Josh Gordon feels at home with Patriots: 'I love these guys'

Ryan Hannable
September 19, 2019 - 5:34 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- From the outside, it appears like things are a bit different for Josh Gordon this year than last year.

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The wide receiver looks more comfortable and relaxed with the team and it's translated to the field, especially in Week 1 against the Steelers.

Through two games, Gordon has caught five passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

When speaking in the Patriots locker room Thursday, he acknowledged how much he cares about his teammates and appreciates how they care for him.

“It feels like I am back home," he said. "It is a home environment. I love these guys. They corralled around me to support me, showed me love and I appreciate that each and every day that I am here. It is easy to come in and do what I have to do.”

This year is also different since Gordon already had a base understanding of the playbook, as last year he was thrown into the mix following Week 2.

“Last year was kind of on the fly," he said. "I got traded in the season and had to pick it up as I was going along and with the injury at the same time. It was a lot to take on. This year, I have more familiarity with it, got extra time in the offseason to study what I already knew and when I got in here I was able to pick it up where I left off and even better I would say.

"It is pretty smooth right now.”

As for if he looks a little bigger this year, Gordon admitted he is, but that doesn't mean everything as a wide receiver.

“No, it just happened," he said. "I have always been big. I think in pads you’re going to look even bigger, so more important though is how fast I can get away.”

Gordon and the Patriots will take on the Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

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