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Josh Gordon has his welcome to New England moment in win over Colts

Ryan Hannable
October 05, 2018 - 1:19 am

FOXBORO -- Josh Gordon only recorded two catches in 18 snaps last Sunday in his first game as a member of the Patriots, but Thursday against the Colts was when he really showed off his talent and what he can bring to the team.

The Patriots had given away all the momentum they had built and were leading just 24-17 in the fourth quarter. On first-and-10 from the Colts' 34-yard line with just over nine minutes to go, the play seemed to break down and as Tom Brady rolled a little to his right, Gordon followed in the end zone. The two made eye contact, Brady threw a pass up for grabs and Gordon came down with it between two Colts defenders to allow the Patriots to pull away from the Colts for good.

It was a play the offense desperately needed and a play that showed why the team traded for Gordon a few weeks ago.

“Man, that guy is good," special teams captain Matthew Slater said of the catch from the viewpoint of the sideline. "We’ve seen what Josh can do in this league. He’s got a lot of God-given ability and we’re lucky to have him now. Hopefully we can see more of that. That was a huge play for us and kind of turned the momentum there. You can’t coach that, it’s God-given.”

Gordon discussed what he saw on the play afterwards.

"I think after seeing the rush, him get out of the pocket, just kind of goes to sandlot football scramble drill – you know, go the opposite direction of what you were going," he said. "And I kind of wanted to head towards the end zone and we made eye contact, he threw it up there and it was a perfect ball. So, I had to try to make a play on it, and that was pretty much it."

The new receiver played roughly 20 snaps and finished with two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a milestone one for Tom Brady, as it was the 500th of his career and Gordon was the 71st different player to catch a touchdown pass from him, which is a new NFL record.

"I mean, similar to what I said last week, to catch any pass from Tom is amazing, let alone some history-making catch or pass." Gordon said. "You know, for him, I told him congratulations, and I know there's many more for him to come. Hopefully, he's got a lot more left in him – I'm pretty sure he does – so I'm looking forward to that. The next history point to make for him, I hope to be a part of it. So, it was awesome."

There likely will be more connections between the two as Gordon seems to have found a role that should keep growing as the weeks go on.

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