The wide receiver Josh Gordon is starting to see as the player he was in 2013 when he got selected for the Pro Bowl game, and this is all thank to Tom Brady in the words of number 10 himself.
Since Gordon joined the New England Patriots by trade in mid-September, they decided to put his locker next to Tom Brady; the former Browns player believes that his career turnaround is largely due to his relationship and connection with the quarterback.
"It's good to be able to be in such close proximity to learn from him," Gordon said Thursday, via Mike Reis of ESPN. "I look up to the guy. He's done everything right, so I just enjoy the time being around him."
Despite having a slow start with his new team due to a hamstring injury, the 27-year-old has stacked up 34 receptions for 605 and three touchdowns in nine games with the Patriots – which are only two games less than what he played with the Browns in four years. His three scores are tied for the most by any New England wide receiver, and his yards rank second behind running back James White. Besides, he ranks fifth in the NFL at 17.8 yards per catch.
"I came in with the idea he was a hard-working guy, and he's done nothing but shown that continuously and consistently," Gordon added regarding Brady’s work ethic. "He's a family man, he loves his family, FaceTiming with his kids, which is something I can relate to with my family, my kids. He enjoys the game and everything that comes with it."
Before getting traded by the Browns for a fifth-round pick, Gordon only played ten games from 2014 to 2017 due to multiple league’s suspensions for violating the substance-abuse policy plus getting suspended by Cleveland after breaking the team rules.
With no injuries this season—besides the hamstring problem with which he arrived from Cleveland—and looking healthier than he had in years, Gordon’s physical condition has been another drastic change since landing in New England.
“It’s night and day,” Gordon said, via WEEI.com. “Huge difference. Coach [Moses] Cabrera and the strength staff have been amazing and patient with me, helped me out through my injuries. The training staff, as well, bring me along where I’m safe and mobile. I think I’m as good as I’ve been.”
Alongside football eminences such as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, it’s just a matter of time before we start seeing the Gordon of 2013 who was averaging 117.6 yards per game.