Tom Brady asks Fans to Lower Expectations as Josh Gordon Joins Patriots

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One day after Josh Gordon was traded to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick, Tom Brady is asking fans to lower their expectations for the 27-year-old wide receiver.

“I hate to make projections and expectations,” Brady said on NFL’s Westwood One Monday night program. “I’ve never met Josh personally, just like I hadn’t met some of the guys that have come in the last couple weeks. So we’ll see how it goes this week and hopefully, he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team.”

While remaining optimistic, Josh could adapt to the New England fast, Brady noted it could take some time for him to develop chemistry with the former Browns player.

“Any time you get someone in the middle of the season, there’s obviously a lot of things that have happened that have got the team to a certain point that they weren’t part of,” Brady said of the mid-season tradeoff.  “So, you know, I’m not sure how many of those things matter but you’d like to try to get up to speed as quickly as possible and it’s really up to the individuals.”

With Brady yet to toss 300 yards this season, he will dearly want to get level with Gordon. Before that happens, the 27-year-old will add depth opposing teams must account for.