New England Patriots rumors involve the recently acquired Josh Gordon, as an AFC executive doesn’t believe he will have much of an impact in New England.
Recent New England Patriots rumors came to fruition. Early Monday there were reports that the Patriots would be acquiring wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns. Those reports ended up being true, as the offense adds an explosive receiver to the mix.
Gordon has had his transgressions off the field. He has been suspended numerous times, as he has played in only 11 games since his breakout 2013 season. In that season, Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 yards on 87 receptions in 14 games, catching passes from Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer.
No disrespect to those quarterbacks, but they are not Tom Brady. With Brady now his quarterback, fans are undoubtedly excited about what the combination of Brady and Gordon can accomplish.
We have seen Brady thrive with plenty of different receivers. However, none are as naturally talented as Gordon other than Hall of Famer, Randy Moss.
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Gordon gives the Patriots the bigger outside receiver they are lacking. At 6’3″, Gordon should have an immediate role with the team on the perimeter. As long as he can remain out of trouble, his role should continue expanding as the season goes on.
While fans are cautiously optimistic, some people are not, namely one AFC executive. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, one AFC executive doesn’t believe Gordon will have much of an impact at all.
"“Josh Gordon won’t catch 20 passes in New England.” – An AFC player personnel executive when asked about Josh Gordon being traded to the New England Patriots"
Now that is quite a bold prediction. One would think part of the reasoning for such a thing is the tight ship that New England runs. The AFC executive most likely believes that Gordon won’t be able to abide by the ‘Patriots Way’ and will find himself on the sidelines or off the team sooner than later.
That could also just be wishful thinking. As a member of an AFC team, they would have to go through the Patriots on their way to a Super Bowl appearance. The executive is probably more hopeful than anything that Gordon won’t catch 20 passes with the Patriots, as it means he didn’t help them as much as he was capable of.
If Gordon is able to stay on the field, he will provide an immediate boost for the Patriots offense. With Rob Gronkowski working the middle of the field with Julian Edelman and Gordon on the outside with Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett, the Patriots have an embarrassment of riches.
Good luck stopping them when they are at full strength with Brady under center.