Five years removed from one of the best seasons by any wide receiver in National Football League history, Gordon's raw skill alone is probably enough for the Patriots to get away with throwing him into play when they travel to Detroit this Sunday.
Belichick refused to talk about Gordon's off-field problems, but noted his new receiver was learning quickly.
Gordon has been limited in practice this week since the trade. He later referred to Gordon as a "smart kid" and said he has "picked up a lot" since coming to New England.
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers concerned about knee
McCarthy altered his usual practice schedule in advance of Sunday's game at Washington. "Take it week by week". The hope, of course, is that Aaron Rodgers' injured left knee improves as the season goes along.
Belichick did say that Gordon has done well picking up the offense in his few days in New England, complimenting the receiver for his ability to work at learning the offense.
"[He's] really been eager to get in there and learn everything we're doing", Brady said Friday. On Friday, he said matter of factly, as usual, "Since the last time we met, we officially added Josh and Cyrus (Jones, re-signed) to the roster, so it's good to get them here". Everybody's out there working hard, trying to practice, do what they need to do to understand the playbook, understand routes, understand how we do things.
Appearing on Freakonomics Radio's The Hidden Side of Sports, Garoppolo revealed that he still texts with the New England quarterback.
Though that's nothing a duo like Brady and Belichick can't fix.