By HCR Staff | Sept. 17, 2018
Now that Josh Gordon has been traded to the New England Patriots, how will the mercurial receiver fit in with the defending AFC champs?
Through the first two weeks of the season, the Patriots receiving corps has been outclassed. They pose no matchup problems for opposing defenses, something that was readily apparent in Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. With no threats at WR, defenses can shrink the field on Tom Brady and windows get tighter.
In the past, New England’s passing game has relied on scheme and execution. Problem is, there’s not much room for error when you need 14-play, 80-yard drives to score. That’s hard to sustain.
No question, Gordon is a risk, because he must keep his personal, off-the-field issues in check. But if he can do that, the Patriots suddenly have two physical matchup advantages in Gordon and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett are “clear out” guys — their productivity is dependent on another talent clearing an area of the field of defenders. That’s certainly something Gordon and Gronk can do.
This also sets up nicely for the return from suspension of Julian Edelman.
The Patriots have been one of the only teams in the league that don’t have a big-time run-after-the-catch receiver. Brady hasn’t had a run-after-the-catch receiver like this since Randy Moss.
Again, this is all contingent on Gordon’s personal discipline, and even Bill Belichick has no control over this. But if Gordon takes care of himself, this offense will go to another level