For the New England Patriots so far this season, consistent production in the passing game has been a struggle, particularly the receiving core. It was once a strength for the team but now looks to be their biggest flaw thus far.
With a cast of inexperienced rookie pass catchers for Tom Brady to work with, the team could use a proven playmaker with some NFL experience at the receiver position to take the heat off both the rookies and Brady himself.
That is where Cleveland Browns‘ WR Josh Gordon comes in. Gordon is a big, fast playmaker who could fill the role of Brady’s go-to outside receiver in New England. That way, rookies like Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce could continue to learn the nuances of the receiver position, having less pressure on them to succeed.
As for Gordon, he has a proven track record in the NFL, totaling 951 yards and six receiving touchdowns in 17 career games. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the numbers, besides the stats themselves, is that he had a mediocre quarterback throwing him the football in Brandon Weeden.
In New England, Gordon would not have to suffer from mediocre quarterback play with Brady at the helm. With Gordon having put up the kinds of numbers that he did his first year in Cleveland, imagine what he is capable of doing in the New England system with Brady. In that scenario, he could go from a relatively underrated pass catcher, to a perennial pro bowl-type receiver, at least on paper.
Gordon on the Patriots makes too much sense. With reports surfacing that the Browns might be willing to part with the dynamic receiver, it would behoove the Patriots to at the very least, inquire about the dynamic receiver’s availability.