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Joshua Caleb Gordon[1] (born April 13, 1991), nicknamed Flash,[2] is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Baylor and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.

Josh Gordon
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Gordon with the New England Patriots in 2019
No. 10 – New England Patriots
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1991-04-13) April 13, 1991 (age 28)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Lamar (Houston, Texas)
Supplemental draft:2012 / Round: 2
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2019
Receiving yards:4,106
Rushing yards:89
Receiving touchdowns:20
Player stats at

Gordon's first two NFL seasons were highly productive; in 2013, his second season, he led all players in receiving yards and was a first-team All-Pro selection. During his NFL career, Gordon has been suspended multiple times for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He was indefinitely suspended by the league for his fourth violation during the 2014 season, being unable to play for the next three seasons. Following a lengthy rehabilitation period, he was reinstated midway through the 2017 season. In September 2018, he was traded to the New England Patriots. In December 2018, after facing another suspension from the NFL, Gordon announced he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health before returning in August 2019, just before Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season.

Early years

Gordon was born to Elaine and Herald Gordon in Houston, Texas on April 13, 1991,[3] and has two sisters, twins named Juby and Rune. Gordon is of Haitian descent.[4][5]

Gordon attended Lamar High School in Houston, where he played football, basketball, and ran track. He played basketball as a sophomore. In football, he caught 20 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. As a senior, he was named first-team All-District 20-5A after totaling 25 receptions for 531 yards (21.2 average) and nine touchdowns.[3]

He also competed in track & field as a senior, where he ran a leg on the Lamar 4 × 100m and 4 × 200m relay squads, helping them capture the state title in both events with times of 42.69 seconds and 1:30.43 minutes, respectively.[6]

During the college recruitment period, Gordon was targeted by Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas Tech. According to, Gordon was ranked as a 3-star wide receiver while rated him as a 2-star at the position.[7][8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Josh Gordon
Wide receiver
Houston, Texas Lamar 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.40 Jan 26, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 75
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 224 (WR)   Rivals: 70 (WR)  ESPN: 128 (WR)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Baylor Football Commitments". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  • "2009 Baylor Football Commits". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  • "ESPN". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Retrieved July 12, 2012.

College career

Gordon accepted an athletic scholarship to play football for Baylor University. Although he received multiple Division I offers, his choice of Baylor was easy due to his supervised probation which required him to not leave the state of Texas.[9] However, in October 2010, during his sophomore year, he and teammate Willie Jefferson were found asleep in a local Taco Bell drive-through lane. Police found marijuana in Jefferson's car. Jefferson, who was driving, was kicked off the team due to it being his second violation, but Gordon was only suspended.[10][11]

In July 2011, Gordon was suspended indefinitely by head coach Art Briles, for later failing a drug test and testing positive for marijuana.[10][11]

In August 2011, Gordon transferred to the University of Utah, where he sat out the 2011 season after declaring too late for the 2011 Supplemental Draft.[10][11]


Year Team G Rec Yards Avg Lng TD
2009 Baylor 9 1 7 7.0 7 0
2010 Baylor 13 42 714 17.0 94 7
Career 22 43 721 16.8 94 7

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 18 in
(1.91 m)
224 lb
(102 kg)
32 38 in
(0.82 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.52 s 1.57 s 2.64 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
13 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12]

Cleveland Browns

2012 season: Rookie year

Gordon was taken in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft by the Cleveland Browns.[13][14] On July 16, 2012, Gordon signed a four-year, $5.3 million deal with the Browns.[15]

Gordon finished among the top rookie wide receivers in the 2012 draft class. He recorded 50 catches, 805 yards, and five touchdowns in the 2012 season. Gordon scored his first NFL touchdown against the New York Giants, where he finished with two catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Gordon had his first 100-yard game against the Oakland Raiders in Week 13, where he finished with six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. Gordon had a then career-high of eight catches against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14.[16]

2013 season

On June 7, 2013, the NFL announced that Gordon would be suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.[17] In Week 12 Gordon had 237 receiving yards, and 261 the following week, the first time in NFL history that a wide receiver had back-to-back games with at least 200 receiving yards.[18] On December 26, 2013, he was named the Cleveland Chapter PFWA Player of the Year following the season.[19] The next day, Gordon was voted to his first Pro Bowl. In just 14 games, he finished the 2013 season with a league leading 1,646 receiving yards,[20] and was named first-team All-Pro.[21]

2014 season

Gordon during 2014 training camp

On July 5, 2014, Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired in Raleigh, North Carolina.[22]

On August 27, 2014, Gordon acknowledged that the NFL suspended him for one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.[23] On September 19, 2014, his suspension was reduced to 10 games amidst the new NFL drug policy. Gordon was officially reinstated on November 17.[24]

On December 27, 2014, exactly one year removed from being selected into the Pro Bowl, the Browns suspended Gordon from the final game of the season due to a violation of team rules.[25]

Due to Gordon's suspensions, he only played five games in the 2014 season and caught 24 passes for 303 yards.

