Josh Gordon Stepping Away...

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The 2018 Patriots Season took yet another turn downward Thursday.  Josh Gordon announced, via Twitter, that he would be stepping away from football for “mental health” reasons.  This development comes off of a lackluster performance by the Patriots offense, where Gordon was targeted only twice, with one reception,  for 19 yards. The news comes as a blow to a Patriots team that has been struggling to find their groove even this late into the season. 

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Gordon currently leads the team in receiving yards (720 yds on 40 receptions and 3 TDs) and had been gaining confidence in his role in the Patriots system week after week.  His ability to stretch the field and be a big target for Brady will certainly be missed this late into the season and going into the playoffs. 

Reports have circulated that his decision to step away from the game comes just before an impending indefinite suspension for "violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy," per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.  This suspension has now become official, raising further questions as to the circumstances.

The Patriots knew the risks when they acquired Gordon earlier this season.  Overall, it was a marginal success.  While Gordon was somewhat productive on the field, he was not the threat he had been in the past.  And at times it appeared Brady was so intent on getting him involved at the expense of other receivers, most notably Chris Hogan.

Wideouts Hogan, Cordarelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett will need to step up to fill the void for the 6’3” Gordon and be another big size option for Brady.  With only two games remaining this season against division rivals New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots will have to work quickly to adjust the offense yet again and be ready for the playoffs. 

Mental health issues and substance abuse are certainly serious, and the fortunes of a football team is insignificant when compared to a person's life and well-being.  Patriots fans should wish Gordon the best.

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