The Green Bay Packers are putting together a rather formidable roster for the 2022 season. Even though they lost one of their best players in Davante Adams, it’s easy to see why a lot of people still think of the Packers as contenders.
And as it turns out, there may be one player who could eventually bolster the Packers roster even more.
ESPN recently published a column naming one player from each team that could be cut before the season starts. One of said players is former All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon, who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Below is what Chiefs beat reporter Adam Teicher wrote regarding Gordon:
“The top four at wide receiver will be difficult for Gordon to crack after the Chiefs signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and drafted Skyy Moore and with Mecole Hardman returning. The Chiefs are unlikely to retain Gordon as a fifth or sixth wide receiver without him helping on special teams, so the math doesn’t look good for him.”
Gordon is unreliable, but the talent is worth the gamble
No one is signing Gordon to any mega-deals, these days. So, the worry of overpaying a wideout who’s entire career has been defined by the amount of suspensions he’s received shouldn’t be at the forefront -or even on the backburner- of anyone’s minds.
And let’s be real: Gordon’s NFL issues are centered around weed, of all things. There are way more serious issues surrounding NFL players. But, I digress.
Anyway, Gordon’s talent is worth the gamble, alone. If the Packers can even get 60% of his talents/potential production to work, then Gordon would easily be one of the best receivers on the roster.
If the Packers are willing to roll the dice on Sammy Watkins, then there shouldn’t be much of an argument against Gordon, to be honest.
And while the Packers do have a crowded receiver room, it isn’t as talented nor is it as defined as the Chiefs’ receiver room. Meaning, Gordon has a better chance at carving out a role/nailing down a roster spot.
The biggest holdup will be Gordon’s inability to play special teams. He’s only played five snaps on special teams over the entire course of his career. So, like Teicher notes, he’s going to have to crack the top-3 or top-4 receiver positions on the Packers roster in order to make the 53.
But, even having Gordon as an inactive on game day or worst-case scenario, on the practice squad, Gordon provides depth with a high ceiling that can be called upon when needed.
Even though that’s a tall task, if anyone can get it done, it’s Gordon.
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