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Fantasy Football 2019: Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated by NFL

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Fantasy Football 2019: Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated by NFL

The NFL conditionally reinstated Patriots receiver Josh Gordon Friday and the former Baylor star will be able to rejoin the team Sunday.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter dropped the biggest bombshell of the day, reporting that the troubled receiver that has struggled with substance abuse over his NFL career will be getting another chance.

The Patriots acquired Gordon early last season from the Browns and it appeared Gordon was meshing nicely with the receiving corp until he was suspended indefinitely after violating the league's drug policy.  

Gordon has shown time and time again that when active, he is one of the most dynamic receiving options in the National Football League. 

After coming into the league in 2012, Gordon appeared to be one of the league's next great receivers. 

In his rookie season with the Browns in 2012, Gordon recorded 50 receptions for 805 receiving yards and five touchdowns in sixteen games.

The following season, Gordon blossomed into a star, recording 87 receptions to lead the NFL with 1,646 yards and grabbing nine touchdowns en route to being named First-Team All-Pro.

In August of 2014, the NFL suspended Gordon for the entire 2014-15 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. 

In February of 2015, the NFL suspended Gordon for one year for again violating the league's drug policy. 

He was reinstated by the league in July of 2016 before being activated by the Browns the next month. 

In November 2017, the Browns announced that Gordon had been fully reinstated from his suspension.

In April of 2018, the team re-signed Gordon to a one-year, $790,000 contract before trading him to New England with a conditional 2019 seventh-round draft pick on September 18 in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick. 

In 11 games with the Patriots, Gordon recorded 40 receptions for 720 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

On Dec. 20, 2018, the NFL suspended Gordon indefinitely yet again for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

On April 23, the Patriots re-signed Gordon to a one-year, $2.025 million contract.

Gordon has played five seasons total out of a possible seven. He's played 52 games out of a total 112, but when's he's at his best, he is one of the best athletes the NFL has to offer.

With Rob Gronkowski no longer with New England, and Julian Edelman the only proven option in Brady's arsenal, the team opted to select N'Keal Harry in the first round of April's draft.

Edelman is projected to be a top-20 receiver in 2019. Harry is a sleeper and isn't expected to contribute much.

Gordon is the ultimate wild-card. 

If he's active for all 16 regular-season games, he could easily finish as a top-25 fantasy receiver in PPR. 

That's just the thing though. 

If.

Gordon will not be drafted amongst the NFL's top tier receivers in fantasy drafts leading up to the season. Once the early rounds finish up, however, he possesses the best upside of anyone available. 

Would I draft Gordon ahead of up-and-comers like Seattle's Tyler Lockett or Carolina's D.J. Moore? Absolutely not.

But would I roll the dice on Gordon ahead of players like Kansas City's Sammy Watkins or Houston's Will Fuller V? Without a question.

Gordon joins the list of high-risk, high-reward options in fantasy football. He could easily be a league winner just as likely as not even taking the field.

The NFL wants Gordon to succeed and they've shown that on multiple occasions. The question is whether this will be the year he puts it all together. 

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

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Dwayne Haskins has always admired Aaron Rodgers, now he gets to face him

Dwayne Haskins has always admired Aaron Rodgers, now he gets to face him

Sunday's game against the Packers will mark the fifth career start for Dwayne Haskins in the NFL. Yet, this one will be very different from the first four.

So far, Haskins has faced off against Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Jeff Driskel and Kyle Allen. In that group are a pair of second-year passers and a pair of backups who were on the field because of injuries. 

When Haskins makes the trip to Green Bay, he will find himself matched up with a marquee QB in Aaron Rodgers. In Haskins' brief tenure as a pro, he has often talked about how he hopes to one day be associated with the most talented signal callers ever, like Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Rodgers is in that group, too.

"He's one of my favorite quarterbacks," Haskins said on Wednesday. "I just like the way he's able to distribute the ball over the field... He's a very dynamic quarterback."

While Haskins is just beginning his journey in the NFL, Rodgers is putting together yet another sterling season. He's thrown 22 touchdowns to just two interceptions and is on pace to record his fourth straight campaign with a quarterback rating above 97. Since 2008, in fact, the worst rating Rodgers has posted is 92.7.

By comparison, the Redskins rookie currently sports a rating of 58.5. 

Rodgers' presence won't just affect the Burgundy and Gold's defense in Week 14. His ability to catch fire also puts pressure on his opponent's offense, because if he's in a groove it'seven more necessary to try and keep up. 

Haskins, though, explained that he doesn't want to think that way.

"You've got to score points against anybody," he said. "We had to score points to beat McCaffrey and the Panthers. Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback, he's going to keep his team in every game he plays. So, we've got to go in there scoring points, we know that. There's no press to outduel him or try to throw more than him. I'm just trying to move the chains and make plays when they need to be made."

That's a solid approach for Haskins, but odds are he will have to lead a more effective passing game if the Redskins are to win in Green Bay. Yes, his mediocre play has been hidden in the past two wins thanks to contributions from the special teams and running backs, but at some point a breakout is needed — both for him personally and the overall team.

In addition to battling a future Hall of Famer, Haskins also gets to soon do battle with Green Bay's renowned weather. Fortunately for him, that foe won't be at its most powerful — it doesn't look like it'll be cold enough to snow — and, unlike Rodgers, the 22-year-old knows how to handle low temperatures.

"Try and stay as warm as possible," he said. "Hand warmers, turtlenecks, soup, chicken broth, all that stuff."

So, he's already got the answers for the weather. And in a few days, everyone will get to see if he also has them for Rodgers.

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Here is a list of 25 old things that Lambeau Field is older than

Here is a list of 25 old things that Lambeau Field is older than

The Redskins will play at Lambeau Field this Sunday, a stadium that interim coach Bill Callahan respects and an environment rookie QB Dwayne Haskins can't wait to experience. 

Few places in sports, if any, are as revered as Lambeau Field. It has hosted some of the NFL's most iconic players and moments. It's a place every fan should try to visit. It's a legitimate American landmark. 

It's also super old.

The building, originally known as City Stadium, has existed since September 1957. That means it's more than 62 years old.

So — and this is for no real reason, so if you're looking for a real reason, sorry — here's a list of 25 old things that aren't as old as Lambeau Field:

1) Sprite

2) Nike

3) US ZIP codes

4) The movie Ben-Hur (which is apparently as long as The Irishman, but hopefully not as boring)

5) The Dallas Cowboys

6) Dwayne Haskins + Alex Smith (those two together are 57, so depending on the movie theater, they could combine to get a senior discount)

7) Simon Cowell (Lambeau Field is older but less grumpy)

8) Weather satellites (the first one was named TIROS-1 in case you were wondering, which you definitely weren't)

9) Barbie dolls

10) Big Macs (unrelated: Big Macs are delicious)

11) The Twilight Zone (sorry, Black Mirror is better)

12) Kmart stores

13) Michael Jordan

14) The Flintstones

15) George Clooney (yes, he's younger than Lambeau Field and also better at organizing complex casino heists)

16) Lava lamps (if you're buying a lava lamp in 2019, please seek help)

17) Hula hoops (if you're buying a hula hoop in 2019, please also seek help)

18) The Grammy Awards

19) Buffalo wings (imagine a world without Buffalo wings. NO. NEVER MIND. DON'T)

20) Hawaii's statehood

21) Computer mouses (regular mouses, meanwhile, are in fact older than Lambeau Field)

22) Etch a Sketch

23) Pull tabs on soda cans

24) Valium

25) Bump and run coverage 

In conclusion, Lambeau Field is old. 

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