Josh Gordon becomes the latest calculated risk for Bill Belichick

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Having pelts on the wall makes it much easier for a coach who also controls personnel to roll the dice. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick has thrown the bones for now-former Browns receiver Josh Gordon.

It could boom like Randy Moss. It could bust like Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth. But Belichick’s rings give him the freedom to try.

The player’s skills and abilities make it even more attractive. In 2013, with Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell, and Brandon Weeden throwing the passes, Gordon generated 1,646 receiving yards in only 14 games. Gordon is now reunited with Hoyer, but the other guy on the depth chart gives Gordon the best quarterback he’s ever had, by far.

Of course, it won’t be easy for Gordon to learn the offense on the fly. But with no deep threat on the depth chart, how much do the Patriots need Gordon to do other than force opposing defenses to defend more of the field, opening everything up for the rest of Tom Brady‘s targets?

Gordon’s chronic issues with banned recreational substances provide a separate challenge for the Patriots, but they presumably have done their homework before giving up a fifth-round pick for a player on whom the Browns finally have given up. And Belichick may believe that he will be able to reach Gordon in a way that other coaches haven’t, providing the player with one last shot at true greatness if he can show up on time, do his job, and finally become the player he has always had the potential to be.

56 responses to “Josh Gordon becomes the latest calculated risk for Bill Belichick

  1. The Patriots are one of maybe 5/6 teams that I feel Josh (Flash) Gordon can Excell. Like they say about children wanting structure, I feel most athletes (who are basically kids) want it too. With hard rules and praises when doing well, He had a good shot at redemption.

    Now a team that is competitive every year gives him a reason to pull his head out if his butt. Also making an already good team better. I’m not a Pat’s fan by any means but I’ll root for Flash to do well.

  2. “Of course, it won’t be easy for Gordon to learn the offense on the fly”….

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    yeah, especially when he thinks that he doesn’t NEED to learn the offense…. LOL

  3. Flash Gordon… If he can get 1,650 receiving yards in 14 games from Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, imagine how many yards and TD’s he can get from Tom Brady if he is somehow able to stay clean. A big if, but man if he can stay sober…

  4. Can’t say I’m thrilled with this, but what’s the downside? The Pats have 6 pks in the top 100, as well as a 6th and 3 7’s. They can spare the 5th and the 790k. At the 1rst sign of shenanigans he’ll get an apple and a roadmap

  5. Signing Josh isn’t the risk, the risk is losing out on somebody else that they didn’t find to be a big target.

  6. I’m hoping he pulls his head out of wherever it’s been lodged, and learns the playbook. He’s got freakish talent, but can’t make good personal decisions to save his like, literally.Good luck Josh.

  7. bill belichick trades like warren buffet of 1960s (or ben graham of 1930/40s)…

    1) always buy cigar butts on the cheap
    2) most won’t smoke well or long but
    3) a couple of cohiba’s at pennies on the dollar make up for quick burn outs

  8. terripet says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    Will be cut by week 8
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    That’s a real possibility…… maybe even sooner…… but I’m glad the Pats took the gamble on him….. I’m excited to see how it plays out!!!
    I pray for the best but won’t be shocked if the worst happens…..I guess time will tell on this one…..

  9. Pats fans were bashing him when Dorsey stupidly laid his Cards on the table Saturday, now it’s a low risk, no brainer deal.

  10. If Belichick can make this guy play the way he did with Randy Moss, then my hat is off to him. Belichik seems to do well with reclamation projects. He gets it out of them and when he is through with them he tosses them into the dumpster.

  11. The new england patriots are getting really nervous.

    Jacksonville’s defense DESTROYED tom brady.
    Blake Bortles DESTROYED the new england patriots.

    The organization and fanbase see the window closing.

    Football fans have tired of the unbalanced officiating of tom brady and the patriots.
    The nfl knows/see/feels the fans leaving due to their unbalanced coddling of the team.

    Desperate times need desperate measures.

    THIS IS ABSOLUTE DESPERATION.

  12. Foxboro in September is football boot camp. Gordon is going to have to run up hills and do laps around the practice field… Sometimes in pouring rain. Just like everyone else on the team. He can drink the kool aid or not. If he plays well with others and does his job, Gordon gets redemption and a high value contract. If not, whatever.

