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Tom Brady gives initial thoughts on Josh Gordon trade

Ryan Hannable
September 17, 2018 - 8:32 pm
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On Monday, the Patriots acquired wide receiver Josh Gordon in a trade with the Browns.

When on the field, Gordon is one of the most gifted receivers in the game, but after recording 1,646 yards in 2013, he's played in just 11 games since due to off-field issues. Given the Patriots' current lack of depth at the receiver position, it seems he was worth taking a gamble on.

Appearing on Westwood One Radio with Jim Gray prior to Monday Night Football, Tom Brady reacted to the signing.

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“Well, we’ve had quite a few roster moves the first couple of weeks of the season with receiver," Brady said. "I am going to do what I have done the last couple of weeks and just try and work with whoever is there, and see if they can come in and make an impact and make a role on this team. It is really up to the individual what kind of role they can carve out for themselves. That is kind of how I feel.

"I am not making — I hate to make projections and expectations. That’s not fair and I have never met Josh personally, just like I hadn’t met some of the guys who have come in the last couple of weeks. We’ll see how it goes this week. Hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role he can find for himself on the team.”

Brady was also asked how long it takes to develop trust with a new receiver. The 41-year-old noted all players are different.

“It depends. It is play-by-play, day-by-day, week-by-week, and you can’t skip steps," he said. "I always think trust is whatever wide receiver is out there. You tell them to run a certain route, and they run it the way you talked about, the ball is thrown, it’s caught, it’s a positive play and then you do it again. If it is a flip of the coin and 50/50, sometimes it is right, sometimes it’s wrong — I mean, nobody can really depend on that. Coaches don’t want to see that, the players don’t want to see that.

"You want to know that the guys you are lining up next to that they’ve got it — they’ve got their assignment, they’ve got their responsibility taken care of. That frees you up to think about what your responsibilities are. If you are worried about this guy, that guy, this or that, it just takes away from what your focus needs to be as an individual. Everybody wants good teammates that can focus on as an individual what they have to do in order to help the team. If you can get 11 guys to focus on just what their job is because they trust the people next to them, I think that is what makes great offense.”

Health-wise, it appears Gordon will be ready to go Sunday night in Detroit and it seems likely his availability will depend on how quickly he picks up the offense.

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