3 reasons the Carolina Panthers should take a chance on Josh Gordon

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Carolina Panthers Reason No. 1: Josh Gordon’s physical threat

The Carolina Panthers have plenty of players that can make an impact in the passing game. But none possess the sort of physical presence that Josh Gordon would give the franchise.

He is a powerful individual that has no trouble getting off the block when opposing defenses revert to press coverage. This allows him to create separation easily over short routes. And it also enables Gordon to make his presence felt across the middle when required.

The wideout is a freakish athlete that is incredibly hard to stop when firing on all cylinders. This is the primary reason why teams have been so willing to give him chance after chance. Because he can make things happen at will.

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Putting Gordon on the Panthers could see them boast the most dynamic receiving corps in the NFL. There is nothing that this unit couldn’t do with the former second-round pick on the roster. And providing all his troubles are in the past. It represents an option that could have positive ramifications on the chances of the team and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

One doesn’t have to look far for the complications that come with such a move. Gordon’s problems are well documented. And if things turn sour once again, then he can kiss his chances of a professional career goodbye for good.

If he can return to the form that saw him make first-team All-Pro with the Cleveland Browns in 2013, someone will be getting a real player on their hands. Gordon recorded 87 receptions, 1,646 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. And this also saw the player secure a yards-per-catch average of 18.9 to further highlight his overall talent.