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NFL to reinstate Patriots WR Josh Gordon

NFL to reinstate Patriots WR Josh Gordon

Oft-suspended Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is being reinstated by the NFL.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was first to report the news. NBC Sports Boston's  Phil Perry confirms the report.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that Gordon will join the Patriots on Sunday.

Gordon, 28, played 11 games with the Patriots last season after being acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns before he was suspended indefinitely by the league in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement after multiple NFL drug policy violations. Gordon missed all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to suspensions related to substance abuse. He was reinstated during the 2017 season.

Here's the official statement from the NFL, via the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

In his shortened tenure with the Pats, he had 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns. Tom Brady averaged 10.4 yards per pass attempt when targeting Gordon last season, his most for any teammate.

Earlier this summer, Gordon was seen catching passes in workouts with Brady.

The Patriots have been thin at receiver in training camp with Brady's favorite target, Julian Edelman, out with a broken thumb and now a recent injury to first-round pick N'Keal Harry. 

Gordon signed his restricted tender with the Patriots in April, ensuring that with this reinstatement, he'll return to the Patriots.

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Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft was a unique one for the New England Patriots, along with the rest of the league.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was held virtually and brought along an entirely new set of challenges for organizations. Fortunately, the draft went on without a hitch and was a major success.

Friday, the Patriots released a behind-the-scenes video of their virtual draft that is a fascinating watch for fans.

Watch below:


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We could have used more of Bill Belichick's dog Nike, who was the star of the draft, but still a cool video nonetheless. It just goes to show how much work is put in behind the scenes, and how great of a job each NFL organization did to make it as smooth as possible.

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that the Wilpon family has invested in since 1980.