Following Friday’s reinstatement for New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon, the team released a statement from head coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick said: “For the past eight months, Josh’s situation has been entirely a league matter. When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team.”
Though the head coach has one of his greatest threats back on the field, he sticks to his Belichickian ways. No guarantees of starting, a significant role, or anything similar to that, just evaluating Gordon’s situation and doing what is best for the team.
Belichick’s official statement is a bit less rosy than the one from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in which he said:
“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally. Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”
While Belichick remains in his same old ways, he should be excited to have his receiver back in-fold. In an offseason in which the team brought in N’Keal Harry, Demaryius Thomas, Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman, and Jakobi Meyers to surround Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, the addition of Gordon sits near the top of the totem pole in effect on the team.
Gordon didn’t have a 2013-esque season with the Patriots in 2018, but he quickly became a focal point to their offense, specifically as an X-receiver. In his 11 games as a Patriot, Gordon tallied 40 receptions for 720 yards and three scores on 18 yards per catch.