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How Antonio Brown's departure could negatively affect Josh Gordon

How Antonio Brown's departure could negatively affect Josh Gordon

The New England Patriots were able to earn a big-time victory on Sunday afternoon against the New York Jets. They demolished their divisional rival 30-14 to improve to 3-0 after a trying week that saw them cut Antonio Brown just two weeks after agreeing to sign him.

Brown's simply had to go after he sent threatening text messages to a woman who had accused him of sexual assault. But still, his departure hurts the depth of the receiving corps, and one analyst thinks it could have a negative impact on Josh Gordon.

On NBC Sports Boston's Patriots Postgame Live, former Patriot Ted Johnson explained why he thought that Brown's presence was taking some pressure off Gordon and why there may be cause for concern with him in the wake of Brown's departure.

My feeling was that when they signed Antonio Brown to this team, that took pressure off of Josh Gordon... 

My feeling was that a guy who has a history of Josh Gordon -- he came in last year kind of as the savior for this offense when they traded for him. A lot of pressure on him being the focal point, forcing the ball to him. And we know how it ended up at the end of the year. He wasn't able to keep it together, so the Patriots lost him with two games left in the season.

You just wonder that now if AB is gone, if Edelman is hurt, now the pressure and the spotlight goes back on Josh Gordon. You just hope beyond hope that he's able to not let that pressure lead him down a bad road.

Of course, this is just speculation. But if those responsibilities do fall on Gordon, it could be a lot for him to handle. In the last few weeks, the team has lost Brown, Demaryius Thomas, and Julian Edelman exited Sunday's game with an injury though he is expected to be okay. Still, if Edelman misses any time, Gordon would have a lot of pressure on him.

We'll see what ends up happening in the Patriots' receiving corps, but this is just a friendly reminder that the group is no longer as deep as it once was. And has been the case throughout the season, there are few proven, reliable pieces that can be trusted long-term for the Pats.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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