Week 6 vs New York Giants
Josh Gordon continued to see a heavy share of the Patriots' offensive snaps in Week 5, lining up for 86% of them, but his target rate of 12.4% is the lowest among New England's starting receiver trio. He was still targeted 8 times against Washington, but his 59 receiving yards and continued touchdown drought left him as the WR34 for the week and WR42 overall. He's been limited with a knee issue in practice for the past couple weeks, so it's certainly possible he's playing through an injury that's limiting his explosiveness somewhat.
Gordon is likely to be shadowed by cornerback Janoris Jenkins in this matchup with the Giants, but that is far from a reason to sit him. Jenkins has struggled along with the entire Giants secondary, and this is a defense that is more of a pass-funnel unit than last week's Washington matchup. The Giants have allowed 1,052 receiving yards (second-most) and eight receiving touchdowns (third-most) through five weeks, so as long as Gordon is active, fire him up as a WR2.