Playing this while you read might not be the worst idea tbh.
LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After trading away Brandin Cooks and losing the ever mansome Danny Playoffs in free agency the Patriots receiving core was questioned all offseason (with great reason).
Is this really what the Patriots are going give 41 year old Tom Brady to work with? Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle "stone hands" Patterson? Jesus Dude, it made me start believing the conspiracies that the Pats are trying to annoy and disrespect Brady into retirement.
It was the hottest topic on sports radio in Boston. Many were comparing this core to the 2006 and 2013 Patriots (both teams that made it to AFC Championship Games) as the worst Brady has ever had. While I agreed it was one of the worst WR cores he's ever had (while Jules is out), this team stil has Gronk (greatest TE of all time...nbd) and James White but man, oh man, did they need to make an upgrade.
Dez Bryant has been the popular name for months of Patriot fans for guys the team should sign. I too was in that camp. He's basically been begging on social media for a chance to come to Foxboro.
But as an intelligent Pats fan I began to realize the Patriots likely weren't going to ever make this move. Idk exactly why? I know he's had low catch % numbers the last few years, but he's still a freak athlete who'd fill a huge need in the Patriots offense.-- frankly imo he fell victim to a serious change of offensive philosophy of the Cowboys with the additions of Zeke and Dak. This wasn't Tony Romo ball where he flurished. He wasn't getting the consistent love he'd need. Maybe that's why Pats were saying no? But the difference is even if they got 2017 Dez-- I think it's a big addition.
I think with Tom Brady Dez could've figured it out and been more than effective. People who try to sound smart will say how complicated the Patriots offense is for wide receivers but I think he would've been able to figure it out.
But whatever, none of that matters as the Patriots added the young more dynamic (with incredibly more baggage) Josh Gordon. I was fucking shocked when I heard the Browns were going to cut him. To me it made no sense just makes no sense if what the reports of why he got cut are true. Something about getting hurt at photo shoot? How that happens?...idk.
I am amazed that this is the straw that broke the camel's back in Cleveland. A talent like Josh Gordon is on par with the best in the league. He's been given all these chances (granted for offenses that shouldn't be a big deal) because of a 14 game stretch in 2013. It was legendary. 87 receptions for an astounding 1646 yards (which lead the NFL). He did this with Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer. The issue is that season (which was 5 years ago) has been the only season where Gordon played more than 8 games He didn't play any in 2015 OR 2016. Most of the stuff (if not all) was for weed. Which fucking ridiculous. I'm not gonna get on my I love weed more than most things soapbox right now. but the TL;DR verison is there are way worse things players have done and gotten much less punishment.
This is the classic Patriot risk move to me which is why I love it. They could have a semi-sure thing with Dez Bryant. I still wouldn't hate adding him to the roster. Who cares if it takes Brady a few weeks to build a relationship with him (they could go 9-7 and win this division)? They are just risking a conditional 5th round pick. The fact that they'd rather do that than just spend money on Dez shows their confidence in him. Sure they could just sign Dez but Josh Gordon is a 1st round talent. With even a 41 year old Tom Brady I think we could see shades of 07 Moss. He's miles ahead of any QB who's ever thrown him an NFL pass. The thing is the Patriots don't even need that out of him. If Gordon can be a deadly decoy, who at any time could take the top off of the defense-- that's really all they need to open everything else up for the other guys. I love the move. Some people think this is going to be OchoCinco all over again.
I sure fucking hope not for the sake of the Patties (and my fantasy team).
I don't care about how "complex" the Pats offense may or may not be. Josh Gordon is such a fucking monster WR (who is still just 27) they can give him like 5 routes and it'll be fine.
That game was what really put Josh Gordon on the map even though he had been on a historic pace already. These are league records he broke in 2013.
That play reminds me of the Tebow to Thomas walkoff TD. Just pure athleticism by a beast WR on a relatively short route. Just outrunning and outmanning everybody. This is what the Patriots are hoping for, it's what we're all hoping for. I am sooo excited to see what happens with this guy in New England. Even though the Pats looked horrible yesterday (missed 98% of the game cause I was in a car home from NJ and only saw the series where Brady fumbled on 3rd down deep in Jag territory with a chance to make it a one score game) but this changes everything. With Edelman coming back soon the Pats just really need to win one of the next two games before they be all systems go like they always do after September struggles.
In 2012 the Patriots were 2-2 after 4 games and 3-3 after 6 and still went 12-4 and made it to the AFC title game (where they were leading at half time)
In 2014 the Patriots started 2-2 and were blown out on Monday Night Football by the Chiefs and were declared "not good anymore".
In 2017 the Patriots started 2-2 and made all the way to the Super Bowl with a 13-3 regular season under their belt.
My point is even if they start slowly getting him incorporated into the offense it really doesn't matter. This is a playoff and late in the season move.
As for the Browns...to think they were gonna cut this guy for nothing is so fucking Browns it hurts. I'm glad they smartened up and traded him to get something, and that something is a conditional 5th round pick from the New England Patriots. A price we'll all gladly pay for ring #6. Yes the Super Bowl is back on, we are not the Jags who just won the week 2 Super Bowl because they beat us. We're doing full boners people. Josh Gordon is a New England Patriot and the Patriots are going to save his career just like they've done for a long line of guys who looked done or had "troubled" pasts. This isn't Corey Dillon shit, it was fucking weed bro. The best plant on earth. SMH. Go Pats.
Should Brady pull a Kobe and change his number? Go back to the Michigan 10? Josh Gordon seems to be pretty attached to the number.
Just a thought.