Ok so you’re a football fan who’s thinking, Hey Tom Brady’s 41, he’s lost Gronk Edelman is hurt and Brady has bunch of no names for targets. This is our best chance to finally get Brady out of the Superbowl and maybe even out of an AFC Championship game.
And then you hear this…
Josh Gordon’s wait is over.
The NFL announced Friday evening that the wide receiver’s filing for reinstatement has been granted on a conditional basis.
Gordon, who had been suspended indefinitely last December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the substance-abuse policy, may rejoin the New England Patriots for meetings, conditioning work and individual workouts effective Sunday.
“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement released by the league. “Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”
Now it’s true that Gordon has a history of failing in terms of his personal demons and there is every possibility that like last year he will not last a whole season and be there for a playoff run.
But every game he DOES suit up for is a game where the Patriots have a legitimate “A” level deep threat and playmaker. Even worse from every other teams point of view this isn’t like getting a stranger that has to be acclimated. He has played with Brady and in this system. Baring injury he can make a contribution at once.
Every game Gordon plays will make it one game harder to knock of the Pats and if he somehow manages to make it through the whole season and into the playoffs, he will be deadly, particularly once Edelman is back. Who do you cover with your best guy?
A lot of primal screams are going out in AFC team locker rooms tonight.