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Belichick's mantra on Josh Gordon: 'We'll see'

Belichick's mantra on Josh Gordon: 'We'll see'

FOXBORO - Bill Belichick was reticent to speak about Josh Gordon all week long.

When he finally did entertain the topic Friday morning after two days of Gordon practicing with his team, Belichick’s overarching theme was, “We’ll see.”

Belichick said that Gordon and newly re-signed defensive back Cyrus Jones have “done as much as they can do in the few days they’ve been here, we’ll see how it goes.”

Belichick did add that Gordon is a “smart kid, he’s picked up a lot.”

Belichick steered clear of speaking about Gordon’s checkered past with the Browns that led to him playing just 11 games since his breakout 2013 season.

“I’m not going to speak about a player’s personal situation,” he said.

As for the brilliance of Gordon when he does play, Belichick wasn’t going to fuel that storyline.

“All players in this league are talented players or they wouldn’t be in this league,” Belichick scoffed. “We’ll see.”
 

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Is Antonio Brown still angling for Patriots return despite Tom Brady's exit?

Is Antonio Brown still angling for Patriots return despite Tom Brady's exit?

Wherever Tom Brady goes, Antonio Brown will try to follow. That was the expectation, anyway.

But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly aren't interested in signing the free agent wide receiver, who is under NFL investigation for multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct and has yet to be cleared to play in 2020.

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So, might Brown try to return to the team he last played for instead? The wideout raised a few eyebrows Wednesday by posting an Instagram photo of himself in a New England Patriots uniform with an alarm emoji as the caption.

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Either Brown is in a nostalgic mood, or he's sending a signal to the Patriots that he wants to return to New England.

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden replied to Brown's post with three 😤 (snorting) emojis, so perhaps he wouldn't mind this development.

While Brady is long gone, Brown may be intrigued by teaming up with new Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, who's aiming to return to Pro Bowl form in 2020 after an injury-shortened 2019 season.

Brown's post also could be another attempt to keep his name in the NFL conversation, as the 31-year-old has done throughout the offseason by posting workout videos and photos and film clips of his past accomplishments.

It seems unlikely the Patriots would re-sign Brown considering he lasted less than two weeks with the team last September, but we suppose you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.

Randy Moss claims he'd catch this many TDs in his prime with Patrick Mahomes

Randy Moss claims he'd catch this many TDs in his prime with Patrick Mahomes

Randy Moss and Tom Brady were a record-setting connection for the New England Patriots during the 2007 season. But would Moss in his prime catch more touchdown passes from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes than the 23 he hauled in from Brady in that nearly perfect campaign?

Moss thinks so.

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The Hall of Fame wide receiver recently was asked how many receiving touchdowns he'd score in one season if Mahomes was his quarterback. You might be surprised by his answer.

“In my prime with Patrick Mahomes, being able to buy time? I’m saying 30,” Moss said on ESPN morning show "Get Up!" earlier this week. “I’m saying 30 touchdowns to set the mark and really set it at a high level, and I’m not joking by saying that."

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Moss in his prime with a quarterback as talented as Mahomes would've been amazing to watch, but let's not forget about what him and Brady accomplished in 2007. 

Brady set a single-season record with 50 touchdown passes, while Moss broke San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice's receiving TD record with 23 scores. Brady and Moss each needed two TDs apiece entering the regular season finale versus the New York Giants, and a late deep pass down the right sideline for Moss ultimately sealed the records for both players.

Mahomes is one of three players, along with Brady and Peyton Manning, to throw 50 or more touchdown passes in one season. Manning holds the record with 55 set in 2013. The Chiefs quarterback tossed 50 scores in 2018 and was named league MVP. He does a pretty good job spreading his touchdowns around to several different players. Tyreek Hill was Kansas City's leader in receiving touchdowns with 12 in 2018. Tight end Travis Kelce (10 TDs) was the only other player with more than seven. 

Chiefs fans should see plenty more touchdowns from Mahomes after the reigning Super Bowl MVP reportedly agreed to a 10-year contract extension that is the richest in pro sports history.