Josh Gordon will make his highly anticipated Patriots debut on Sunday in Detroit against Matt Patricia’s Lions. Bill Belichick recently said that “nobody knows us better than Matt [Patricia] does”, and that his knowledge of the offense will present a challenge that will require a lot of in-game adjustments.
One thing Patricia won’t be prepared for is how Gordon will be incorporated into the Pats’ offense.
Andrew Hawkins, a good friend and former teammate of Gordon’s, seems to think New England is the perfect fit for the 27 year-old:
“From what I know about New England, it’s a good place for him,” Hawkins told Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe. “The culture is all about winning football games. It’s a culture where you come in early and leave late. It’s a culture where you get in the playbook, and it’s ‘we all have a job to do.’ That’s dependent on your talent. Josh Gordon is capable of literally almost anything from the wide receiver position. When you put a guy like that with the best quarterback in NFL history, there is the potential for fireworks.”
So how’s Gordon responding to that no-nonsense, winning culture in Foxboro? According to Belichick, he’s done everything he’s needed to do and hasn’t had any issues getting into the flow of things:
“It’s good to get [Gordon] here,” Belichick said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I think Josh is a smart kid, he’s worked hard, he’s picked up a lot.”
Bill doesn’t say things like that just to say them. Those comments should tell you that Gordon will definitely get his chances on Sunday. Stay tuned.
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