caught one pass for 11 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week Five.
To make matters worse, he has only seen three targets thrown his way after his first reception (one target against the Giants, Titans, and Packers), and he has failed to catch a single pass after the fact. Additionally, Gordon has played in 21% of offensive snaps this season; the most snaps he played in was 32 against the Giants, where he failed to make a single reception.
The question is now out; will Josh Gordon ever become a part of the Chiefs’ offense?
The Chiefs’ Receiving Core
Outside of Tyreek Hill, the other Chiefs’ WRs have been somewhat lackluster, save for Byron Pringle, who has looked solid this year. In 36% of offensive snaps, Pringle has caught 18 passes on 25 targets for 255 yards and two touchdowns, good for an average of 14.2 yards per catch, which leads the team. He hasn’t had a bad year for himself regarding the snap count numbers.
While Mecole Hardman is ranked third in receiving yards on the Chiefs, he isn’t making the most of his opportunities regarding his snap count. Hardman has caught 38 passes for 372 yards and a touchdown on 53 targets (71.7 catch %). However, he is averaging under ten yards per reception (9.8 yards). As I said, he’s not making the most of his opportunities.
Demarcus Robinson has been okay, too. While he only has 13 receptions, he has 153 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets. He just hasn’t been so hot as of the past three games, catching three passes on six targets for a meager 27 yards. Also, his snap counts are decreasing, playing only in 14 offensive snaps on Sunday.
The one player I can see him taking snaps from is Robinson. With Robinson not playing as hot, this will give him the perfect opportunity to go in and make a few plays. Still, I don’t see him taking snaps away from Hardman or Pringle just yet; he needs to prove that he can play in-game before that ever happens.
Josh Gordon’s Improvement
Josh Gordon himself knows he has to improve. He recently tweeted out this a few days ago:
It seems as though he’ll be working hard to refine his craft to earn himself some more playing time and continue to learn the Chiefs’ offensive system. As he says in his Tweet, there are no excuses. Well, let’s hope Chiefs’ kingdom gets to see him in action in the future. He still has some fuel left in the tank, and fans can’t wait to see him in action.
Gordon will one day be a part of this Chiefs’ offense, but it will take some much-needed time. The way I see it, Gordon probably won’t be seeing a multitude of snaps until he gets the playbook and shows what he can do in the snaps he does get. If I had to predict a week in where he’ll be more in the offensive scheme (if he steadily improves), I’d say in Week 13 against the Broncos. The bye week should give him more time to refine his craft.
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