Scoopage: NFL reinstating Josh Gordon from suspension, eligible to return for last 2 games @@NFLONFOX
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 3, 2020
This basically means Gordon has served a year-long suspension. The NFL’s thought-process has been unclear on this issue. At least there appears to be some clarity at last, with the news that he will soon return.
He was originally suspended on December 16th last year. If he’s able to return on the same date this year, that would be four days before the Washington game. Presumably the need to go through Covid testing is why Jay Glazer is reporting he will return for the last two games only — because four days won’t be enough to gain clearance.
The NFL has since released a statement discussing a set of events for Gordon’s return. Although they note he can go through Covid testing tomorrow — basically everything is set up for him to safely commence practising after the Washington game on the 21st December.
The dates might be a coincidence but I doubt it.
It’s pretty clear the Seahawks could really benefit from a third dynamic receiving option. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are both performing at a high level and the other receivers have been able to chip-in. However — the ability to line up a third weapon that a defense really has to plan for is a tantalising prospect. It makes life even more difficult for an opponent.
With Gordon slated to return for the Rams game — it’ll also make it harder for LA to put Jalen Ramsey on D.K. Metcalf and then just match-up everyone else. If they have to account for Lockett and Gordon too — that’s a big challenge.
The Seahawks have also struggled to convert third downs this year. Gordon had a positive impact in that regard last season, especially in the dramatic win against San Francisco.
You need a lot of weapons in the modern NFL. Kansas City are proving that. It’s why I’ve said a few times it’s regrettable that the Seahawks didn’t take full advantage of two fantastic receiver drafts in 2019 and 2020. Yes they landed Metcalf, a genuine NFL star, but look at some of the other names who were also available (and players we talked about a lot as viable targets). They had a chance to acquire cheap, brilliant skill players for Russell Wilson for the key years of his prime.
Nevertheless, Gordon now has a chance to fill the void for the two most important remaining games of the season and a playoff run. It’s a big test for him to come in and contribute from the cold. He also needs to make sure he remains available.
This is great opportunity for him and a big boost for the Seahawks.
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