  13. I forgot about Hoyer. Maybe Hoyer can be his assigned buddy, while also schooling him on the playbook to get him up to speed in a flash. See what I did there? Flash…get it? Nevermind.

  14. The one thing people continue to forget is, Josh reached those HOF numbers in 2013 while high as a kite. On AND off the field. Now, if sober, I don’t think we’ll see the same kind of numbers. Still a tremendous talent and a really good kid. Just a lot of demons. Which I don’t think are quite gone just yet…

  15. Just watched Josh Gordon Career NFL Highlights on Joutube and he looks like a “throw it up” receiver, but he can certainly run short crossing routes, bubble screens, and end around’s. Josh McDaniels could have some fun with his size and speed. But even if he’s just a throw it up there deep threat, he’s going to drag double coverage down field. He’s going to need his throws to be happy. I doubt being a decoy will work long. Brady will need to be able to deliver the deep ball though, and he’ll need time to set up.

  16. Another signing that smacks of desperation in New England. They bash a player for any reason when he plays for another team, but New England trades for him? Great deal!! Low risk!! High reward!! Wait until Patriots fans start bragging about how Belicheat is gonna flip him for a 1st rounder!!

  17. The only downside is he will screw up. It’s just a question of when. Will it be next year? Or on the eve of the Patriots first playoff game. Taking a flyer of only 35 or so slots in the draft is a no brainer.

    We’ll see

  18. Too many of josh’s 1646 yards came while the opponents
    were playing prevent defense in blowout losses.

    107 yards in the 4th quarter against Cincinnati in prevent defense in a 41-20 loss.
    158 yards in the 4th quarter against pittsburgh in prevent defense in a 27-10 loss.

    261 yards in a loss against a terrible pre-coughlin jacksonville (25th ranked PASS Defense)

  19. destroyed? they lost by 11, you can get that with a td+2pt conversion and a fg. hardly a devastating loss.

    and how is trading a 5th round draft pick desperation? they have what, 6 picks in the first 100? If they traded two first round draft picks for golden tate, that would be desperate. but just a 5? and they get back a 7 if they cut him? your narrative isn’t based on reality.

  20. THIS IS ABSOLUTE DESPERATION

    Fools. Even after that abortion of a game yesterday, they’re still the gold standard.

  21. 700levelvet says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    Pats fans were bashing him when Dorsey stupidly laid his Cards on the table Saturday, now it’s a low risk, no brainer deal.
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    You mean bashing Gordon because he put himself in a position where Dorsey had to do something about it? Sure! Rightfully so. No Pats fan is suggesting his troubled behavior is behind him so the scrutiny is still there despite the trade. But the bottom line is his time in CLE was up. Heck Dorsey even said as much. It was time to get whatever they could for him. The risk\reward is there to justify it. The same would have been true if it was some other team not located in New England.

  22. doctorrustbelt says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    The new england patriots are getting really nervous.

    Jacksonville’s defense DESTROYED tom brady.
    Blake Bortles DESTROYED the new england patriots.

    The organization and fanbase see the window closing.

    Football fans have tired of the unbalanced officiating of tom brady and the patriots.
    The nfl knows/see/feels the fans leaving due to their unbalanced coddling of the team.

    Desperate times need desperate measures.

    THIS IS ABSOLUTE DESPERATION.
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    Dude it’s week 2! The Steelers are last in their divsion. The Bengals are first. Neither are going to stay that way and everybody knows it (including you). Talk about over reacting. This isn’t about the officiating or desperation. It’s about executing. Pure and simple. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  23. ajg314 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm
    Another signing that smacks of desperation in New England. They bash a player for any reason when he plays for another team, but New England trades for him? Great deal!! Low risk!! High reward!! Wait until Patriots fans start bragging about how Belicheat is gonna flip him for a 1st rounder!!
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    ANY team giving up a 5th for a player with that type of talent is getting a low risk high reward. Insuring it with a 7th in case it doesn’t work out makes it even more the case. Is Gordon a head case? Yup. Does he deserve the bashing? Yup. Is it still a low risk high reward despite all of that? Yup. That would be true even if it wasn’t the Patriots. This isn’t about Pats fans. It’s about other fans who hate the Pats (more so their fans) and wondering why their GMs are sitting idly by and not taking chances.

