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NFL: Titans activate Josh Gordon for MNF vs. Buffalo as the WR prepares for debut for fifth franchise

NFL veteran Josh Gordon made his Tennessee debut as the 31-year-old began life on the field with a fifth NFL franchise.

Gordon was activated hours before Monday night’s game in Buffalo after being on the team’s practice squad for nearly three weeks.

Gordon was signed by team AFC South after his release from Kansas City on August 30.

After his activation prior to Monday Night Football, Gordon’s agent Zac Hiller told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that his client simply needed a chance.

“Josh just needs opportunities to prove he’s still the incredible player and talent he always was.” he said.

The Titans signed Gordon to add depth to the position following the offseason trade of Star Pass catcher AJ Brown.

“I think I’m picking it up at a pretty good pace right now,” Gordon said of his Tennessee adaptation Friday of John Glennon.

“From the opportunities I was given in training and what they asked of me, I was just trying to fit in and know my position, know my place when I’m called and when I’m ready. So far so good in that regard.”

In their opening game of the NFL season, Tennessee lost 21-20 at home to the rejuvenated New York Football Giants.

The Titans failed to produce a tremendous performance from their receiving corps as the team’s lead yard, Kyle Phillips, went wideout and amassed 6 receptions for 66 yards.

Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel has praised Gordon for his application since entering the building earlier this month.

“Josh continues to improve and understand how we approach our offense, the terminology and where he wants to play,” Vrabel said Saturday.

“It was good. That’s what we’re asking all these guys on the practice team to do as starters every week. All these guys are trying to do that.’

Monday night marks another chapter in a checkered career for Gordon, who led the league in receiving for 1,646 yards in 2013.

Many might have thought his NFL dreams were over after his release from Kansas City, but there is hope he can return and make a difference in the AFC South.

Gordon signed with the Chiefs last season after a decade-long NFL odyssey that has seen the troubled receiver receive no fewer than five suspensions over substance abuse issues.

Despite his frequent suspensions, Gordon still attracted a lot of interest last season when he was reinstated by the NFL. He eventually caught five passes in 12 games for the Chiefs.

Gordon signed with the Chiefs in September 2021, shortly after the NFL reinstated him following an indefinite suspension he received in December 2019.

Gordon was suspended for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted just a month – with no on-pitch appearances – and was overturned in January 2021.

The exact substances Gordon used weren’t disclosed, but he told GQ in 2017 that he used marijuana and drank alcohol before both college and NFL games, and also admitted to abusing prescription drugs and cocaine to have.

Gordon joined the league in the 2012 Supplemental Draft and was selected in the second round — No. 1 overall — by the Browns.

He played at Cleveland until 2018 – missing 2015-16 through suspension – and then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving to Seattle.

In all, the NFL has suspended him six times.

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