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Josh Gordon appreciates opportunity of getting more playing time

Ryan Hannable
October 15, 2018 - 7:00 am

FOXBORO -- After several weeks of learning the offense, the Patriots let wide receiver Josh Gordon free Sunday night against the Chiefs.

Gordon saw extended time as the No. 3 receiver in the 43-40 win over the Chiefs, as after playing 18 snaps in each of his first two games with the team, he eclipsed that mark in the first quarter. The former Browns receiver finished with five catches on nine targets for 42 yards.

The 27-year-old had an idea what was coming heading into the contest.

"It was fun, honestly," Gordon said. "I think we were preparing for that all week at practice. I was expecting a little heavy of a workload, so I was just glad to have the opportunity to go out there and play. I had fun. I enjoyed it. I appreciate Coach [Bill Belichick] giving me the opportunity."

While there were a few instances of he and Tom Brady not being on the same page, Gordon says he feels comfortable with the offense.

"Pretty familiar with the playbook," he said. "You know, still some growing pains and stuff like that you’ve got to work out at practice. And, through the course of just being here just under a month, you know, I’m trying to make it work as fast as I can. So, we’ll get it all figured out here pretty soon."

As for his first real big game against an undefeated team with his new team, he seemed to enjoy the spotlight.

"I mean, it was a spectacle, that’s for sure," Gordon said. "I mean, I think a lot of us have been expecting that all week knowing that’s a high-powered offense. We have one of our own. So, we were expecting to take it the full length of the game." 

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