Many are wondering if the talented wide receiver will see the field against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday. But Belichick isn’t giving any details on the matter.
“We’ll see,” he told reporters.
The long-time Patriots coach did offer some tidbits on how Gordon is fitting into the organization.
“Josh is working hard on and off the field,” said Belichick. “He’s done everything he can do.”
Gordon Is Dealing with a Hamstring Injury
Gordon tweaked his hamstring in Week 2 while he was still with the Cleveland Browns. We’re now two weeks past that incident, but he still hasn’t seen the field. This has caused people to wonder about his health.
It’s very likely that Gordon has a minor injury and will see the field sooner than later. The larger issue may be how quickly he picks up New England’s complicated offensive scheme.
The Browns moved Gordon to the Patriots after he was reportedly “not himself” at the team facilities. The 27-year-old has struggled with alcoholism and drug use during his six-year career.
New England was willing to take a risk on Gordon for the low price of a fifth-round draft pick. Now, they just need him to get healthy and pick up the playbook.
Gordon would Provide a Huge Boost Against Miami
It’s hard to say that the Patriots are facing a must-win game against Miami. However, they would definitely welcome a victory after starting the season 1-2. The Dolphins, meanwhile, have had a surprising 3-0 start and lead the AFC East.
A victory would pull the Patriots within one game of their division rivals. A loss would drop them to 1-3 and put them three games behind Miami.
The entire reason why they traded for Gordon is because their offense needs more explosion. They traded receiver Brandin Cooks to the Rams in the offseason and let running back Dion Lewis go in free agency. These two players were their main home-run threats last year.
Gordon, who’s 6’3″ and runs a 4.4 forty, is an excellent deep threat who can stretch the field. He would give Miami’s secondary fits if he’s able to go at full speed. And with Tom Brady’s accuracy, Gordon could definitely have some opportunities to score.
Of course, the big question is if Gordon’s hamstring has recovered enough. Furthermore, he might not play as many snaps if he doesn’t fully grasp the playbook yet.
Miami vs. New England Odds
The Dolphins may be undefeated, but the Patriots are getting all the love at GTBets. New England is currently a -6.5 favorite, which is huge considering that they’re two games behind Miami right now.
Here’s a look at the full GTBets odds:
- Miami Dolphins +6.5 (-108); +235 moneyline; Over 48 (-109)
- New England Patriots -6.5 (-109); -286 moneyline; Under 48 (-109)
The Patriots know that they need a victory to keep pace in the AFC East. Plus, this game will be in Foxborough, which only adds credence to the thought that New England will win.
Of course, -6.5 is a large spread to cover for a team that’s struggled the past couple of weeks. Gordon playing with certainly improve New England’s chance of winning by a touchdown or more.