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WR Josh Gordon - New England Patriots

6-3, 225Born: 4-13-1991College: BaylorDrafted: Round 2, pick 2012

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Gordon has been suspended indefinitely but was given an RFA tender and appears to possibly still be in the Patriots 2019 plans

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General News (Tue Jan 29): remains at an inpatient drug treatment facility, according to a source. The Patriots are paying for Gordon's treatment while the NFL's Players Association is working with Gordon to help treat his addiction. Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension for diluted drug test samples - a violation of his reinstatement.

Week 21: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady continues to show that in the playoffs he is just a different quarterback than the regular season. In each of his last two games, Brady has thrown for over 340 yards in both games and has now thrown for over 300 yards in 11 of his last 14 playoff games. This is a unit that has been able to identify the pre-snap read and get the ball out of Brady's hands quickly to James White, Julian Edelman or even Rob Gronkowski who had a vintage Gronkowski game against the Chiefs last week. This is a unit that will take whatever mismatch the defense is willing to give up with the variety of playmakers that the Patriots have on the field. The Rams secondary continues to be a unit that has largely underperformed this season. While the unit has dealt with injuries primarily to Aqib Talib who missed a large portion of the year, the Rams have been a unit that has been a merely average team against the pass compared to the expectations heading into this season with the acquisitions of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Peters has been extremely disappointing and will be matched up this week against a combination of Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan. The good news for the Rams this week is that their strength is at the slot corner position as Nickell Robey-Coleman has been one of the best slot corners in the league this year and could pose problems for Julian Edelman in this game. The one concern for the Rams could be their ability to cover Rob Gronkowski in this game as the team has allowed seven tight ends this season to go for over 50 yards and five tight ends to go for over 90 yards.

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Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Josh Gordon's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 15 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

The Patriots couldn't get multiple parts of their offense going in Week 15 and Josh Gordon was just one more piece not firing. Gordon's one reception and two targets sets season lows for Gordon on the season.

2018 Week 14 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)

Tom Brady zeroed in on 3 receivers all day, and Josh Gordon was one of those 3. He picked up plenty of yards after catch on his receptions, at one point gaining 10 more yards after a hit on his first catch. In particular, Brady targeted Gordon 5 times when a Dolphins rookie CB was matched up against him. There were no true deep shots or superhuman plays, but it's clear Gordon is an integral part of the offense.

2018 Week 13 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 58 / 1 rec)

His volume wasn't strong as the Pats worked the short game, but Gordon did get wide open on his touchdown, finding a nice open spot in the middle of the field. He then raced into the end zone for a fairly easy score. Tom Brady also did a great job stepping up in the pocket in the face of pressure on the throw.

2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (5 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)

Though he didn't reach the end zone, Gordon did have a few scripted passes thrown his way. It was also notable that Tom Brady looked his way twice eventually on plays where the Jets covered all receivers well, indicating rapport with his QB continues to improve.

2018 Week 10 vs TEN (12 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)

Though Gordon had a nice deep catch, he also missed on some routes and catches, as evidenced by his 4 catches on 12 target line. Brady and Gordon were simply not on the same page, and many of Brady's throws to him were off target due to the pass rush constantly on Brady. There will be better days ahead, but it's also clear by now defenses are keying in on Gordon with Gronk out.

2018 Week 9 vs GB (10 / 5 / 130 / 1 rec)

Josh Gordon had a heck of a game, capped off by a 55 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter to help seal the win for the Patriots. On the play, Brady faked, then slung a pass to Gordon, who broke a tackle and run into the end zone untouched. Gordon was used on a variety of routes, showing off route running chops - slants, outs, a nice jumping chunk play, you name it. The increasing rapport with Brady is becoming more evident, and Gordon has the potential to pay huge dividends as long as he stays on the field.

2018 Week 8 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

After talk of discipline for Gordon, he ended up starting on the very first play of the game. He didn't do much beyond some slants and outs, though he did make a nice grab on one of those plays. He also missed a deep shot from Tom Brady that he could have caught. It wasn't clear if the ball got lost in the lights, but either way, he almost had a much bigger day.

2018 Week 7 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 100 / 0 rec)

It's clear Josh Gordon has earned Tom Brady's trust. Brady looked his way on a 4th down for a jump ball, which Gordon successfully caught for 19 yards with a leaping catch. Gordon's 55 yard catch-and-run came at a crucial period in the 4th quarter, and he would have scored had he not run out of gas near the end of the run. Gordon once again saw heavy snaps, logging 61, and continues to integrate. The sky is the limit.

2018 Week 6 vs KC (9 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

Gordon played the most snaps and saw the most targets of any Patriots receiver, as the Pats made a concerted effort to get him involved. Timing was off on a couple passes, but he snagged a few nice slant routes, and had a 37 yard P.I. call at the 1 yard line of the Chiefs. His talent is evident, and as he gets more time in with Tom Brady, huge days won't be surprising.

2018 Week 5 vs IND (4 / 2 / 50 / 1 rec)

Though he was once again on a limited snap count, Gordon made the most of it, catching Tom Brady's 500 touchdown pass. The ball was a prayer deep shot into the end zone, and Gordon managed to snag it between two defenders in what surely reminded viewers of a Brady-Moss connection. It showed good trust in Gordon, who should continue to work his way to a larger role.

2018 Week 4 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Gordon was clearly on a snap count, but made two grabs and a couple key blocks as he earns Tom Brady's trust. The pitch count was likely due to a short upcoming week and monitoring his hamstring, but he came out unscathed and did what he needed to do. His role should continue to grow.

2018 Week 1 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)

Gordon was rumored to be in on roughly only 20 snaps in Week 1, but he wound up playing on 78% of the offensive snaps (69-of-89). That being said, he was not used extensively, seeing just three targets. Gordon was able to get open frequently against one-on-one coverage but quarterback Tyrod Taylor preferred the short and intermediate passes to Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and Duke Johnson. Gordon did manage to make his presence felt, turning his only catch into a 17-yard touchdown. Taylor threw the ball to the outside and Gordon went up over the defender to secure the catch right at the goal line. He had another deep end zone target in the fourth quarter but he was well-covered by cornerback Joe Haden. Gordon was the intended target on Taylor's fourth quarter interception but the pass was underthrown. The two didn't get much time to work together in the preseason with Gordon away from the team. Hopefully Gordon and Taylor develop more chemistry as the season goes on.


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