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Cassel: Patriots weren't getting what they wanted out of Josh Gordon

Cassel: Patriots weren't getting what they wanted out of Josh Gordon

The New England Patriots decided to move on from Josh Gordon on Wednesday. In a surprising move, the team elected to put Gordon on IR and will waive him when healthy. His brief tenure with the Patriots lasted parts of two seasons and he played 17 games total with the squad.

On the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel gave his take on why the Patriots moved on from Gordon. And in short, Cassel thinks it was because Gordon lacked consistency during his time with the Patriots.

There was a few plays and flashes here and there, but there just wasn't that consistency. And it just seemed like every time that Tom and he were trying to hook up or do that stuff there wasn't that rhythm that you get into with a receiver, especially as you got deeper into the season. You wanted to see more maturation in terms of that relationship and it just didn't seem like it was ever coming to fruition. So at the same time, I think that it was a decision where they were looking at the entire workload and what they were getting out of it and I don't think -- they weren't seeing what they really wanted to get out of Josh.

In his 17 games with the Patriots, Gordon totaled 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. But in 2019, Gordon was only averaging 3.3 catches for 47.8 yards in six games. He simply wasn't producing enough, and that led the Patriots to part with him.

For more of Cassel's opinion on Josh Gordon and why Cassel doesn't think Tom Brady is letting his pending free agency distract him, listen to the Patriots Talk Podcast in full.

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Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

You wouldn't seek out a military general for tips on NFL roster building, but Donald Trump apparently believes there's some transferrable wisdom between the battlefield and gridiron.

During an interview Tuesday on The Hugh Hewitt Show, President Trump was asked whether he believes Bill Belichick has a better chance of winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots this year than Tom Brady does with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trump responded with a diplomatic answer -- that included some eye-opening praise for Belichick.

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"I think they’re both going to do great. They’re both friends of mine," Trump told Hewitt. "I’ll tell you, Belichick is an incredible coach, and I think he’s going to do really well. This guy just knows how to win. And he’s a very good friend of mine. He’s a winner.

"You know, if I ever had a military battle, I’d call up Belichick and say, 'What do you think? ... Give me a couple of ideas.' And he'd be as good as any general out there."

Belichick is a master strategist who relies on knowledge, adaptability and thorough preparation to put the Patriots in the best position to succeed. Those are all qualities of a successful military general, and perhaps Belichick could have been one in another life.

Alas, Belichick is a football coach with zero military credentials (aside from his father coaching at Navy), so we're not sure he's the best person to call about battle strategy.

Trump has touted his friendship with Belichick and Brady over the years, reading a letter of support from the Patriots coach on the eve of his election in 2016 and bringing up the former Patriots quarterback in various public appearances.

The President clearly still enjoys referencing both Patriots icons, even if his understanding of Belichick's talents is a bit off.

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

When the GOAT speaks, you listen, especially when you're a rookie in your first NFL training camp.

That's what Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown did when he crossed paths with then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Tennessee's joint practices with New England last summer.

According to Brown, the 43-year-old quarterback imparted some valuable wisdom on the second-round draft pick -- the best advice Brown has received as a pro -- at one of those practices.

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"He told me: Work on the things you know you need improvement on, so you won't have no weakness," Brown said Monday in a video conference with reporters, via Titans.com.

"Everybody works hard, but everybody knows what their weakness is. Work on your weakness so you have no weakness."

That's sound advice from Brady, whose relentless drive to eliminate his own weaknesses helped him win six Super Bowl titles with the Patriots over 20 seasons before leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.

It appears Brown took Brady's advice to heart, too: The 23-year-old has been working to improve his conditioning after noticing on film that he looked fatigued during the fourth quarter of games as a rookie, which he believes may have given away some of his routes.

"(I have to) make sure my pad level is the same all the way through the whole route," Brown said. "Just not putting on your turn signal before you turn."

Brown was the only rookie wide receiver to top 1,000 receiving yards last season -- 1,051 yards on 52 catches with eight touchdowns -- so the Ole Miss product could become an elite NFL wideout if he takes another step forward in 2020.

Brady has helped plenty of Patriots wideouts over the years, but he's also been a font of wisdom for other budding NFL stars -- and you can add Brown to that list.

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