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Josh Gordon explains why he appeared to slow down on 55-yard catch: 'I got a little tired'

Ryan Hannable
October 21, 2018 - 6:46 pm

After Josh Gordon caught a pass from Tom Brady early in the fourth quarter over the middle of the field and broke two tackles, it looked like he was going to score, but it seemed he slowed up a bit as he neared the end zone.

This allowed defenders to catch up and bring him down inside the 5-yard line.

It also had some wondering if something happened to the wide out, as he has been listed on the injury report with a hamstring injury ever since coming over from the Browns. Gordon never received medical attention on the sidelines after the play, and following the game he explained what happened.

“Unfortunately, I got a little tired at the end of that 96-yard drive,” Gordon said to reporters. “It was fun, it was great, and I’m glad I got a good touch on the ball and able to make something happen.” 

It was Gordon's best game as a member of the Patriots, as he caught four passes for 100 yards. Although, one catch stood out more than the others -- a back-shoulder throw from Brady, which was the first time they have connected on that route this season.

“I think we just worked on that play, worked on that connection from last week — and having that miss — some adjustments,” Gordon said. “And this week I kind of had a better look at it, better timing I think with Tom. And having the week of practice helped, and I was able to make a play on it.” 

Gordon has climbed well ahead of Phillip Dorsett on the wide receiver depth chart and is pretty close to Chris Hogan for the No. 2 spot.

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