Ever since Josh Gordon was traded from the Browns to the Patriots in September, one of the many points of interest has been whether or not the talented wide receiver would actually develop chemistry with Tom Brady and become a major factor in New England’s offense.
Active in his third straight game on Sunday, it appears that Gordon is on the right track so far. And his involvement is likely to grow over the coming weeks, according to Bill Belichick. As NESN’s Doug Kyed reported on Tuesday, Belichick gave a favorable progress report on Gordon since the trade.
“I think each week his role has increased in practice and as far as the number of different things that he feels comfortable and we comfortable with him doing,” Belichick noted. “I think it’ll continue to go that way. That may not necessarily correlate exactly to number of snaps. I mean we don’t sit there and count snaps during the game. I would just say that his role is expanding weekly and we’ll just see how it all plays out.”
In the three games that Gordon has been active for with the Patriots, New England has scored 38, 38, and 43 points, respectively (all wins). And while it’s clearly unreasonable to tie the Patriots’ point totals and trio of wins solely to Gordon’s involvement, his presence (nine catches, 124 yards and one touchdown) has helped Brady and the offense as a whole.
Belichick finished his press conference by answering a question about Brady and Gordon with a general assessment of the passing game.
“I think our passing game is improving. I don’t think it’s where it needs to be or is where we want it to be yet but its improving. Hopefully it’ll continue to improve.”