  24. Gordon thing might work out. He knows he can smoke all the weed he wants without consequences in Foxboro. Goodell is obviously panicking.

  25. This has 0 to do with rings. This has to do with looking under every rock as the leader of the greatest sports franchise ever.

    The second BB came to NE Kraft has told him to have full power outside of wifebeaters and rapists, etc, and he would support his personnel eye and judgement.

    Any team had this shot at Josh Gordon, but the truth is, everyone knows the maxed ceiling Gordon is likely to only happen in NE, not anywhere else. Not in trendy and super happy Philly, not in New York, not in Green Bay, not in Baltimore, not anywhere else.

    The quality environment and structure in NE is what BB provides. Everything is first class and no stone is unturned.

    In 2001, BB had no rings, and Bryan Cox, and whatever other cast offs that he brought in there, for one of the greatest GM runs ever, both in the draft when he got there and FA moves, and street signings, are all classic BB moves that BROUGHT those titles to NE.

    The recipe hasn’t changed, rings or not. BB runs the show and always has, with Kraft out of the way, which is why it works.

  26. terripet says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    Will be cut by week 8

    —-

    Maybe.

    In week 5 though, against your Colts, hopefully he’ll cause you to throw a rock through your 19 inch Zenith TV with the rabbit ears first.

    That would be good enough for me.

  27. 1phillyphan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    The Patriots are one of maybe 5/6 teams that I feel Josh (Flash) Gordon can Excell. Like they say about children wanting structure, I feel most athletes (who are basically kids) want it too. With hard rules and praises when doing well, He had a good shot at redemption.

    Now a team that is competitive every year gives him a reason to pull his head out if his butt. Also making an already good team better. I’m not a Pat’s fan by any means but I’ll root for Flash to do well.

    85

    18

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    5-6 teams? I think not, which is no one else was in on it. They know.

    In your immature, lack of accountability locker room, soon to blow up, he would be a disaster, for example.

    The kids needs a simplistic, focused structure like most workers do. He’s never had it and he’s never been held accountable either, until now, the day he walks in the doors in Foxborough.

  28. So let me get this right. He’s been in the league since 2012 but has only played 40 games and has spent his entire career with the Browns. Yet despite all of this he’s won as many playoff games as Marvin Lewis has in his 15 year run as head coach of the red headed stepchild of the original Browns franchise. You talk about a team who should be DESPERATE and should’ve gone all in on Gordon. I hear the head dimwit of their fan base always complain about Dalton’s lack of weapons. What’s the worst that could’ve happened? They’ve employed Burfict, Pac Man and whatever’s left of Chris Henry.

  29. There’s definitely several big “IFs” with this one.

    I don’t expect him to be Randy Moss 2.0, nor do I think that’s what the Patriots need him to be. Moss appeared to love playing football and love winning above all else (perhaps why he fizzled out in Oakland). Gordon needs to take care of some other things first, and IF he can do that and IF the team feels he’s making a commitment, maybe he can carve out a small roll to contribute (because he’s definitely not digesting the full offensive playbook this season).

    IF all that works out, and IF he can still outrun the coverage to let Brady connect deep, that’s good for the rest of the Patriots skill players– even if Gordon is only targeted a couple times a game. Getting one more defender to commit to covering him deep frees up space around the box for the White, Michel, etc., and yes, even Patterson– all of whom can make plays with the ball and a bit of space.

    And IF it doesn’t work out, the Pats are out a late 5th rounder with enough draft capital to still move around the board in the mid/late rounds next year.

  30. doctorrustbelt says:
    September 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    The new england patriots are getting really nervous.

    Jacksonville’s defense DESTROYED tom brady.
    Blake Bortles DESTROYED the new england patriots.

    The organization and fanbase see the window closing.

    Football fans have tired of the unbalanced officiating of tom brady and the patriots.
    The nfl knows/see/feels the fans leaving due to their unbalanced coddling of the team.

