Josh Gordon talks up ‘the great Antonio Brown’

Andy Hart
September 13, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Josh Gordon would qualify as an expert witness in regards to an ultra-talented wide receiver with off-field baggage joining the Patriots passing attack in September with the season already underway.

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So it’s certainly worth noting what Gordon has seen from Antonio Brown in the new New England wide receiver’s first week in Foxborough.

What does the former All-Pro Gordon think of the former All-Pro Brown after three days on the Patriots practice field together?

“Dedicated player. One of the hardest-working guys in the league," Gordon told reporters in the Gillette Stadium locker room Friday afternoon. "He's come in here every day and done the same thing. He's lived up to the great Antonio Brown name.

"He's one of the best in the league. So, I would expect that from him to continue. I think he expects it of himself. So, he's a great addition. Glad to have him."

Beyond the questions about how Brown’s legal situation will play out in regards to the civil lawsuit filed in Florida on Tuesday alleging he sexually assaulted and raped a former trainer, there is the question as to whether Brown will travel to Miami and make his debut on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Earlier in the day Bill Belichick talked about the process of Brown learning the offense in regards to terminology and the differences from past systems he’s played in. There were reports out of the locker room that Brown had a No. 17 Patriots team travel bag packed and seemingly ready to go in front of his Gillette locker.

Gordon, who arrived in New England via trade from the Browns last September, acknowledged that it takes work to pick things up during a game week and without the benefit of a training camp or offseason.

"It can definitely be tough. I know it was for me," Gordon said. “Everybody else will get it differently, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, it just depends on how fast you can get rid of what you once knew to adopt a new…everything: environment, offense, way of life.

"I think as professionals, a lot of guys know this is part of the game, they can embrace it and adjust quickly, and that's how you adapt and survive in this league."

Multiple outlets reported on Friday that Brown would not be placed on the Commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL this week, meaning the decision of whether he plays or not in Miami is up to Belichick and the team.

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