But Gordon, who was not available to the media on Wednesday, has played just 11 games over the last five seasons while he struggled with substance-abuse issues that landed him on an indefinite suspension for nearly three seasons. The Patriots were the last opponent in that four-game stretch, getting roasted by the player who would end up leading the National Football League in receiving yards that year.
An hour later Gordon took the practice field wearing the No. 10 jersey once occupied by former Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was traded to San Francisco last season.
Josh Gordon was limited on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
For the Patriots, taking the chance on Gordon makes a lot of sense for them.
The safety capitalized on what might have been the biggest play of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, sending off a 66-yard touchdown pass on a fake punt to rookie safety Dane Cruikshank. "I've never met Josh personally, just like I hadn't met some of the guys that have come in the last couple weeks".
"I think it's just more about him getting comfortable. That's not fair", Brady said Monday night, via NFL.com.More news: 'Hard to imagine' Brett Kavanaugh attacked Christine Blasey Ford
"He's a really good player and it's good to have him here", Gronkowski said in a welcoming tone. "But, what I've seen before, he's a great player and just definitely glad to have him here".
"These meetings and the playbook - I think that's all that he's going to have his hands full, just like anybody coming in", Hightower said.
As he does that - with his Gillette Stadium locker directly next to Tom Brady's - All-Pro Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowksi had some pretty simple advice for his new teammate.
Gordon's status will be one to watch throughout the week.
"If and when it happens, I'm happy to talk about it", Belichick said in his Wednesday press conference.