Patriots’ Bill Belichick reacts to Josh Gordon’s release
The New England Patriots waived wide receiver Josh Gordon off of injured reserve Thursday, and head coach Bill Belichick was inevitably asked about that move.
But in typical Belichick fashion, he was in no mood to offer too many details into the Patriots’ decision to part ways with the wideout and was instead ready to look forward.
“That’s all in the past,” Belichick said per Doug Kyed of NESN. “We’re looking to Baltimore at this point. A lot of guys have been here in the past year and a half.”
Gordon played 17 games in total over two seasons for New England, racking up 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. However, he was not as productive as they would’ve liked this season. In six games, he had just 20 catches for 287 yards and one score.
While Belichick was not willing to divulge details on their decision to release Gordon, a recent report suggested that Gordon’s less than ideal work ethic was a concern, and that may have played a part in the Patriots deciding to move on from him.
Regardless of their reasons, Belichick and the Patriots should be able to cope with Gordon’s departure reasonably well. They still have the likes of Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, and newly acquired Mohamed Sanu as their primary wide receivers, with running backs James White and Rex Burkhead also capable of contributing to the receiving game.
First-round pick N’Keal Harry is also back at practice and could make his return in Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens to provide Tom Brady with an additional receiving weapon.