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Sunday 7: Should Patriots take a look at wide receiver Josh Gordon?

Ryan Hannable
September 16, 2018 - 6:00 am

1. There’s no question the Patriots are lacking depth at the wide receiver position and could use another wide out even when Julian Edelman returns from his suspension in Week 5. When it was learned Saturday Josh Gordon will likely be traded by the Browns by Monday, many wondered if Gordon would be a potential target of Bill Belchick and Co.? Sure, they will consider him, but given the fact they haven’t even brought in Dez Bryant for a visit, they likely won’t be in on Gordon. The troubled wide receiver had 1,646 yards receiving in 2014, but he has played in just 11 games since because of off-field issues. As it relates to the Patriots, it just seems like there are better options and too many red-flags with him to make him worth signing. There are lesser names still available for the Patriots to take their chances with. One name that comes to mind who could be in for a visit Monday is Jeremy Kerley, who was released by the Bills Saturday. Bottom line, don’t hold your breath when it comes to Gordon coming to New England.

2. Not only is it alarming for the Patriots not to have offensive tackle Marcus Cannon against the Jaguars, but the fact he has to miss a game after playing Week 1. Cannon missed the entire preseason with a calf injury, but was able to play 46 snaps (61 percent) against the Texans. It’s not a good sign that he’s already needing to miss more time. Given how important he is, the Patriots should give him as much time as he needs to ensure he’s 100 percent when coming back the next time. With him not making the trip to Jacksonville, Cole Croston was elevated from the practice squad.

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3. Speaking to the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian, Tom Brady had a lot of good things to say about offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. “He’s just so smart, and so cerebral,” Brady said. “It’s like a game of chess with Josh. He’s always trying to look to get his players some sort of advantage. He just digs through the film every day trying to look for things that will help us win a matchup. He’s so good with personnel, he’s so good with scheme, he’s good with anticipating what [opposing teams] have done, or if they’ll do again. He’s just a very talented [coach.] … [There’s] trust. I know [McDaniels] is so talented. I know exactly what he sees. A lot of times, we end up seeing things the same way. And I love working with him.” It’s no surprise just how successful the two have been together.

4. It was very interesting to see the Patriots official Twitter account tweet out a hype video for Sunday’s game with it starting with Jalen Ramsey’s comments on Thursday about not being afraid of anyone in response to a question about Rob Gronkowski. Typically, the Patriots don’t pay much attention to what other teams say and don’t acknowledge any trash-talk, but this week things feel a bit different with Ramsey. Don’t be surprised if Brady and the Patriots offense make it a point to target the Jacksonville corner a few times Sunday afternoon.

5. Weather will be a factor in Jacksonville Sunday afternoon with temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s. New England should be ready for it though, as it was a very hot and humid summer and the Patriots were out in the heat every single day. The Jaguars would have more of an advantage if this game were later in the season, but since it is just Week 2, it shouldn’t favor one team or the other.

6. The NFL released a list of the high schools with the most players in the NFL and at the top of the list is Saint Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla with 15. Two of those are members of the Patriots — James White and Phillip Dorsett. Other notables are Geno Atkins (Bengals), Gio Bernard (Bengals) and Joey Bosa (Chargers). Bernard and White actually lived together their senior year.

7. The Patriots will meet Matt Patricia and the Lions next Sunday night in Detroit and there’s a very real chance they could be 0-3 after that game. The Lions will take on Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers Sunday in San Francisco, which is a tough game following what happened Monday night and then the 49ers falling to the Vikings on the road in Week 1. It would be interesting to see how Patricia would handle that kind of start and also just how much heat he would face, especially following what occurred after Monday night. Patricia and the Lions desperately need a win Sunday to back off the critics and get things going in the right direction.

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