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Josh Gordon on life with Patriots: 'It felt like home a long time ago'

John Tomase
December 02, 2018 - 8:48 pm

Josh Gordon opened the season in Cleveland, where had spent seven tumultuous years. He’s barely been in New England for two months, but he already knows this much: he feels like he belongs.

Gordon once again made an impact on Sunday in a 24-10 victory over the Vikings. He caught three passes for 58 yards, all in the second half, including a 24-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner.

As Gordon continues to deliver surprising production, with 34 catches for 603 yards and three scores in 10 games, he credits the way the organization has made him feel welcome.

“It felt like home a long time ago,” Gordon told reporters. “The atmosphere is very welcoming. It took me a little bit to get acclimated to the area. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth so far and that’s due in part to the facility, the organization, and everybody helping me along the way.”

On Sunday, Gordon didn’t catch a pass in the first half before opening things up in the second half.

“I just had to be patient,” he said. “I think that’s just how the flow of the game was going. We all let it play itself out. It was great to just get an opportunity, make a play, and the rest of it was just fun.

“I didn’t really question the game plan. I just went along with it. It seemed to work in our favor. My trust is in the coaches I think they trust me, so it worked out for us.”

Gordon’s 24-yard TD in the third quarter broke a 10-10 tie and gave him another piece of history with Brady. After catching the QB’s 500th regular season TD earlier this season, Sunday’s was Brady’s 579th, including playoffs, tying him with Peyton Manning for first all-time.

“I did not know that stat,” Gordon said. “But it must be fate I guess. I won’t say coincidence. It’s great to be on the receiving end of it. I’m extremely humbled to come out here every Sunday and get a chance to play, let alone with Tom Brady, the greatest to ever do it. To be a part of history with him, I can’t even put the words to describe what that means to me. It’s just great to have the opportunity.”