Tom Brady reacts to Patriots’ acquisition of Josh Gordon
Tom Brady reacted to the New England Patriots’ acquisition of former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon during his weekly appearance on Westwood One Radio’s “Monday Night Football” coverage.
“Well, we’ve had quite a few roster moves the first couple of weeks of the season with receiver,” Brady told Jim Gray Monday night, via WEEI. “I am going to do what I have done the last couple of weeks and just try and work with whoever is there, and see if they can come in and make an impact and make a role on this team. It is really up to the individual what kind of role they can carve out for themselves. That is kind of how I feel.”
The Patriots are coming off a humbling 31-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The team finds itself shorthanded at the wide receiver position while waiting for Julian Edelman to return from a four-game suspension. After jettisoning Kenny Britt and Eric Decker, among several others receivers, ahead of the season — not to mention the loss of Danny Amendola in free agency — the Patriots currently have Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson atop the depth chart.
Despite the boost to the overall talent at the receiver position, Brady is not about to place too much pressure on Gordon immediately.
“I am not making — I hate to make projections and expectations. That’s not fair and I have never met Josh personally, just like I hadn’t met some of the guys who have come in the last couple of weeks,” Brady said. “We’ll see how it goes this week. Hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role he can find for himself on the team.”
There is no question that the Patriots significantly upgraded their receiving corps with Monday’s acquisition of Gordon. However, the former Browns wide receiver, while extremely talented, brings along significant baggage.
The Patriots presumably would not have made the trade, though, without being confident Gordon will fall in line with the “Patriot Way” under the watchful eye of Bill Belichick.