Josh Gordon's physical abilities are without question.
He proved he could be an elite NFL wide receiver. Of course that was back in 2013.
Since then, he proved to the Browns that he couldn't be counted on.
Now, after Cleveland decided to move on from Gordon, the man who once had 200-plus receiving yards in back-to-back games is the latest addition to the Patriots work-in-progress wide receiver depth chart.
The Boston Globe says that adding Gordon is a desperate move for the Patriots, but one that's worth the risk. The Globe has its news story on the deal, calling it a no-brainer. The Globe has Tom Brady saying he hopes Gordon can put the team first in New England. The Globe details Gordon's past substance abuse issues and suspensions. The Globe looks at how former Patriots performed in Week 2. The Globe's NFL notes looks around the league through two weeks, including an "embarrassing" start for Bill O'Brien in Houston.
The Boston Herald declares the trade for Gordon "the right move." The Herald's weekly Patriots report card says the performance in Jacksonville was "well below grade." TheHerald rites that the Gordon trade has his new New England teammates "excited."
The Providence Journal wonders if time has caught up with the Patriots after Sunday's loss in Jacksonville. The ProJo says New England's defensive struggles against the Jags were amplified on third down.
ESPNBoston.com observes that there is limited risk in the Patriots acquiring Gordon. ESPNBoston.com traces the 25 transactions the Patriots have made at receiver since the start of training camp, the latest the Gordon addition. ESPNBoston.com looks at the question of whether the Patriots can rise to the challenge when tight end Rob Gronkowksi has an "off day."
WEEI.com writes that the Gordon trade is about how desperate the Patriots are at receiver after many mistakes were made at the position. WEEI.com says "hell yes" to the Gordon trade given New England's needs at the position. WEEI.com notes that Bill Belichick wouldn't discuss the Gordon trade during his weekly interview on the station Monday afternoon even though the deal had been made official by both teams. WEEI.com also has a complete timeline of Gordon's troubled past.
NBC Sports Boston says that Gordon can now either "make history or be history." NBC Sports Boston has Jason McCourty, Gordon's former Browns teammate, saying the best comparison for the receiver is Falcons star Julio Jones. NBC Sports Boston has Matthew Slater saying his plan for Gordon is "to be there for him." NBC Sports Boston's weekly report card has the Patriots failing to make the grade in Jacksonville. NBC Sports Boston has former Brown teammate Donte Whitner offering up nothing but praise for Gordon.
NFL.com passes along Brady saying it's not fair to heap expectations on the newcomer Gordon. NFL.com looks at whether the Gordon trade can be a win-win for both the receiver and his new team.
Boston.com has former Patriots defender Rob Ninkovich saying of the Gordon trade: "I think it just sends the wrong message."
NESN.com has its film review of the Patriots loss to Jacksonville.
The Concord Monitor says the Patriots have lots to fix on defense.
The Washington Post writes that Gordon could be the Patriots missing piece, or just passing through.
CBSSports.com looks at seven times the Patriots turned another team's castoff into a New England treasure.
The Patriots dropped to No. 8 in the USA Today NFL power rankings.
Cleveland.com looks at the Gordon trade from the Browns perspective.