When the New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns in mid-September, they put his locker directly next to quarterback Tom Brady's, and Gordon credits the connection between them as a key factor in helping him succeed.
"It's good to be able to be in such close proximity to learn from him. I look up to the guy," Gordon said Thursday. "He's done everything right, so I just enjoy the time being around him."
Gordon has played in nine games with the Patriots, starting all of them. He has totaled 34 receptions for 605 yards and three touchdowns, and now has a chance to be part of a division-winning team for the first time Sunday if the Patriots (9-3) beat the Miami Dolphins (6-6) in South Florida.
When the Patriots traded for Gordon in exchange for a fifth-round pick, there were questions as to how much they could rely on him based on his past struggles with substance abuse, which had led to multiple suspensions. He played in only 10 games from 2014 to 2017, a total he has already matched this season (one game in Cleveland, nine in New England).