While there's uncertainty about just how Gordon will fit into New England's strict culture, it is a gamble the Patriots appear willing to take.
Brady had his first practice with Gordon on Wednesday. "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". But no reaction will draw more attention than the one from Gordon himself. "For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported him and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward", Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement on Saturday. "If it's a flip of the coin and 50-50, sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong, I mean nobody can really depend on that". You want to know that the guys you're lining up next to that they got it.More news: Why Prince Harry gets nervous around the Queen
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Even though they were already favorites to win the AFC this season, the addition of Gordon should only help solidify the Patriots as the top team in the Conference. "But if you're anxious about this guy or that guy or this or that, you know, it just takes away from what your focus needs to be as an individual".
Interestingly, the team apparently wasted no time making it known that Gordon will also take the field with the Patriots in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions in a primetime game. Gordon's locker, meanwhile, was placed between Tom Brady and Cordarrelle Patterson.
"I'm not a counselor or nothing", Hightower said of supporting Gordon. On Sundays, the Patriots hope he'll be terrorizing their opponents.