Do the Patriots Need Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas? | Countdown to Camp

    Sierra Goodwill and Evan Lazar talk about if they expect Thomas and Gordon to return and how badly the Patriots need them at wide receiver.

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    FOXBORO — Two major question marks currently for the New England Patriots are the returns of Demaryius Thomas and/or Josh Gordon.

    Thomas shined during his time with the Denver Broncos. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro and a Super Bowl 50 champion. However, the 31-year old has taken a few steps back from his prime in the past couple years.

    There’s a chance Thomas won’t be back in time to make the active roster and could find himself on the Injured Reserve or Physically Unable to Perform list. He tore his Achilles back in December and has yet to return to on-field drills.

    If the former Pro Bowler does make it on the field, Patriots fans shouldn’t expect the same guy that posted five straight 1,000 yard seasons, but there’s no doubt a player of his caliber would make a positive impact in some capacity.

    When it comes to Gordon, there’s even more uncertainty. It’s no secret he has struggled his entire NFL career with substance abuse. He hasn’t played a full season since his rookie year due to multiple suspensions.

    In December 2018, Gordon announced that he was stepping away from football and the Patriots to focus on his mental health. He now faces another indefinite suspension from the league for violating the terms of his reinstatement.

    However, for the 12 games No. 10 played last season, he shined. He had 41 receptions for 737 yards and four touchdowns and quickly became one of Brady’s favorite deep threats.

    While Gordon’s return is up in the air, he has remained close to the organization. He was seen at the Patriots’ ring celebration following their Super Bowl 53 win and he’s been working out with Brady in his private, backyard sessions.

    The NFL is in control of Gordon’s fate with New England, but Belichick and Brady would surely welcome him back with open arms.