Matthew Slater on Josh Gordon: We want to support him however we can

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn’t have anything to share beyond his initial statement about wide receiver Josh Gordon‘s reinstatement, but one of the team’s veterans was willing to talk about the wideout’s return.

Belichick’s statement said that the Patriots will “evaluate the entire situation” when Gordon rejoins the team and special teams ace Matthew Slater‘s thoughts weren’t about how Gordon will fit into the football side of things. Slater instead focused on supporting Gordon as a person.

“We are excited,” Slater said, via “I’ll say this: Football is number two. We want to see him first and foremost doing well as an individual, doing well as a man, and we want to support him however we can. We’re just going to take this one day at a time, which is all any of us can do. And we’ll see what tomorrow brings and then we’ll let the day after that worry about it when it comes around.”

The NFL’s statement on Gordon’s reinstatement said that he is free to join the team on Sunday for meetings and conditioning work. Moving on to practice is “subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements” and Gordon will be allowed to attend, but not participate in, Thursday’s preseason game.

11 responses to “Matthew Slater on Josh Gordon: We want to support him however we can

  1. I wish Gordon all the luck in the world, but he’s already proven that he simply cannot stay clean. How many chances has he had? And has he ever been able to stay clean? IMHO, it’s only a matter of time before he relapses. It’s a question of when, not if, he falls off the wagon. It’s very sad. Addiction is a terrible disease. I hope Gordon finds a way to beat his demons, but I’m not holding my breath on this one. If the Pats are counting on Gordon to get through the season without relapsing, they’re almost surely going to be disappointed. History says he cannot stay clean.

  2. Gordon’s December suspension prob came from his being high before he even joined Pats. According to the Plain Dealer, he seemed out of it on Sept 10th which was the last straw for the Browns. The fact he’s been clean since suggests the Pats has been a good move for him.

  3. If I were a betting man, I would lay my money on JG never getting on the field for another NFL game. I can’t see BB letting him play knowing he may be gone again. He is not worth the chance, when you need him, he will be gone. You can’t trust him or count on him. That is certain!

  4. The Slater apple didn’t fall back from the tree. Not a bad word ever from teammate or fow and one of the greatest special teams players of all time. You can tell how much the coach appreciates him too.

  5. vancouversportsbro says:
    August 18, 2019 at 9:06 am
    The head special teams cheat has spoken.

    He’s always halfway down the field before the ball gets there. Get a life bruh
    Hes way more than halfway, usually he’s right there when the ball arrives. And thats not cheating to do that, its his job.

  6. For someone to belittle & dump on His achievements as a special teams ace just shows you how much anything & everything Patriots just DOMINATES all rational thought when it comes any form of perspective on ones accomplishments

  7. Must be those Jets execs running NFL that got him reinstated. I mean, he was off for over a year as a Brown now he gets a game or two off and give him a locker next to Dracula. This closes the argument that the NFL hates the Patriots. They are great for the league just like the Lannisters were for GOT. They’re fall will be epic, and necessary.

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