While some may believe Gordon will struggle in New England's structured environment, ESPN's Jalen Rose is of the mindset that the culture change is just what the wideout needs. When healthy and in the right mindset, Gordon has the potential to be a Top-10 receiver in the NFL.
Gordon has been suspended multiple times by the National Football League for violations of its drug policies since being drafted by the Browns in 2012. However, they recently made a decision to part ways with him, and the Patriots traded a fifth-round pick to acquire him.
The Patriots will be without receiver Julian Edelman for the next two weeks so they are searching for someone who take the load off Chris Hogan. While Phillip Dorsett was solid in Week 1, the Patriots' receivers were shut down in an embarrassing Week 2 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Regardless of Gordon's presence in New England pressure on Tom Brady is the biggest key because when Brady is under pressure he is not an elite quarterback. But Gordon, who was not available to the media on Wednesday, has played just 11 games over the last five seasons while he struggled with substance-abuse issues that landed him on an indefinite suspension for nearly three seasons.
For the Patriots, there is certainly a risk when it comes to trading for Gordon, but the upside of what he can bring to the team is well worth it.
"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. This could help Gordon get his career back on track.