New England Patriots: Josh Gordon solidifies them as best team in AFC


Adding a big-play threat such as Gordon could bring some better balance. He missed the entire 2015 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy and hasn't come close to duplicating his All-Pro 2013 season, in which he had 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

During an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio this week, the Patriots quarterback said he wants to practice with Gordon before he puts any expectations on his newest teammate.

The Jaguars extracted a measure of revenge last weekend for their heartbreaking loss to New England in last season's AFC Championship Game. Participating in a slew of drills Friday night, including the 40-yard dash, Gordon grabbed at his hamstring and limped on set, an insider said. I've never really practiced with him like that before seeing him in person play.

"I know he was a monster then and he's still a monster now", linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. Brady says he generally can trust any receiver on the field, which is good news for Gordon, and that's mainly because he doesn't have the best track record with trust.

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"Work hard and do your job", he said. "But, what I've seen before, he's a great player and just definitely glad to have him here". "Because if he can get some rapport going with Tom Brady early on - and he's got a great opening because he's got two more games with no Julian Edelman - so all of a sudden he has a chance to go in, nose to grindstone, and let's see what we can figure out on the fly".

"If and when it happens, I'm happy to talk about it", Belichick said in his Wednesday press conference.

Gordon's status will be one to watch throughout the week. Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia was the Patriots defensive coordinator on the day when the then-Browns receiver went wild.