Till his coaches be taught whether or not or not Josh Gordon can produce in consecutive video games for New England, the most recent Patriots wideout might be used like a Mad Libs template.
There might be scores of speaking heads giving X, Y and Z purpose why the Gordon commerce was sensible for each the troubled participant and New England’s offense.
And the takes will run the gamut from well-reasoned to head-scratching.
On Thursday, Boston sports activities followers have been handled to each ends of that spectrum.
Peter King says Josh Gordon will not be ‘worthy’ of Patriots
Talking to WEEI radio in Massachusetts, NBC Sports activities’ Peter King provided up a somewhat indefensible argument of why Gordon shouldn’t be in New England — not as a result of he isn’t gifted sufficient to affix Tom Brady’s huddle or that he gained’t be capable to be taught the playbook — however as a result of Gordon’s troubled previous disqualifies him.
Peter King on @DaleKeefeWEEI: “The Patriots are a proud franchise, and I understand what I’m saying is just a little little bit of idealistic crapola, however the Patriots shouldn’t be in enterprise with Josh Gordon. He’s not worthy of this franchise.”
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) September 20, 2018
To be clear, Josh Gordon has a historical past of substance abuse and well-documented efforts of rehabilitation as properly. This can be a man who hasn’t been gifted a second probability. He’s needed to struggle dependancy to earn it. He nonetheless fights it.
The Patriots, alternatively, employed Aaron Hernandez regardless of experiences that his school coaches advised groups to not draft him. That is additionally the identical franchise that was wrapped up in Spygate and Deflategate scandals. All of that is to say nothing of New England at present using extensive receiver Julian Edelman, who’s at present suspended for violating the league’s substance coverage for performance-enhancing medication.
There isn’t a NFL crew that’s holier than thou. Solely NFL groups who need to win and can check out as many gifted gamers because it takes to take action. King’s argument has no advantage on nearly any degree. Expertise is what separates those that are worthy of being on an NFL roster from those that aren’t.
Nobody is doubting Gordon’s expertise.
Ex-teammate believes New England will assist Gordon keep on observe
On the opposite facet of the spectrum, there are arguments just like the one made by former Cleveland Browns wideout Andrew Hawkins.
Hawkins performed with Gordon in Cleveland for 3 seasons earlier than spending an offseason with the Patriots previous to his retirement. Hawkins’ brother, Artrell, was additionally a member of the New England protection for 2 seasons below head coach Invoice Belichick.
Talking to the Boston Globe, Andrew Hawkins talked about that the extraordinary concentrate on soccer and the crew mantra of “Do your job” can assist Gordon way over taking part in in Cleveland may.
“It’s a tradition the place you are available in early and go away late,” Hawkins advised the Globe. “It’s a tradition the place you get within the playbook, and it’s, ‘All of us have a job to do.’
“I feel Josh lots of instances is an individual who’s a product of his surroundings and placing him in an surroundings like New England, the place it’s ball on a regular basis, I feel that could possibly be a very good scenario for him.”
There’s additionally the notion that this could possibly be a remaining probability for Gordon within the NFL. However the one factor Hawkins wouldn’t do is say that Gordon wasn’t gifted sufficient or sensible sufficient to play in New England.
Quite the opposite, Hawkins stated Gordon makes the Patriots immediately higher. And as for his time in New England being totally different than his stint with the Browns, there have been no definitive solutions apart from a fast actuality examine.
“I don’t know if this time goes to be totally different,” Hawkins stated. “I don’t assume anyone is aware of. The folks that have been serving to him now weren’t those serving to him two years in the past in Cleveland.”