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NFL rumors: Patriots WR Josh Gordon signs restricted free agent tender

NFL rumors: Patriots WR Josh Gordon signs restricted free agent tender

Josh Gordon's status for the 2019 NFL season is uncertain right now, but the talented wide receiver will begin the new campaign with the New England Patriots if eligible. 

ESPN's Field Yates reported Tuesday that Gordon has officially signed his restricted free agent tender.

Gordon was acquired by the Patriots last September in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

He tallied 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Patriots before being suspended by the NFL in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement.

It's possible Gordon is reinstated at some point in 2019, but the league has not yet made any official ruling on that. 

He posted the following photo on Instagram on Monday, along with a caption that included a crystal ball. The post was "liked" by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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The Patriots certainly could use Gordon next season, particularly after the offseason departures of wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan, as well as tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. With the Patriots thin at wide receiver and Gordon's status still up in the air, it wouldn't be surprising if they selected one (or maybe two) wideouts in the 2019 NFL Draft later this week.

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Wes Welker wasn't a fan of Tom Brady's hat choice on Thursday

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Wes Welker wasn't a fan of Tom Brady's hat choice on Thursday

Tom Brady got his first taste of preseason action on Thursday night vs. the Panthers, but the real story was his hat choice.

The Patriots quarterback made a statement with a hat that would make Cam Newton jealous:

Brady clearly thought he rocked the bold look, but his former teammate Wes Welker didn't approve. The ex-wide receiver chimed in on Twitter to remind his Kentucky Derby buddy that derby hats are for one-time use.

Although Welker wasn't a fan, maybe Brady should make the hat a season-long look. He looked nearly as sharp on the field as he did off of it going a solid 8-for-12 with 75 passing yards in his three series.

Look good, play good.

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Eric Reid anticipates a fine for late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson

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Eric Reid anticipates a fine for late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson

FOXBORO -- Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid says he wasn't trying to hurt Benjamin Watson when he delivered a late hit to the head of the New England Patriots tight end in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason matchup. Regardless of intent, the hit still knocked Watson out of the game.

"Just trying to stop him from getting a first down," Reid said of the play. "I looked at the replay. Yeah, he was down. We'll see what the league decides to do with it. I anticipate myself getting a fine. But I'm just playing the game."

Reid was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play but remained in the game. He also noted the hit wasn't intentional, and that his head coach, Ron Rivera, confirmed the hit was late.

"I talked to Ron, he told me it was late," Reid said. "I'll look at the film. If Ron said it was late, I believe him."

Reid appeared to say something to Watson after the play. It turns out he was asking the veteran tight end if he was all right.

"I just asked him if he was OK, if he could stand up," Reid explained. "You hate to see somebody get hurt."

Watson called out Reid on Twitter earlier this week, but the Panthers safety said his hit Thursday night had nothing to do with the tight end's critical tweet.

"I didn't even know he tweeted me," Reid said. "That's not even something you process in a game. I'm not analyzing who has the ball in their hand and what they tweeted at me while I'm playing the game."

Reid's hit has no place in the game, especially in the preseason. Thursday's incident also wasn't the first time he's crossed the line. Reid was ejected from a game last November for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the head area, and there are other instances where he went over the line in regards to late contact or hits to the head area.

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