Josh Gordon remains a storyline with the Patriots as even though the wide out is still indefinitely suspended by the NFL, it was reported over the weekend he may have applied for reinstatement.
But, as much as many would like to have Gordon on the Patriots' roster this season to help a depleted wide receiving corps, it doesn't seem like the Patriots are counting on it.
“I think if I am a Patriots fan, or if I am the Patriots, I think the plan is to not have Josh Gordon, and if you do it is gravy," ESPN's Field Yates said Monday on Dale & Keefe. "I am not trying to sound grim for his outlook, but it’s a long, long road ahead. Obviously, Josh has worked really hard to get back on the [right path], but the NFL has collectively bargained the disciplinary calendar for matters involving substance abuse and I think for Josh Gordon he is climbing an uphill battle here.
"If the Patriots have him this season, I think they will be very grateful, but I don’t think they are sitting here saying to themselves, they are going to iterations of their 53-man roster, ‘Yeah, we’re definitely going to have Josh.’ I don’t think that’s their mindset as of this moment.”
In 11 games with the Patriots last season, Gordon finished with 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.
The current Patriots depth chart has Julian Edelman (NFI), Phillip Dorsett, N'Keal Harry, Demaryius Thomas (PUP), Cameron Meredith (PUP), Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman, Braxton Berrios, Jakobi Meyers, Ryan Davis, Damoun Patterson and Gunner Olszewski.