Josh Gordon probably won't make his Kansas City Chiefs debut this week, but Patrick Mahomes expects him to make a big impact once he gets on the field.
"Everywhere he's been, he's kind of dominated," Mahomes told reporters Wednesday. "He can make plays in one-on-one coverage. He's a big receiver. Even if he's covered, he's not covered. You can kind of throw it up there and he can make plays."
The Chiefs signed Gordon earlier this week after the talented wideout was reinstated by the NFL following his sixth suspension since 2013. Gordon last played for the Zappers of the Fan Controlled Football league earlier this year while serving his suspension.
The NFL's leading receiver in 2013, Gordon has not played more than 12 games in a season since that campaign due to off-field issues. He was suspended for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons for repeated violations of the NFL's policy on substances of abuse and other non-football-related issues.
Those problems led to his departure from the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks organizations, all of which took chances on Gordon because of his prodigious talent. Still only 30 years old, Gordon did not seem to be the same caliber of receiver the last time we saw him in an NFL uniform. He compiled just seven receptions for 139 yards in five games with the Seahawks in 2019.
"I'm sure they'll incorporate him with a couple roles in the offense as the season goes on, as we get him up to speed, and we'll see where that takes us," Mahomes said. "He'll have his role. He's a great football player, but in this offense everybody gets a chance to make plays.''
It's possible that Gordon will wind up stepping into the role vacated by Sammy Watkins, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency.