Chiefs Updated Wide Receiver Depth Chart After Releasing Josh Gordon on Cut Day

Larry Rupp
Kansas City Chiefs updated wide receiver depth chart after releasing Josh Gordon on cut day.
Kansas City Chiefs updated wide receiver depth chart after releasing Josh Gordon on cut day. / AP Photos/David Banks

The 53-man roster deadline has come and gone, which means NFL football is one step closer to a return. The Kansas City Chiefs made a number of tough decisions on Tuesday, which included the release of veteran wide receiver Josh Gordon. He was the odd man out at a suddenly crowded spot.

Gordon appeared in 12 games for the Chiefs last season, racking up 32 yards and one touchdown on five receptions (14 targets). He had become a presence in the Kansas City community, too, but will now look for a new team to call home. A clear pecking order has been established at the WR position.

Chiefs Wide Receiver Depth Chart

1. Juju Smith-Schuster

Juju Smith-Schuster leads the way after signing a one-year deal worth $3.7 million in free agency this past offseason. The 25-year-old has excelled in the slot position throughout his career, but will now get the chance to run all kinds of routes in head coach Andy Reid's system.

2. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Another free agent signing will be running along Smith-Schuster in Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The former Green Bay Packer is known best for his ability to burn defenders deep down the field. He averages 17.5 yards per reception in his career and provides Kansas City with some much-needed pop following Tyreek Hill's departure.

3. Mecole Hardman

The only wide receiver on the current depth chart that has played with quarterback Patrick Mahomes before is Mecole Hardman. The Georgia product has posted at least 538 yards in each of his first three NFL seasons and broke out with a career-high 59 receptions in 2021.

4. Skyy Moore

Kansas City fans can't help but be excited about rookie Skyy Moore. The 2022 second-round pick has showcased his elusive abilities throughout the preseason. Even when he failed to garner a target in the final game, he electrified the crowd with a long punt return. Moore has the opportunity to climb up the depth chart if he can establish early chemistry with Mahomes.

5. Justin Watson

The emergence of Justin Watson is a major reason Gordon was unable to make it past final roster cuts. After spending four years buried on the depth chart in Tampa Bay, the 26-year-old signed with Kansas City and preceded to ball out in the preseason. Watson hauled in 8 receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown across three games.

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