2015 season

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.[26][27] Gordon entered the NFL's substance abuse program after pleading guilty to a driving while impaired charge in September 2014 and was prohibited from consuming alcohol during his time in the program.[28] The suspension was for one year starting on February 3, 2015 and he was not eligible to return until the start of the 2016 season.[29]

2016 season

Josh Gordon at Browns' training camp

On January 20, 2016, Gordon applied to the league for reinstatement.[30] His request was denied in March when it was reported that he had failed another drug test.[31]

On July 25, 2016, Gordon was reinstated by the NFL. He was allowed to participate in training camp but was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 regular season.[32]

On September 29, 2016, Gordon left the Browns to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. He was one week away from reinstatement to the NFL, serving his previous sentence of four regular-season games. In a press statement, Gordon wrote, "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."[33]

2017 season

On March 1, 2017, Gordon again applied to the league for reinstatement,[34] but was denied on May 11, 2017.[35] On November 1, Gordon was finally reinstated, but on a conditional basis, meaning that he would be eligible to return in Week 13.[36] He was officially activated off the Commissioner's Exempt list on November 30, 2017 for the Browns' Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.[37] He finished the game with 85 receiving yards in a 19-10 Browns loss. On December 10, 2017, while playing the Green Bay Packers, Gordon scored his first touchdown since the 2013 season.[38]

2018 season

Gordon played in only one game for the Browns in 2018. During Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he made a late-game reception for a 17-yard touchdown resulting in a 21-21 tie following overtime.[39] The following week the Browns indicated that they would be parting ways with Gordon after he "violated the team's trust".[40] Initially, it was reported that the Browns finally lost patience with him after he injured his hamstring during an off-field event on September 12. The Browns had been led to believe he was shooting a promotional video for his clothing line and didn't know he was running 40s. However, it was later reported that there were multiple factors in the decision to part ways with the troubled receiver. Reportedly, the Browns were angered when he reported to practice 10 minutes late on September 13 and was "not himself." According to The Plain Dealer, the Browns feared that he was struggling to stay sober, and had done everything they believed they could do to keep him on the right path.[41]

New England Patriots

2018 season

On September 17, 2018, Gordon was traded along with a seventh-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.[42] In his first game with the Patriots, Gordon caught 2 passes for 32 yards in a 38-7 home victory over the Miami Dolphins. On October 4, 2018, in a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Gordon caught Tom Brady's 500th NFL touchdown pass. It was also Gordon's first touchdown as a Patriot. In the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he recorded 5 receptions for 42 yards as the Patriots narrowly won 43-40. During Week 7, the Patriots went on the road to face the Chicago Bears. In the 38-31 victory, Gordon recorded 4 receptions and 100 yards to record his first 100-yard game as a Patriot. He took on defensive back duties to defend against Bears' quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's Hail Mary pass.[43] On November 4, Gordon recorded 5 receptions for 130 yards and a 55-yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.

On December 20, Gordon announced that he would step away from football to focus on his mental health. The NFL later stated that Gordon will be facing an indefinite ban for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the NFL drug policy.[44] Gordon finished his first season with the Patriots with 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

Without Gordon, the Patriots reached Super Bowl LIII where they beat the Los Angeles Rams by a score 13-3. Although he did not play in the game because of his suspension, Gordon still received a ring for his earlier contributions to the team.[45]

2019 season

On March 12, 2019, the Patriots placed a second-round tender on Gordon, securing his services for the upcoming 2019 season, should he be reinstated by the NFL.[46] Gordon took to Instagram shortly after to thank the team, and reaffirm his commitment to getting back on the field.[47][48] Two weeks later, during a press conference at the Governors’ meeting in Arizona, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about Gordon's status, and said that "the NFL was focused on getting him on the right track, and hopefully back on the field soon".[49] Ultimately, on August 16, 2019, the NFL conditionally reinstated Gordon, thus granting him the opportunity to play Week 1.[50] During Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in his first game since Week 13 of the 2018 season, Gordon had three receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown in a 33–3 win.[51]

NFL statistics

Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2012 CLE 16 13 50 805 16.1 71T 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2013 CLE 14 14 87 1,646 18.9 95T 9 5 88 17.6 34 0 0 0
2014 CLE 5 5 24 303 12.6 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 CLE 0 0 Did not play
2016 CLE 0 0 Did not play
2017 CLE 5 5 18 335 18.6 54 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 CLE 1 1 1 17 17.0 17T 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NE 11 11 40 720 18.0 55T 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 NE 1 1 3 73 24.3 44 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 53 50 223 3,899 17.5 95T 20 5 88 17.6 34 0 1 1

Records and achievements

NFL records

  • First player in NFL history to record 200 receiving yards in 2 consecutive games [1]
  • Most consecutive games, 200+ yards receiving: 2 (November 24, 2013, 237 yards; December 1, 2013, 261 yards)
  • Most receiving yards, two-game span: 498 yards (November 24, 2013, 237 yards; December 1, 2013, 261 yards)
  • Most receiving yards, three-game span: 649 yards (November 24, 2013, 237 yards; December 1, 2013, 261 yards; December 8, 2013, 151 yards)
  • Most receiving yards, four-game span: 774 yards (November 17, 2013, 125 yards; November 24, 2013, 237 yards; December 1, 2013, 261 yards; December 8, 2013, 151 yards)

Browns franchise records

  • Most receptions, game: 14 on (November 24, 2013 v PIT; tied with Ozzie Newsome, 1984)[52]
  • Most receiving yards, game: 261 yards (12/1/2013 v JAX)
  • Most receiving yards, season: 1,646 yards (2013)
  • Most receiving yards per game, season: 117.6 (2013)[53]
  • 100+ receiving yard games, season: 7 (2013)[54]


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