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It didn't take long before Rob Gronkowski knew Josh Gordon would work out with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
December 13, 2018 - 7:30 pm

FOXBORO -- When Josh Gordon was traded to the Patriots during Week 3, he came with a lot of questions.

No one knew exactly how he would work out in New England given his past off-field issues during his time with the Browns, but according to Rob Gronkowski, it didn't take long before he knew Gordon would be a good fit.

“I would say within the first week when he got out there playing in games,” Gronkowski said Thursday. “Just the way he’s been working, week in, week out. You can see it in the practice field and then you see it in the game. Just a great guy to have out there and a phenomenal athlete.”

Gordon didn't play in Week 3 against the Lions, but made his debut in Week 4 when the Patriots hosted Miami. Since then, he leads the team with 39 receptions for 701 yards and currenly has the best yards-per-catch average of any NFL pass-catcher.

The veteran wide out has put together his three best games of the year following the bye, as he's caught 13 passes on 16 targets for 224 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s brought a lot: the way he just plays, the way he catches the ball, gets that burst, gets us first downs when we need it,” Gronkowski said. “Just another player on our team that’s reliable when we need him, so it’s great to have him.”

Gordon and the rest of the team will take on the Steelers Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

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