The Athletic recently revealed their 53-man roster projection for the Kansas City Chiefs and they have a former Pro-Bowler being cut before the season starts.

Nate Taylor, who covers the Chiefs for The Athletic, has Kansas City keeping six wide receivers: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman, Skyy Moore, Justin Watson, and Daurice Fountain.

That means Taylor thinks former Pro-Bowler Josh Gordon won’t be on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster this season.

Taylor cites Gordon’s lack of special teams contributions as a key reason why he’s on the outside of this roster projection.

From The Athletic:

The player who has fallen on the depth chart is Josh Gordon, the six-year veteran who started camp in a strong position to earn a roster spot. But Gordon has had drops, and he didn’t record a reception in Saturday’s game despite being targeted three times. Gordon needs to be strong on offense since he doesn’t offer versatility through special teams.

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Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Josh Gordon before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Gordon is an immensely talented player who looked like he was poised to dominate the NFL for years to come after a monstrous 2013 season that saw him catch 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Gordon couldn’t get out of his own way. Since 2013, he’s missed three full seasons (due to suspension) and the majority of five other seasons. His best year since 2013 came in 2018 when he caught 41 passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns while spending time with the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots.

If Gordon doesn’t make Kansas City’s roster this fall, he’ll likely look to catch on with another team that needs some wide receiver depth. The Chicago Bears could be a solid option for Gordon, but at this point, it seems like his best days are behind him.

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