FOXBORO – Josh Gordon was back at the New England Patriots facility on Monday after being reinstated to the NFL on Friday.
During the open locker room availability, Gordon walked by the media still sporting No. 10. Bill Belichick made it very clear that the statement he released about the wide receiver being able to rejoin the team was all he was going to say about the matter.
However, Gordon’s teammates were much more vocal about how pleased they are to have the guy they call “Flash” back on the team.
“It was definitely good to see him,” Phillip Dorsett said. “We’re just welcoming him back. We love Josh. I love Josh. I’m just glad to have him back.”
Dorsett and Gordon were very close friends last season, but Dorsett admitted that he wasn’t able to keep in touch with him during the eight-month suspension, although he did try.
“He looks good. When you don’t see one of your brothers in a long time and then you see him, it’s definitely refreshing,” Dorsett said.
There’s no denying that the other players are happy to see Gordon return for two reasons: it’s a positive development for his personal and mental state, and he’s an enormous asset on offense.
Running back Rex Burkhead knows the Patriots are better with No. 10 on the roster.
“I have briefly been able to say hello to him. He’s a great player, a great guy and it’s a pleasure to see him around again,” Burkhead said. “Great addition for our team. Whatever the coaches ask of him, I’m sure he’ll be ready to do it. It’s just good seeing him around again.”
Gordon’s fellow wide receiver knows the impact that Flash had downfield last season and the chemistry he formed with Tom Brady to become one of his most trustworthy targets.
“Obviously he’s a physical specimen. We all know that,” Dorsett said. “From what he did last year, he helped the team out a lot. We’re definitely hoping he can come back and do the same.”
The Patriots placed Gordon on the non-football injury list on Sunday. He participated in the stretching portion of practice on Monday without any pads or jersey.