Josh Gordon smoked his way out of Cleveland and into paradise. Getting released by the Browns and picked up by the Dynasty Patriots is the best thing to happen to the talented but undisciplined receiver who has played just 11 games since he led the NFL in receiving with 1,646 yards in 2013.
A bud habit that he just cant kick has done most of the damage. Being unreliable and unprofessional at times finished him off. This season was supposed to be his “allow me to reintroduce myself” NFL moment, the point where he learns from his past mistakes and becomes one of the games elite wide outs again. Gordon caught one ball and scored a TD with Cleveland and before you knew it, the two sides were parting ways as we enter Week 3 of the 2018 season.
Browns to release WR Josh Gordon Statement from GM John Dorsey:
There were many suitors for Gordons services, despite the Browns basically saying that he was unreliable and unsalvageable.
Browns also spoke with Cowboys, Redskins, 49ers and others about a potential trade for Josh Gordon, and wanted to send him to NFC. But Patriots stepped in and closed.
Gordon had been ruled out for Sundays game against the Saints after reportedly arriving late to the facility with an apparent hamstring injury suffered during a promotional shoot.
Life has a funny way of working itself out. Gordon had become a whipping boy in Cleveland and a poster child for the lack of discipline, dedication and professionalism that led the team to a 1-31 record the past two seasons. It was time for a change and their couldn’t be a more seismic shift in cultures than going from Cleveland to New England. It might just be what all parties involved needed.
Bill Belichick and the Patriots desperately need a game-breaker at wide receiver and they emphatically solved that problem by acquiring Gordon for a mere 2019 conditional fifth-round pick. Getting banished from Cleveland was supposed to be a punishment for Gordon. Instead they did him a huge favor and traded him to a team with the modern day GOAT at QB and the greatest head coach of this generation at the helm.
Brady’s been balling out for years with a contingent of average wide receivers. Lets see what he does with Gronk and Gordon as options. Let’s just say, Tom Brady is going to live by the G-code from now on. The thought already has people going crazy and fantasy leagues heating up with folks scrambling to trade for Gordon.
If you double Gronk and you leave Josh Gordon 1-on-1, you’re asking for problems. If you double Josh Gordon that means you have to leave Gronk 1-on-1, and you’re asking for problems. … They don’t want that kind of smoke.” – @ShannonSharpe https://t.co/8JAQ6HVfN3
Some have suggested that Gordon will have a Randy Moss type season for the Patriots.
He will have a season that some will compare, maybe not statistically, but some will compare to when Randy Moss came to the Patriots.” @Nate13Burleson thinks there’s major potential for @Josh_GordonXII in New England : @GMFB | #GoPats https://t.co/e12j3npvxz
When Moss joined Brady in 2007, the tandem produced the greatest season by a quarterback to wide receiver connection in history. Moss had a record 23 TDs and Brady became the first QB in NFL history to throw 50 TD’s in a season.
It was a cosmic connection that came at the perfect moment, with the two very best players in the game at their respective positions developing an unstoppable chemistry that laid defenses to waste.
If Gordon wasnt going to be part of the solution in Cleveland, then he was going to be someone elses problem, even if it meant hand delivering him to the perennial Super Bowl favorites with a golden arm QB in need of a youth infusion with monster potential for snagging passes.
After years of coming up short and being labeled “wasted talent,” Gordon hit the jackpot (no pun intended). If he can keep his nose clean and buy into the Patriots way of doing things, his career could do a 360 and blast off into orbit. If he blows this opportunity with immaturity and another weed relapse. then the door might permanently close on what could have been a legendary career.