Chiefs taking things one step at a time with Josh Gordon, Willie Gay Jr. in Week 5

A pair of highly-anticipated 2021 debuts could happen for the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

After signing him to the practice squad last week, and subsequently the 53-man roster, WR Josh Gordon is on track to make his debut in Week 5. He reported to the team in tremendous shape and he’s been able to pick up the playbook quicker than expected because there is overlap from when Brad Childress was his OC in Cleveland.

What is the team expecting out of Gordon if he is to make his Chiefs debut in Week 5, though? Eric Bieniemy says they just want to ensure they’re doing things the right way and putting him in a position to find success in Kansas City.

“Let me just say this, Josh (Gordon) has been working his tail off,” Bieniemy told reporters. “The kid is a very, very unique athlete. He can do a lot of special things. We just want to make sure that we’re bringing him along the right way. We want to make sure that when he’s out there he has an opportunity to be successful at the things that he can do.”

Andy Reid and company obviously won’t expect him to know the whole playbook in Week 5. They’ll likely keep things simple utilizing him in certain scenarios and having a package of plays specifically with him involved. Bieniemy stressed that they don’t want to get ahead of themselves with Gordon.

“The thing that I love about him, he’s a very smart kid, he’s very intelligent,” Bieniemy continued. “Coach Joe Bleymaier has done a great job with him. Pat (Mahomes) and all those guys have surrounded him, they’re supporting him and they’re doing a great job of lifting him up and helping him through this process. The thing is, we’ll see exactly how it goes on game day, but we just want to take it one step at a time.”

The same thing goes for second-year linebacker Willie Gay Jr., who was just designated to return from injured reserve this week after suffering a toe injury during the preseason finale against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs still need to activate him to the 53-man roster and it’s not a guarantee that he makes his return this week.

At times during training camp, Gay looked like the best player on defense. The team really needs him to make his return at full strength, which means they’ll be cautious as they work him back in.

“He looked good yesterday,” Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo told reporters of Gay on Thursday. “It was the first day we really had him out there. We’ll slowly get him in there, keep our fingers crossed and be hopeful there’s no setbacks and hopefully get him to the game.”

They’re wise to take things slow with both of these players as it’ll be best to ensure there are no setbacks for players the team deems important to future success.

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