After winning reinstatement following yet another suspension, New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon can finally get back to doing what he does best. For the first time since he was reinstated by the NFL, Gordon was practicing with pads on.
While it's amazing to see that Gordon has straightened his life out and is ready to return to football, his return is even more important now that first round pick N'Keal Harry is questionable to play in Week 1 due to a litany of injuries. Gordon has been on the NFL's non-football injury list, but is presumably set to come off.
Acquired from Cleveland in attempt to add some athleticism, speed, and verticality to what at the time was a stagnating offense in New England, Gordon recorded 720 yards receiving on 40 catches with 3 touchdowns.
After wide receiver was a position of weakness of the last few years, Tom Brady will get to throw to Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Gordon, and Harry this season. Not too shabby.
The sincere hope is that Gordon has finally put his demons to rest, because he is as talented a vertical threat as they come and is ready to start wrecking havoc on the rest of the league like he was always supposed to.