Is Josh Gordon part of Patriots' plans in 2019?

Ryan Hannable
March 26, 2019 - 1:43 pm

The current group of Patriots receivers isn't great, but it would obviously be a little better if Josh Gordon was in the mix.

Obviously, given his off-field issues there's a lot of risk involved, but he was a major contributor last season in his 11 games with the team. The Patriots extended an original round tender to the receiver, but he's yet to sign it.

Gordon remains suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his reinstatement, but reportedly the process for him to be reinstated could begin as early as May. 

Speaking at the NFL's owners meetings, Bill Belichick was asked if Gordon is in the team's plans for 2019?

“Yeah, I don’t know,” he said to reporters. “His status isn’t under our control.”

In the 11 games, Gordon totaled 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

Here is the current wide receiver depth chart for the Patriots:  Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios, Maurice Harris, Bruce Ellington, Matthew Slater, Damoun Patterson.

The reality is the Patriots cannot really count on anything from Gordon. If he gets reinstated and is able to return to the team, great, but the team shouldn't go into the season depending on him at all. That would be a very unwise choice and could leave them searching for answers if something were to happen again with him.

With that being said, the Patriots still have a lot of work left to do at the receiver position and may need to get creative given the top free agents are off the board.

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