Some indications this season might be even better for Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
September 09, 2019 - 1:45 am

FOXBOROUGH -- Josh Gordon's 2018 season with the Patriots didn't end like he and many hoped when he was suspended indefinitely following Week 15.

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Prior to that, the wide out finished with 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns showing he could be a difference-maker on the field. 

Sunday night against the Steelers, Week 1 of the 2019 season and a 33-3 Patriots win, there were indications this could be an even better year for Gordon from both on and off the field perspectives. 

Gordon finished with three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was a 20-yard reception from Tom Brady in the first quarter where he made a nifty move to make a defender miss at the 5-yard line and then ran into the end zone. He also added a 44-yard reception later on a deep throw over the middle where he absorbed a big hit.

"We have spent a lot of time together," Gordon said of his connection with Brady. "I would say so. I think over the course of time, talking together, working together after practice, in-between practice – yeah, I get the feel for what he likes and I try to find my way there as best I can. I think it'll get better, it's the first game so we're building."

The wide receiver released a statement Friday saying he wants to be judged on the future, and based off what he said, he's in a good place.

"I'm doing very well," Gordon said. "I'm extremely filled with gratitude every day, just enjoying myself. Coming inside this building, being with this family-oriented type of environment, and just doing what I love to do. There's nothing better than this, honestly. It's great."

Last year during his 11-game run with the team, some questioned what kind of physical shape he was in, but Gordon appears to have a different mindset this year.

"Just working out with [head strength and conditioning coach] Moses Cabrera here every morning, he's been a real good resource for me. Coming back, getting into shape, making sure I'm on top of things and giving my best effort," Gordon said. "We talk about it every day, what we want to put out there at practice. It feels good to know that we put together somewhat of a finished product this first week and were able to maintain. Now we want to be able to build upon it. So continued hard work, that's what we're all about. That's what I'm going to continue to try and do."

Based on his postgame comments and performance on the field Sunday night, there are signs this could be an even better year for Gordon both on and off the field.

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