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Julian Edelman likes what he's seen from Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
October 11, 2018 - 6:38 pm

FOXBORO -- Josh Gordon has only played 36 snaps as a member of the Patriots, but he's made a good first impression on Julian Edelman.

“Dude works hard,” Edelman said Thursday in the Patriots locker room. “Great teammate. I really think he could be a really big piece of us, and it’s exciting to be around him. He loves football, you can tell.” 

Gordon has four catches on six targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in his two games with his new team. His 34-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Colts last week may have been the biggest play in the game.

“He works hard, he knows his stuff, and it’s getting more and more fun the more and more he knows,” Edelman said.

As for Edelman himself, he missed the first four weeks because of his suspension for using a performance-enhancing substance. The wide out played 70 percent of the snaps in his first game back and credited former Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich for keeping him in shape during the time he wasn't allowed in the facility.

“I feel like my conditioning has been pretty good,” Edelman said. “You’re always working to get it better. Going against Ninkovich helped me a lot, so that was good. I really feel like we took advantage of the time that we had. I’m looking forward to going out, getting another practice in and building that confidence a little more.” 

Last Thursday was Edelman's first meaningful game since Super Bowl LI after missing all of last season with a torn ACL, so he has a new appreciation for the game.

“I’ve been away — I was away for a year and some change,” Edelman said. “It’s good to be out with the fellas. Meetings can get on you a little bit here and there, but you realize that you need it, and it’s good to be back.” 

Edelman, Gordon and the Patriots will take on the Chiefs Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

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