Foxborough, MA - There is no denying that one of the most disheartening aspects of Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars was the lack of a rapport between Tom Brady and his receiving corps. He works well with Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski is always a threat, and Phillip Dorsett is starting to come into his own, but until Julian Edelman returns, a depleted receiving corps like that just isn't going to cut it for New England.
They seeked to remedy this problem by adding two receivers to the roster recently, one of whom was former Cleveland Brown wideout Corey Coleman. However, as quickly as he joined the team, Coleman was dropped in favor of another Brown.
The Patriots made a big splash in the trade market by making a move to acquire Josh Gordon from Cleveland, in exchange for a fifth round draft pick. There is an additional provision in the deal that stipulates that New England will receive a late round draft pick from Cleveland if Gordon is not active for at least ten games.
For most receivers, the only thing that would stop them from being active for ten games is an injury, but Gordon has more of a complicated history in his playing career. Once believed to be a future Offensive Player of the Year candidate in the NFL, multiple failed drug tests and issues with mental health threatened to derail Gordon's career and, for a while, it seemed like they had succeeded.
Last season, though, Gordon was reinstated by the league and actually performed fairly well for the Browns, especially considering his rustiness and the poor quality of quarterbacks throwing to him.
So, if Gordon can continue to fight his demons and stay healthy, he stands to be an excellent addition to the Patriots offense. He is the only receiver in NFL history to record at least two hundred receiving yards in back to back games. There is no denying that the talent is there for Gordon and it is particularly exciting to imagine what he can play like with Tom Brady throwing him the ball.