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Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea discusses working with Josh Gordon, how offense will replace him

Ryan Hannable
December 26, 2018 - 11:19 am
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FOXBORO -- Few people in the Patriots organization likely knew Josh Gordon better than wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea.

O'Shea spent countless hours with Gordon helping him learn the Patriots offense after he joined the team during Week 3. Clearly, O'Shea and others time paid off as Gordon finished with 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games.

“As a group and myself personally, we enjoyed working with Josh," O'Shea said Monday. "He came to work every day and tried to do what we we asked him to do. I appreciate all his hard work that he put in here and I appreciate the production he had on the field. It was an enjoyable process for us to take a new player like we’ve taken a lot of new players and tried to get him to learn the system. That is always a challenging, but also a rewarding process for everybody involved. Not just myself, but the receivers who know the offense and take a player that is new and get him up to speed in knowing the offense. I think everybody always takes pride in that. That was no different than with Josh being a new player here and we’ve had other new players who have come in and tried to learn the system. It has been rewarding.”

Moving forward, the Patriots are left with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson at the wide out position. O'Shea said it is up to everyone to pick their games up and it could be a different player each week.

“Everybody is different," he said. "Josh had certain skill sets and certain things that he had that maybe the next guy doesn’t have. Maybe the next guy has some stuff that Josh didn’t have, so each player has a role and we have always looked at each week that is very unique to itself. It is our job as coaches each week to put the gameplan together and put ourselves in a position to utilize the skills and the strengths of our players. That won’t change at all with the group we have. They can all do some really good things and we’re excited to have the group in there.”

In their first game without Gordon against the Bills, there wasn't much production from the receivers. Edelman and Patterson were the only two targeted and certainly that will need to change moving forward, especially in the playoffs.

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