When most people think Josh Gordon they think one thing, Steven A. Smith saying stay off the weeeeeed.
Josh Gordon like many people has faced the woes of addiction head on with multiple suspensions for substance abuse violations. This is an all time talent willing to sacrifice everything for alcohol or pot.
Bill Belichick is a no nonsense head coach that expects the very best out of all of his players. James Harrison the future hall of fame defensive end has even stated in the past he has seen Tom Brady sprint to meetings in fear of being late. This level of excellence has resulted in five super bowl rings for Belichick and the Patriots organization.
Gordon does not appear to be your prototypical Patriots player, the whole reason he got traded is because he came in late with a hurt hamstring from shooting an advertisement. One of the things that separate the Patriots from other teams is their willingness to test out players that have a history of issues. For example, they claimed Mike Floyd off of waivers two years ago after a DUI bust cost him his spot in Arizona. He did not stick around long but he was a key contributor in the week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins that year.
Gordon is much better Mike Floyd though, he is one of the most talented players in the entire league. In 2014 in only his second season Gordon in 14 games led the league in yards at over 1600, WITH THE BROWNS! This is a player with much more upside than any 5th round pick the Patriots could have gotten. He is probably the most talented receiver the patriots have had since Randy Moss in 2007. Randy at that point was getting past his prime, Gordon is only 27 and he has really only played 2 good seasons of NFL football.
The Patriots had only 3 receivers active in the last game and it limited our production versus the Jaguars. If Gordon can come and produce what he produced for the Browns once he was out of suspension around 70 yards a game and the ability to make tough contested catches, that will bring the Patriots offense to a whole new level especially once we get Edelman back. He could be the piece that puts us over the top by being able to take the top off of opposing defenses. Think like a six foot three inch Brandin Cooks that can highpoint the ball.
The very real downside is this, Gordon has a history of being an unreliable person off the field. If he is not sober and shows up the meetings late than I guarantee that the Patriots will cut him. The Patriots have no problems with taking risks on the players and failing. I am sure Belichick would rather trade for a problemed known quality player with high upside than draft Chad Jackson.
Gordon is a hell of a football player. If he can come through and produce in the Patriots system long term than he can be one of the greatest of all time. If he flakes out like he has in the past than that is still a 5th round pick worth losing.
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