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Patriots WR Josh Gordon credits Tom Brady for helping him succeed in New England

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New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon credits his connection with quarterback Tom Brady as a major factor in helping with his success in New England.

“It’s good to be able to be in such close proximity to learn from him. I look up to the guy,” Gordon said per Mike Reiss of ESPN. “He’s done everything right, so I just enjoy the time being around him.”

The Patriots placed Gordon’s locker directly next to Brady’s when he was acquired from the Cleveland Browns in mid-September. Brady also credited that move for how he and Gordon quickly built a nice rapport.

Gordon added that the widespread leadership in the Patriots locker room, of which Brady is also a major part, has helped him “follow suit” since he has been in New England.

“I came in with the idea he was a hard-working guy, and he’s done nothing but shown that continuously and consistently,” Gordon said as he donned a red cap with a lightning bolt on it. “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.”

Gordon has played in nine games with the Patriots (all starts) and has totaled 35 receptions for 605 (second on the team) yards with three touchdowns. That’s a strong return from the former All-Pro, who had played in just 10 games in the past four years due to league suspensions for multiple substance abuse violations.

Apart from Brady’s influence, also credits his improved conditioning for his success and praised the Patriots’ staff for helping him recover from a hamstring injury he was suffering from when he arrived.