Bill Belichick finally spoke about Josh Gordon on Friday during a Patriots press conference.
“Since the last time we met, we’ve officially added Josh [Gordon] and Cyrus [Jones] to the roster,” Belichick said. “So it’s good to get them here. I’d say really in both cases those two guys have done about as much as they can do in the few days they’ve been here, or been back in Cyrus’s case. We’ll see how it goes, but I think Josh is a smart kid, he’s worked hard, he’s picked up a lot.”
Belichick, who declined to speak about Gordon on Tuesday and Wednesday because he said the trade was not official, didn’t want to speak about the circumstances that led to Gordon becoming a Patriot.
“We’re focused on the players that are on our team, and getting ready for the games that we play. That’s where our focus is. So from time to time, other things surface and we look at those in a timely fashion,” he said.
The Patriots coach refused to comment on how the team would help Gordon with his ongoing treatment for substance abuse.
“I wouldn’t talk about another player’s personal or injury situations, so I’m not going to do that,” he said.
Gordon is regarded as one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. Belichick, however, was unmoved about a question regarding the potential payoff of acquiring him for only a fifth-round draft pick.
“I mean look, all players in this league are talented players, or they wouldn’t be in this league. We’ll see,” Belichick said.
And on the issue of whether or not Gordon still has the same ability he possessed from his best season in 2013, Belichick echoed a familiar line.