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Josh Gordon gives Patriots teammates credit for keeping him on field

Ryan Hannable
November 23, 2018 - 3:45 pm

FOXBORO -- Josh Gordon has played in seven games with the Patriots this season, which is four fewer than he played in Cleveland from 2014-18.

Speaking Friday at his locker, Gordon credited his new teammates for keeping him on the field.

“I’m just led by the guys here that lead me,” Gordon said. “I watch how they do it. This is a bunch of professional guys who are leaders of men, and I’m just going to follow suit. They’re making it real easy for me to come in and do my job.”

Gordon didn't miss all those games due to injury, rather because of multiple suspensions related to substance abuse. The wide receiver has also battled mental illness.

In his seven games as a Patriot, he has 26 receptions for 477 yards and two touchdowns. While those are solid numbers, Gordon believes he still has room to grow.

“Yeah, I think there’s a lot more room to expand upon and potential to be reached,” he said. “It just goes to how much room I put in. Let it manifest itself on the field. The most I can do is just stay consistent in my work ethic and the rest will just work itself out eventually.”

Also, for the first time in his career Gordon will be playing in actual meaningful games post-Thanksgiving.

“It’s different. It’s different, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s exciting, though. It’s motivational for me, for everybody. I’ve never really had the opportunity before, considering the circumstances, so it’s great to have the opportunity now. It’s a blessing. I’m looking forward to it. It’s awesome."

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