Jets at the NFL Trade Deadline 2013: Should They Acquire Josh Gordon?

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Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) breaks up the pass intended to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Monday afternoon, at the end of business, is the end of the trading period for the 2013 NFL season. The Jets, as we know, have been much better than most expected, with a 4-3 record. They are hanging onto the playoff race, fighting for the second wild card spot.

The question is, should the Jets be buyers?

The name we are hearing most often is Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon. Let’s talk both sides of this debate, and I’ll leave you with my opinion overall.

The rumor is that the Jets are offering, or are willing to offer, Kyle Wilson and a high draft pick. Most of the fan base, our friend Nick Spano excluded, would not be that upset to see Kyle Wilson go. He certainly has been a guy that has underperformed as a member of the Jets. Kyle has not fulfilled the promise that comes with a first round pick, that’s for sure.

Josh Gordon is certainly a player that would help this team. 6’3″, 225 pounds is the size you love to have in a wide receiver. The Jets have had a receiver of that size for two separate stints during Rex Ryan’s tenure. At 6’3″, 214 pounds stood one Braylon Edwards.

His performance would certainly give Geno Smith and company a boost. In five games in 2013, Gordon has already amassed 27 receptions for 450 yards and 2 TDs, averaging over 90 yards per game. He is also averaging over 16 yards per catch, certainly the numbers of an able downfield threat. So far, Josh has also averaged 5.1 YAC per reception, which tops all Jets’ receivers not named Santonio Holmes. This also makes him a good fit for a West Coast style offense.

This comes after a 2012 rookie season where Josh posted 50 receptions for 805 yards and five TDs. He averaged of 16 yards per catch in 2012 as well, marking a CONSISTENT deep threat. He is also a clutch receiver, with 62 of his 77 career receptions to date leading to first down conversions for the Browns.

He also could be a guy used in alternative plays, Wildcat/pistol plays..etc. He hasn’t been used on the ground much, only twice, but is averaging 11 yards per carry. The talent is there, and it is obvious.

So, where is the downside? Well….

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  • Jeremy Gant

    I’d do it sometimes you take a chance the vikes did with moss in 98 and it it work well for them maybe a change of scene would help him out plus i think geno would benefit from this move josh gordon bottom line would make us a top o in the league we have a young ob that has a huge upside with gordon on the filed it opens up holmes,hill,kerley and makes things easyer for geno just my theory

  • GodsonOfAJetsFan

    1) I think all the speculation with Gordon needs to stop. He’s not leaving Cleveland. Or at least I think they’d have to be insane to let him go, especially after Trent Richardson’s leaving

    2) If someone has character issues, you don’t bring them to the big apple. plain and simple. I really hope that the Jets don’t take the bait, but I also don’t think they will. Idzik has turned this circus into, well, not a circus. I hope he follows this year up with another great draft.

  • Vincent Hall

    I don’t see the Browns trading him. That would be counter productive to building a good team in Cleveland. They got him for a second round pick, and he is producing at nearly a pro bowl rate. Draft picks wouldn’t be worth it to them,when they already found what they were drafting for.