Josh Gordon posted on twitter this morning, "I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health."
Tom Pelissero reports that Gordon "is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy, per source." Obviously this is a blow to the Patriots, and could be the end of the line for Gordon, who has flashed on the field but struggled to stay unsuspended. Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett's playing time figures to get a bump, but the Patriots will use Cordarrelle Patterson as well. No one stands out as a great add at this point.
During a Tuesday conference call, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels shed some light on how far Josh Gordon has come in catching up to the rest of the Patriots offense since he was traded from the Cleveland Browns.
McDaniels praised the work that Gordon has put in, but stressed that he and the Patriots "still in the growing phase" of acclimating him into the offense.
"I don't think we've been together long enough to say he has a foundation that's completely finished," McDaniels said. "We're gonna continue to work on that each week."
While the Patriots offense is known for being famously difficult for receivers to grasp, Gordon has bucked the trend by seeing the field early in his tenure -- as well as getting targets from Tom Brady in key situations. Gordon is coming off a 5-130-1 line against the Packers, so things continue to trend up for Gordon in this offense.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon left the game on a couple of occasions to have his finger looked at by the team’s medical staff. After the 31-17 win was over, Gordon said that he dislocated his finger and was able to stay in the game after getting the finger popped back into place.
Gordon finished with 130 yards, including a 55-yard TD. Gordon called it a freak accident, and said he had to pop it back into place a couple of times throughout the game.
Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:35pm
Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 9. He should continue to play through the questionable tag. He has a nice matchup against the Packers’ young cornerbacks.
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:44pm
Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Gordon should be able to continue to play through the hamstring injury. He made an appearance in Josh Hermsmeyer’s Buy Low Model, so Josh thinks he may pop for a big game this week.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7:46pm
The Patriots are disciplining WR Josh Gordon during tonight’s game vs. the Bills because of tardiness. He’s expected to be kept off the field for several series — about a quarter — as they continue to work with & manage him.
It’ll be regular playing time after that, according to Rapoport. Reports say Gordon missed a meeting last week and was late for the team bus on Sunday. After what seemed like a great start to his time in New England, this is something to keep an eye on. Other reports say the Patriots are interested in adding WRs Demaryius Thomas and Golden Tate before the trade deadline.
Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:08pm
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:04pm
Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30pm
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm
Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Owners can start to use Gordon in their starting lineups after he played 80%+ of the snaps and saw nine targets in Week 7.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:07pm
Belichick on Josh Gordon: "I would just say his role is expanding weekly and we'll just see how it all plays out."
Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:31pm
Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 6. Hogan’s return means that he’s likely to play Sunday night against the Colts. He’s playing a ton of snaps, so his absence would lead to more opportunity for Josh Gordon.
Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:31pm
Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Gordon is likely to play on Sunday night. He hasn’t cracked a 30% snap rate since joining the Patriots, but the team should be ramping up his snaps soon.
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