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Josh Gordon doesn't play vs. Lions, but takes step in integration process

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 5:30 am

DETROIT -- After joining the Patriots in the middle of the week, wide receiver Josh Gordon didn't play in Sunday's game against the Lions, but he was still very involved with what was taking place.

Gordon spent a lot of time prior to the game on the field speaking to Patriots character coach Jack Easterby and then stretched with his new teammates, even though he wasn't active for the game. Then during the game, he stood on the sidelines and didn't leave wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea's side all game long. 

Even when the receivers huddled in between series', Gordon was there. This was likely a huge step for him when it comes to picking up the Patriots playbook and where he needs to be on certain plays.

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When asked about why Gordon, who was questionable with a hamstring injury, didn't play, Bill Belichick didn't offer much.

“We took things during the week as they came and did what we did today," he said.

After seeing Patriots wide receivers have just four catches on 10 targets and not a single reception of more than 16 yards, it's quite apparent how badly the offense could use Gordon's production on the outside.

With a good week of practice, he should be able to make his debut next week against Miami.

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