Josh Gordon on improved conditioning: “Night and day” since joining Patriots

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There have been a lot of differences in wide receiver Josh Gordon‘s life since he was traded from the Browns to the Patriots early this season and Gordon’s physical condition is on the list.

When Gordon initially arrived in New England, he was dealing with a hamstring injury and had work to do on his overall conditioning after missing most of Cleveland’s preseason work so that he could focus on his mental health. On Thursday, Gordon said that he’s not experiencing any issues on that front at this point.

“It’s night and day,” Gordon said, via WEEI.com. “Huge difference. Coach [Moses] Cabrera and the strength staff have been amazing and patient with me, helped me out through my injuries. The training staff, as well, bring me along where I’m safe and mobile. I think I’m as good as I’ve been.”

Gordon has seen the number of passes thrown his way dip over the last two weeks as the Patriots have tried to spread the ball around on offense, but fewer targets has led to greater efficiency. Gordon has caught all eight passes that Tom Brady has sent in his direction the last two weeks and scored a key touchdown against the Vikings in the second half of last Sunday’s win.

33 responses to “Josh Gordon on improved conditioning: “Night and day” since joining Patriots

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    Gordon is 6’3″ and 225 lbs. He’s run a 4.3 /40 recently. What team has a DB who can match up with that combination of size and speed? He creates a mismatch on every play.
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  2. I’m absolutely shocked that a player with a troubled past is making strides to improve as a player now that he got out of Huey’s 2-32-1 dumpster fire and landed on a winning organization with a no nonsense approach. Just shocked.

  3. Wait you mean players work in New England??!!?? I thought the Patriots won all those games by cheating and the reff’s giving them games…. Haters gonna hate!! 10 division in a row coming this SUNDAY!!

  4. PEDs will help with your strength too Josh. I’m sure “hard work” isn’t the only reason you’ve become in better shape and stronger.

  5. This isn’t Randy Moss or Corey Dillon. The offense doesn’t run through him. He’s been a piece of the puzzle and a nice option in the offense. The great news is that nobody seems to think he’ll fall off the wagon.

  6. I’m not sure Josh Gordon has ever run a 4.3, but I do know he’s no where close to that now. I would estimate him to be around a 4.6 at this point. I’ve even heard some Patriots insiders state that he needs to get the piano off his back.

  7. vaphinfan says:
    December 7, 2018 at 8:05 am

    PEDs will help with your strength too Josh. I’m sure “hard work” isn’t the only reason you’ve become in better shape and stronger.

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    Bull. Josh Gordon is in Stage Three of the NFL’s intervention program part of the substance abuse policy. A player in Stage Three will stay there for the rest of his career, unless there is a specific discharge by the program’s medical director.

    When you’re in Stage Three, the league can test you for drugs, alcohol, PEDs anytime year-round, unannounced. According to an article in Sports Illustrated from a year ago, he is actually tested about twice a week. A guy shows up and *watches* Gordon pee in a cup.

    So yeah, go ahead and claim, based on zero evidence, that he’s using. But please also explain how he’s getting away with it given his testing regime.

  8. So For the last 5 games with the Patriots Gordon is around 380 yards, 21 catches, and 3 tds. The 5 games he played with the Brown’s last year…..18 catches, 335 yards, 1 td. Wow what a turn around.

  9. The pundits had him failing by now. Amazing what a great coach and team can do for you. Keep it up Gordon. You will be a huge star in the playoffs.

  10. Josh Gordon ran a 4.3 40 11/10/2017 by the Browns when he was worked out prior to his return. And no, no PFT poster heard Patriot insiders say anything about a piano.

  11. Loving what I’m seeing with Josh since he’s gotten to NE, I for one and rooting for him and hope he continues to make positive strides on his road to recovery.

  12. He’s a great story this year. I’d love to see him get Comeback Player of the Year, but I have to imagine Luck is going to run away with it. It’d be cool if the NFL awarded it to both of them.

  13. “Browns fans deserve better, hopefully it’s on the way”

    Unfortunately they’ll never get it as long as scam artist Haslam owns the team

  14. Fans aside, being in the Brown’s organization would make anyone turn to substance abuse. Look what happens when your organization actually cares about success (btw ‘winning’ the first round draft pick is not success)

  15. vaphinfan says:
    December 7, 2018 at 9:40 am

    So For the last 5 games with the Patriots Gordon is around 380 yards, 21 catches, and 3 tds. The 5 games he played with the Brown’s last year…..18 catches, 335 yards, 1 td. Wow what a turn around.
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    I expect a breakout game by Gordon against that sad Dolphins team.

  16. Vaphinfan says ‘I expect a breakout game by Gordon against that sad Dolphins team.’

    Don’t discount the Fins in this one. Tom is 7-9 in Miami. It’s 80 degrees in December but the Pats are practicing at 30 degrees. These are always tough games for the Pats. Even as a bottom dweller the Fins seem to play at a different level against the Pats.

  17. charliecharger says:
    December 7, 2018 at 7:57 am
    Now put Tom Brady in Cleveland and the opposite is true.

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    You may be right, but I disagree. Fortunately, we should never have to find out if that is true.

  18. buckstalion12965 says:
    December 7, 2018 at 7:29 am
    Too bad he didn’t commit himself like this to the Browns. Especially since they gave him way more chances than he deserved.

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    The difference is the quality of leadership on the Patriots. Its incredibly strong and not directly visible by any stat you only see it reflected in the win column.

  19. cardiovascularendurance says:
    December 7, 2018 at 10:28 am
    He’s a great story this year. I’d love to see him get Comeback Player of the Year, but I have to imagine Luck is going to run away with it. It’d be cool if the NFL awarded it to both of them.

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    Im ok with Luck getting that, I think its valid. As low as I thought Gordon’s chances were of re-emerging this year I still had Luck’s rated lower at stone cold zero. I have been wrong on both I admit.

  20. theringisthething says:
    December 7, 2018 at 9:23 am
    I’m not sure Josh Gordon has ever run a 4.3, but I do know he’s no where close to that now. I would estimate him to be around a 4.6 at this point. I’ve even heard some Patriots insiders state that he needs to get the piano off his back.

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    Gordons workout for Cleveland last year had him at 4.3. As far as Patriots insiders I honestly dont think you know any. I’m a pianist though so now at least you have spoken to one of those anyhow.

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