Josh Gordon did not blame his finger injury for a spotty performance against the Tennessee Titans. The Patriots wide receiver reeled in four of the 12 passes Tom Brady threw his way on Sunday.
“My hand’s fine,” Gordon told reporters after New England’s 34-10 defeat. “Physically, I feel good. Blessed to walk away with it unharmed, so thankful for that.”
Gordon picked up 44 of his 81 total yards in one fell swoop. Facing third and 13 from his own 22-yard line in the first quarter, Tom Brady lofted a deep ball over the top of the Titans secondary. Gordon, known for his ability to stretch the field, caught the pass as Tennessee linebacker Wesley Woodyard closed in.
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The play was one of the few times Brady had time in the pocket against the Titans defensive front. He was sacked three times and hit on three other occasions en route to a 51 completion percentage.
Gordon noted the Patriots offense “did seem a little rusty for sure.”
“It’s tough for me to give a good perspective because I’m not looking back and seeing the defensive line, but I think that’s partially due to the reason, due to the fact that I felt a little rush out there,” he added.
The wideout, who now has two touchdowns and 477 yards as a Patriot, said the team knew Nashville would prove a test.
“It was a grinder, for sure. We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game. We just came out a little slow and couldn’t get out footing, so, as you can see, the result of it.”