Patriots react to Josh Gordon being reinstated: 'It will definitely be good to see him'

Ryan Hannable
August 18, 2019 - 9:42 am

While the Patriots beat the Titans 22-17 in the second preseason game Saturday night, the biggest story with the team is wide receiver Josh Gordon being reinstated on a conditional basis by the NFL.

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Gordon can officially return to the team Sunday, and is permitted to attend, but not play in Thursday's third preseason game.

Although Bill Belichick wouldn't address the situation besides in a statement, a few of Gordon's teammates reacted to the news Saturday night in the locker room following the game.

“A lot of hugs, I would imagine. A lot of smiles,” Slater said to reporters, including MassLive's Andrew Callahan. “It will definitely be good to see him.”

The special teams captain added: “We’re going to do everything we can to support him."

Gordon developed relationships with a number of Patriots players last season, including cornerback/special teams player Keion Crossen.

“I’m glad he’s coming back," he said.

In 11 games with the Patriots last season, Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns. He will instantly help the Patriots receiving group, a unit that has a number of question marks right now.

With that being said, the Patriots know Gordon's past and are not going to get ahead of themselves.

“Obviously it means he’s doing well," Slater said. "And that’s what we care about most with Josh is how he’s doing as a person, how he is as a man. "Football comes secondary. We look forward to supporting him and just taking it one day at a time.”

As for when Gordon will see the field, perhaps he will play in the final preseason game if his conditioning is right, or it might just have to wait until the regular season.

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