    Desperate times need desperate measures.

    THIS IS ABSOLUTE DESPERATION.
    ……………….

    You’re going against Brady and Belichick..good luck with that..oh yeah Eagles fan here

  31. Belichick is losing his marbles and needs to be removed from Personnel Decisions. He personally threw away the SB and has a terrible record in the Draft with a few exceptions over the 18 Years.
    He let go of Amendola and Cooks because……..???….and they are better off now becuase BB knows best??? = Major DA

    Revolving door at NE because BB is surrounded by Yes men.

    Brady would have 7 maybe 8 Rings by now. BB without Brady is BUST.

  32. tylawspick6 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 8:16 pm
    This has 0 to do with rings. This has to do with looking under every rock as the leader of the greatest sports franchise ever.
    The second BB came to NE Kraft has told him to have full power outside of wifebeaters and rapists, etc, and he would support his personnel eye and judgement.
    Any team had this shot at Josh Gordon, but the truth is, everyone knows the maxed ceiling Gordon is likely to only happen in NE, not anywhere else. Not in trendy and super happy Philly, not in New York, not in Green Bay, not in Baltimore, not anywhere else.
    The quality environment and structure in NE is what BB provides. Everything is first class and no stone is unturned.
    In 2001, BB had no rings, and Bryan Cox, and whatever other cast offs that he brought in there, for one of the greatest GM runs ever, both in the draft when he got there and FA moves, and street signings, are all classic BB moves that BROUGHT those titles to NE.
    The recipe hasn’t changed, rings or not. BB runs the show and always has, with Kraft out of the way, which is why it works.

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    Guess you forgot the Yankees exist

  33. The Patriots know they can’t beat the likes of Blake Bortles or Nick Foles unless the refs hand them the game.

    Makes sense to bring in a player with talent since as things were they could not compete with decent teams when on an even playing field like the other teams have to.

  34. This has been planned and working out for months now. A failed test and then acting like “not himself” and then the Pats swooping in, seemingly like they have been sitting around minding their business and just taking a flyer. I call BS, check Hoodie’s phone.

  35. doctorrustbelt-

    I don’t understand where you got Gordon’s stats from for the Cincinnati game. In the 2013 41-20 loss to the Bengals, Gordon caught 0 balls for 0 yards in the 4th Quarter.

    You’re correct as far as the Steelers game goes. I didn’t see the game 5 years ago nor would I remember if Pittsburgh was playing a prevent defense at the time.

    Doesn’t matter as far as the Jaguars game goes. Most good receivers fatten up on bad receiving defenses. That’s kind of how bad pass defenses become bad pass defenses. Did Andre Johnson and T.Y. Hilton’s 150+ yard games against Jacksonville not count either?

    You are aware that Gordon had Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell, and Brian Hoyer throwing to him that season, aren’t you? They had a collective completion rate of 55.7%, second worst in the NFL by .3%.

    Gordon was a good player then. No one knows if he is right now.

  36. I did see the catch he made against the steelers to tie the game..and it was THIS YEAR.

    Desperation moves are more like giving up a 1st for bradford..trading up for a paxton lynch..signing an osweiler and usually going all in with a pair of 2s hoping the guy with the royal flush bites.A 5th round pick(if all works well)is not desperation.

    For all you “if butler would have played in the SB they would have won”experts..seen his stats for this year???let me know if you think the worst rated cb is worth that 60 mill.

  37. imagine tom brady throwing bombs to gordon? good grief. tom might reach 55 tds this year throwing to the league’s best receiver. and yes, that includes being better than antonio diva brown.

    brown is me me me all about me.

    josh gordon is gonna torch all ya candy asses. book it.

  38. tedmurph says
    September 17, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    Can’t say I’m thrilled with this, but what’s the downside? The Pats have 6 pks in the top 100, as well as a 6th and 3 7’s. They can spare the 5th and the 790k. At the 1rst sign of shenanigans he’ll get an apple and a roadmap.
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    If he doesn’t make it and can’t get his head out of his butt. He’s more likely to get a bag of munchies and the roadmap, with nowheresville, circled.

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