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Patriots players happy to have Josh Gordon on their team

Ryan Hannable
October 01, 2018 - 7:55 am

FOXBORO — Sunday was a statement win for the Patriots, but it was also Josh Gordon’s debut with his new team.

After not playing last Sunday in Detroit, Gordon was active against the Dolphins and even got the start. The former Browns receiver played 18 snaps and finished with two receptions on two targets for 32 yards. 

Gordon’s impact went beyond the stat sheet as he opened up the field for other Patriots playmakers, and he also had a nice block on James White’s touchdown run.

Joining the team less than two weeks ago, while also battling a hamstring injury, it took a lot for Gordon to get on the field.

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“It took a lot of effort and time and work put in studying,” he said after the game. “All around, just a concerted effort from the training staff and what I could do on my end and try to make it work. But, it was an awesome experience and I really enjoyed it and a great opportunity.”

Gordon has been seen spending extensive time with Patriots character coach Jack Easterby, who seems like is playing a major part in his integration with the team.

“Hard-working guy,” safety Devin McCourty said. “He’s come in, he’s quietly just gone out there and worked every day. Kind of just does whatever he has to do to get on the field and as far as being surprising, I mean I saw him in another jersey and he was tough to play against so he’s one of those guys that when you get him, you’re happy he’s on your team.” 

“Josh is working really hard,” wide receiver Chris Hogan added. “He’s a good football player with a lot of great skills and he’s working really hard at trying to do his job. He’s holding himself accountable to learn this offense as quick as he can so that he can go out there on the field.” 

According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Tom Brady has made a very deliberate effort to establish a relationship with Gordon since he arrived, as he recognizes the potential and he’s doing his part to make it work.

“He’s put in a lot of work, a lot of time trying to understand where to line up and what to do, and he came up with some big plays today,” Brady said. “He kind of got us going in certain areas. Everyone played pretty good who was out there today, so it was great to have him out there.” 

Gordon certainly helped the Patriots offense, which wasn’t getting much from the wide receiver position.

Now with Julian Edelman returning, and Gordon having a full game under his belt, it could be a brand new offense than what we saw over the first three weeks.

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