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Josh Gordon's former coach Hue Jackson offers theory on why wide receiver is succeeding with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
November 08, 2018 - 10:21 am
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Josh Gordon was traded to the Patriots from the Browns in late September and has played in six games. This is following playing in just 11 games since 2013 in Cleveland due to a number of off field issues, including substance-abuse issues.

Appearing on FS1's "UNDISPUTED" Wednesday, his former coach, Hue Jackson, offered a theory on why things are now working out for Gordon in New England.

“We know what type of talent Josh Gordon is. Sometimes I think players need different scenery in order to be all they can be," he said. "Everything that this young man had dealt with had been in Cleveland. That is all he knew. I think he’s in a better place for him professionally, emotionally, mentally. I think you are starting to see the real Josh Gordon. I wish him well.”

The Browns made the decision to trade Gordon after the receiver showed up on a Saturday not looking himself and claimed he suffered a hamstring injury during a promotional shoot.

Gordon has emerged as the Patriots' No. 2 receiver and has 22 catches for 396 yards and two touchdowns in his six games so far.

The 27-year-old also appears to have straightened things out off the field as there have been no issues during his few months in New England.

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