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Mike Lombardi on OMF: I wouldn’t have traded for Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
September 22, 2018 - 7:43 am

The big topic with the Patriots this week was the trade for Josh Gordon and whether or not it will work out.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday afternoon, former Patriots and Browns executive Mike Lombardi discussed the move, and he has a unique perspective as he was with the Browns when Gordon was there and then spent some time in New England.

Lombardi wasn’t a fan of the trade, but understands why it was made.

“He’s been spoiled most of his life from Baylor, Utah and Cleveland,” he said. “In Cleveland he was spoiled immensely. I think it is going to have to be every day is a new day. He’s going to have to rise to the challenge and meet it. The one thing about the Patriots, it’s a lot like the Navy SEALs, a lot of guys want to join it, but a lot of guys quit because it is the volume of the work that gets you every time. 

“For the Patriots, I agree. Look, I wrote about it for The Athletic, to me I wouldn’t have traded for him, but I understand where the Patriots are in the sense that they need to make explosive plays with their offense. They have one play of over 30 yards with (Rob) Gronkowski in two games. That’s not really what they do. Think of this guy as a guy who is a three-point shooter in basketball. Somebody has to go out and defend him. Somebody has to cover him, and the outside part of the field is an area that spreads the field horizontally and vertically, which will open up the middle of the field for Gronk, James White and other players.”

Listen to the full interview below.

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