NFL to Conditionally Reinstate Patriots Wide Receiver Josh Gordon

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In what should qualify as a fairly positive Friday ‘news dump’, the NFL announced that they have reinstated Patriots wide receiver, Josh Gordon. Gordon missed the final two games of the regular season and New England’s Super Bowl run after he was suspended for violating terms of his previous reinstatement. He is eligible to return to the team on Sunday.

From a life perspective, just about everyone can and should be happy for Gordon who, presumably, is in a much better place than last December. From a football standpoint, no one outside of New England is going to be happy to see him back on the field.

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With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski in the offseason, the Patriots offense was in dire straits. Ok. Not really. But, they were certainly going to look a bit different. And, as the offseason has progressed, it’s become apparent that the Patriots appear deeper at the wide receiver position than most anticipated. Despite the losses. Now, they add their most talented receiver to the mix in what has the potential to be a very potent offense.

In 11 games with the Patriots after being acquired from the Browns, Gordon hauled in 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns. One of his three touchdown grabs was the 500th in quarterback Tom Brady’s career. He will rejoin teammates Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett as the only returning receivers from 2018.

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With the addition of Gordon to the lineup, an already interesting camp battle becomes even more intriguing. In addition to Gordon, Edelman, and Dorsett, the Patriots have Demaryius Thomas, first-round pick N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Braxton Berrios, Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman, among others on the current depth chart. Harry, Edelman, and Gordon are likely the only locks with Dorsett bordering on that designation. That gives the Patriots, at the most, two spots to fill among the remaining group. And, given the performance of guys such as Meyers, is going to make it a tough decision for Bill Belichick and the Patriots front office.

– Ian Glendon is the Editor-In-Chief of Full Press Coverage and the Managing Editor of FPC NHL. He covers the National Hockey League. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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