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Matt Patricia: 'Big challenge' preparing for new Patriots WR Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
September 20, 2018 - 10:25 am

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are always a difficult team to prepare for given how they are a gameplan team and do different things every week.

For Matt Patricia and the Lions, it got even tougher when the Patriots traded for wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday. It's unclear whether or not Gordon will even play, and there's not much recent tape to watch on the former Browns receiver since he has only played in six games since 2014.

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"I mean obviously a tremendous player," Patricia said on a conference call Wednesday. "Again, I think unfortunately the last time I saw him, he caught a slant that he’s probably still running [2013 meeting in Cleveland], just a really huge play for them when he was in Cleveland. So, dangerous guy, vertical threat, big receiver, great body control, great hands, really will be a big challenge for us. For us not to have anything on tape as far as what they’re going to do with him, in that aspect also is a little bit difficult."

Gordon participated in his first practice with the Patriots Wednesday and was officially limited with a hamstring injury. It's unclear what his status is for Sunday, but earlier in the week ESPN's Adam Schefter said he was healthy enough to go.

"I know that he’s a good player, but I can’t really get into details," Rob Gronkowski said. "I’ve never really practiced with him like that before seeing him in person play. But, what I’ve seen before, he’s a great player and just definitely glad to have him here."

The Patriots are hoping Gordon can return to his 2013 form when he finished the year with 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

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