September 18, 2018 / 5:28 PM / 3 months ago

QB Brady, Patriots preach patience with WR Gordon

Sep 9, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) catches the ball during warmups before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warned of placing great expectations on wide receiver Josh Gordon before he has time to settle in with New England.

The Patriots traded a conditional fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to acquire Gordon on Monday.

“You know, I hate to make projections and expectations. That’s not fair,” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One on Monday night. “I’ve never met Josh personally, just like I hadn’t met some of the guys that have come in the last couple weeks. So we’ll see how it goes this week and hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team.”

After missing training camp to enter a rehab facility at the University of Florida as a preventative measure, Gordon caught a touchdown in Week 1. But he ran out of chances with the Browns, who parted with the troubled wide receiver following multiple suspensions and repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Head coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday the team is exactly where it was the day before with regard to the pecking order at wide receiver. Gordon has not yet worked out with the team.

The Patriots traded Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams, and free agent Danny Amendola left for the Miami Dolphins in the offseason. The Patriots are still two games away from wide receiver Julian Edelman’s return from a four-game suspension.

Through two games, Brady is 18th in the NFL in passing, and the churn of the wide receiver depth chart has been constant. In adding Gordon, the Patriots released former first-round pick Corey Coleman.

“Any time you get someone in the middle of the season, there’s obviously a lot of things that have happened that have got the team to a certain point that they weren’t a part of,” Brady said. “So you know, I’m not sure how many of those things matter, but you’d like to try to get up to speed as quickly as possible and it’s really up to the individuals. ... You know all these things need to play themselves out. I’m not going to project anything. I’m just going to try to go be the positive, enthusiastic leader that I am and try to be a great quarterback and try to embrace whoever’s on the team. And we’ve all got to play a lot better than we played (at Jacksonville) and that’s really where our focus should be.”

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