New England Patriots: Josh Gordon solidifies them as best team in AFC
By Nick Ziegler
The New England Patriots recently got even better with the addition of Josh Gordon. What impact will he have on the team?
After losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, the New England Patriots went out and traded for one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL.
The addition of Josh Gordon is a very scary one for upcoming opponents of the Patriots. When healthy and in the right mindset, Gordon has the potential to be a Top-10 receiver in the NFL. Unfortunately for Gordon, he has battled a lot of substance abuse issues.
With all of the talent that he has, the Browns have held on to Gordon despite him serving multiple suspensions. However, they recently decided to part ways with him, and the Patriots traded a fifth-round pick to acquire him.
For the Patriots, taking the chance on Gordon makes a lot of sense for them. The wide receiver corps has been an issue for them going back to all of the injuries suffered in training camp. Now, the Patriots will have Gordon, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and a returning Julian Edelman in Week 5.
After Edelman comes back, the Patriots all of a sudden have talented receiving corps that can go head-to-head with pretty much anyone in the league. While this all does depend on Gordon, his hamstring is reportedly alright and he should be playing Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Going back to when the Patriots had Randy Moss, Tom Brady was able to show what he can do with an elite wide receiver. Gordon should certainly be motivated to prove that he is still one of the best in the game, and he will now be playing on one of the best teams in the NFL.
For the Patriots, there is certainly a risk when it comes to trading for Gordon, but the upside of what he can bring to the team is well worth it. With all of the weapons at the Patriots disposal now, it is going to be very hard for teams to key on Rob Gronkowski like we saw the Jaguars do in Week 2.
Even though they were already favorites to win the AFC this season, the addition of Gordon should only help solidify the Patriots as the top team in the Conference.