FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There are two layers into the headlines headlines New England Patriots huge receiver Josh Gordon is stepping away from football to focus on his psychological wellbeing, as he is confronting a possible suspension for breaking the terms of the conditional reinstatement under the NFL’s medication policy.
The first could be your personal side and viewing it through the suitable lens. Given Gordon’s past struggles with substance abuse, his health comes first, that ESPN analyst Louis Riddick recorded in a tweet:
If u have any experience w/loved the one which combats w/mental health/addiction, un understand just how difficult it might be to control & conquer. My heart breaks for Josh Gordon to some basic human level. The hell w/football. I am speaking about the man.
Then, not as essential in the big picture, the Patriots still have a soccer match to prepare for Sunday from the visiting Buffalo Bills. This is likely portion of the message which coach Bill Belichick is likely to undoubtedly be reverted into players.
Along those lines, the inquiry is how the Patriots move forwards without Gordon.
They’ve lost a player who’d solidified a No. 2 role along side Julian Edelman, that may induce a reshuffling of their attack. Specific to recipient, more is going to be expected of Chris Hogan (29 captures, 69 percent playing time), Phillip Dorsett (27 catches, 3-4 percent playing time) and Cordarrelle Patterson (20 captures, 21 percent playing period ) — the next, fifth and fourth alternatives.
Thus instead of a two-receiver parcel of Gordon and Edelman, together with Gordon’s field-stretching ability a key threat, the team will likely mix and match between Hogan, Dorsett along with Patterson because package.
However, as is the case when the Patriots have lost an integral player in past seasonsthey also look beyond the particular position when filling the void.
They are heavy at running back, and this has the potential to spark more plays two backs on the area, tapping on the pass-catching skills of James White along with Rex Burkhead. They combine rookie Sony Michel to form a sound three-pronged attack at the positioning.
Full back James Develin, who has played 3 4 percent of those snaps in 2013, will be a large part of their plans in more traditional two-back sets.
Meanwhile, the Patriots may also lean more two-tight end packages when they have been running in recent weeks. They’ve limited production from the passing game, but with seven slips between them this year.
Gordon leads the Patriots with 12 receptions of at least 20 yards this year, although perhaps not debuting with the group until Morning 4, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He’s tied with Mike Evans for the second-most yards per capture of almost any player in the NFL at 18.
For the offense still looking for its identity only at that late point in the season, losing Gordon creates a domino effect felt during the roster.