New York Giants: Pros and Cons of Signing Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Josh Gordon, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants’ wide receivers certainly aren’t bad, but the potential addition of Josh Gordon could help quite a bit.

The New York Giants have three main wide receivers in Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton, plus a star tight end in Evan Engram. This being said, Daniel Jones and the G-Men have several targets to help move the ball downfield.

However, one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL could be an option if the Giants want another playmaker. That receiver is none other than Josh Gordon.

Gordon is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL when he’s on the field, but the problem is, he’s not on the field enough. Gordon has struggled with drug addiction and has been suspended by the NFL on numerous occasions because of it.

Gordon is currently suspended indefinitely but has applied for reinstatement, and if he were to be reinstated, the Giants should consider the talented wide-out.

Gordon was most recently on the Seattle Seahawks as he helped them win four of the five games he appeared in. However, Gordon spent the first half of the 2019 season with the New England Patriots as the Pats won all six of the games Gordon appeared in.

This being said, Gordon undoubtedly helps teams out as the teams he was on went a combined 10-1 when Gordon played. In the 21 games Gordon didn’t play in for the Patriots and Seahawks in 2019, the two teams were a combined 13-8. The win percentage differential for when Gordon was on the teams vs. off of them in 2019 was 90.9% vs. 61.9%.

That’s pretty significant and while it might be a coincidence, it shows you the potential impact Gordon can have on a team.

In all honesty, there is only one con of signing Josh Gordon: he is a complete wild card. Since 2013 Gordon has been suspended five different times, totaling over 50 games missed due to these suspensions.

This being said, if you sign Josh Gordon, you bring him in knowing the potential trouble that could come with it.

However, if you bring in Josh Gordon you also sign him knowing the potentially amazing impact he can have on your team.

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Gordon has played 14 games in a season only once in his career, and that was back in 2013. During that season, Gordon managed to go for an astonishing 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns on 87 receptions with the Cleveland Browns.

Since then, Gordon has missed two complete seasons and has failed to play more than 12 games in a single season since then. But what this shows you is just how good Gordon could be.

At only 29 years old, Gordon has plenty of time to still be an elite wide receiver in the NFL, as long as he can stay on the field without getting suspended again.

Adding Gordon to the likes of Shepard, Tate, Slayton, and Engram could make for an elite offense as the Giants also have young talent in Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley as well. These elite weapons would give the Giants one of the better offenses in the NFL, as long as their offensive line could hold their own.

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Josh Gordon could legitimately be the difference between the Giants making the playoffs and missing it, and if he does get reinstated, the Giants would be foolish to not at least consider the former pro bowler.