Gor­don blends nat­u­rally with TB12

Boston Herald - - NHL SCOREBOARD - By KEVIN DUFFY Twit­ter: @Kev­inRDuffy

FOXBORO — Speak­ing yes­ter­day at his locker for the first time since he ar­rived on the Pa­tri­ots, Josh Gor­don de­tailed his “awe­some tran­si­tion” to his new team.

Gor­don, who leaped over dou­ble cov­er­age for a game-seal­ing 34-yard touch­down in Week 5 against the Colts, has seen his role ex­pand each week.

He’s been putting in the work be­hind the scenes with Tom Brady.

“Most of the day we end up talk­ing foot­ball, whether it be in the locker room here briefly or most of the meet­ing rooms or time af­ter prac­tice,” said Gor­don, whose locker neigh­bors Brady’s. “We carve out time and we make it hap­pen. We make sure that if there’s some­thing that might be a con­cern for him or me or he wants to know how I like to do some­thing or I want to know how he wants to do some­thing, I just ask and he’s open about it. He makes it eas­ier for me to com­mu­ni­cate with him. It makes it a real nat­u­ral type of re­la­tion­ship.”

Gor­don said the no­to­ri­ously com­plex Pa­tri­ots of­fense “hasn’t been too tough” so far.

“I think that’s greatly due in part to the amount of help I re­ceive from my team­mates here, def­i­nitely Tom, all the re­ceivers help bring­ing me along on a daily ba­sis, the coaches just giv­ing me all these re­sources,” Gor­don said. “And even part of it is hav­ing a cer­tain amount of ex­pe­ri­ence in the league al­ready and see­ing so many dif­fer­ent of­fenses and stuff. I think the lan­guage of it is some­what familiar. It hasn’t been too tough.”

Gor­don, who took the league by storm in 2013, cy­cled through five dif­fer­ent of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors in Cleve­land.

His sixth of­fense is with the Pa­tri­ots, un­der co­or­di­na­tor Josh McDaniels, and it’s loaded with tal­ent. As Ju­lian Edel­man sug­gested on Thurs­day, Gor­don could be­come a “big piece” of a rapidly im­prov­ing Pa­tri­ots at­tack. He pro­vides a big, phys­i­cal ver­ti­cal threat on the perime­ter.

Off the field, Gor­don feels as though he’s made a smooth ad­just­ment.

“Foxboro is a real nice town — nice and quiet and peace­ful,” Gor­don said. “Me and my girl­friend are mak­ing it home. My fam­ily’s here now. I con­sider it, the peo­ple in this com­mu­nity and around it, fam­ily that treats us nice any­where we go. It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

STAFF PHOTO BY NANCY LANE

CATCH­ING ON QUICKLY: Josh Gor­don has meshed well with Tom Brady in his brief time with the Pa­tri­ots.

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