Josh Gordon

Ex-Patriot Josh Gordon is in a league of his own after Seahawks debut

Ex-Patriot Josh Gordon is in a league of his own after Seahawks debut

To say Josh Gordon landed on his feet may be an understatement.

The New England Patriots released Gordon on Oct. 31 after his stint on injured reserve, and it was initially unclear if anyone would take a chance on the talented but troubled wide receiver.

But the Seahawks came calling the following day, and after watching their Week 9 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from afar, Gordon found himself on the field Monday night for Seattle's showdown with the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers.

Gordon wasn't just a decoy, either: After staying quiet for most of the night, the former Patriot caught a pair of slant passes from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter and overtime, both of which went for first downs.

The Seahawks won 27-24 to hand the Niners their first loss of the season. Which means...

The Patriots went 8-0 with Gordon on their roster before losing to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 3 -- three days after cutting ties with Gordon.

Seattle, meanwhile, is 2-0 since claiming Gordon, which means the 28-year-old is a 10-0 good luck charm this season.

(A clarifying note: Gordon is the only player on an NFL roster who is undefeated. Ex-Patriots wideout Antonio Brown is technically 1-0, for example, but he's unemployed at the moment.)

The Seahawks have a brutal stretch coming up -- at Philadelphia, vs. Minnesota, at Los Angeles Rams, at Carolina -- so Gordon's undefeated streak may be put to the test.

As for his former team: The Patriots now are tied with the Niners for the NFL's best record thanks in part to Gordon's efforts.

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Here's the first look at ex-Patriots WR Josh Gordon in Seahawks jersey

Here's the first look at ex-Patriots WR Josh Gordon in Seahawks jersey

The next chapter of Josh Gordon's career is underway.

The veteran wide receiver was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks last week after he was released by the New England Patriots. Gordon spent a little more than a season with the Patriots and played well, but staying healthy enough to be on the field wasn't always easy.

Gordon took the field with the Seahawks for the first time Thursday at practice. Here's a look at Gordon in Seattle colors:

Gordon tallied 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games for the Patriots this season.

His ability to serve as a deep threat and make tough contested catches in traffic should be a huge help to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is the betting favorite for NFL MVP with 22 touchdowns and only one interception entering Week 10.

Gordon could make his Seattle debut Monday night when the Seahawks battle the undefeated San Francisco 49ers in a matchup featuring the two-best teams in the NFC.

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Did Pete Carroll take a shot at the Patriots' strict culture?

Did Pete Carroll take a shot at the Patriots' strict culture?

It seems like yet another NFL team is taking shots at the New England Patriots. This time, it's the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll.

In a press conference on Monday evening, Carroll was asked about the differences he notices about players that have come over from the Patriots. According to Greg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, Carroll laughed at the question and offered this response.

This could just be an innocent comment, but it certainly seems to be a shot at the Patriots' strict culture under Bill Belichick. 

Carroll himself is one of the more relaxed head coaches in the NFL, and he has found success with that method. So, it would make sense that Carroll would take a little shot at Belichick since their management styles are polar opposites, especially given the success Carroll has found turning former Patriots into solid contributors.

The Seahawks have a pretty extensive history of taking a chance on former Patriots under Carroll's watch. The Seahawks have turned guys like cornerback Justin Coleman and tight end Jacob Hollister (who caught two touchdown passes for the team last week) into very good players.

Now, the Seahawks will try to work some of their magic with Josh Gordon. Seattle was the only team to put in a claim for the former Patriots receiver but Carroll obviously feels confident that Gordon will fit in with the Seahawks.

Carroll isn't the first member of the Seahawks organization to take a jab at Belichick and the Patriots. Cassius Marsh, who briefly played for the Patriots after being traded to them from the Seahawks in 2017, said that he didn't have fun while playing for the team.

It's safe to say that if the Patriots do meet the Seahawks this season -- the only chance for that to happen would be in the Super Bowl -- they will have some bulletin-board material.

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