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Tom Brady has done his part to 'foster' Josh Gordon

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Tom Brady has done his part to 'foster' Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon's ongoing personal issues haven't kept Tom Brady from staying close with his wide receiver.

The Patriots quarterback showed that on Wednesday, when he posted a video to Instagram of him and Gordon getting a workout in together. But it turns out their relationship extends beyond just football.

According to Jeff Darlington of ESPN, Brady did his part in "fostering" Gordon when the troubled receiver joined the Patriots last year, even inviting him to family dinners.

“He recognized that Josh Gordon made the team better and recognized that he was going to need some attention,” Darlington said. “Josh Gordon was going out to dinner with Tom Brady and Gisele [Bundchen] at times because Tom recognized that he needs to bring this guy in, foster him, make him feel like he is at home, recognizing some of the issues that Josh Gordon goes through.

“While that is, in part, a guy just trying to get better, it’s also Tom Brady being a really good person, continuing to try to help out and manifest Josh Gordon. . . .Tom Brady, to this day, really respects Josh Gordon and would love to see him live a better life.”

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NFL hasn't issued an update on Gordon's possible reinstatement. The 28-year-old signed his restricted free agent tender in April, so if and when he does return, he'll be playing as a Patriot.

It's unclear when that'll be, but you can bet Brady will be keeping the gifted wideout in shape in the meantime.

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Tom Brady details how ex-players on coaching staff give Patriots a 'great advantage'

Tom Brady details how ex-players on coaching staff give Patriots a 'great advantage'

Tom Brady won Super Bowls with Troy Brown and Jerod Mayo as teammates. Now, they're technically his bosses, with Mayo serving as the New England Patriots' inside linebackers coach and Brown working as a coaching assistant.

This unique situation is a reminder of Brady's amazing longevity. But beyond that, Brady believes having Mayo and Brown on staff actually gives the Patriots a leg up over other NFL teams.

"They were great players and great leaders, and for them to transition and then pass on their knowledge in a different way is a great advantage to the guys on our team," Brady said Tuesday morning in an interview on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

Here's the key component: Brown and Mayo both played under the same system that head coach Bill Belichick operates today, meaning they are uniquely prepared to help younger players -- like rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- get caught up to speed.

"A lot of teams don't get that type of experience, because there's so much turnover and carryover," Brady said. "You don't see a lot of former players back there in the same offense, coaching the same things that they were coached (on). So, I think there's a huge benefit.

"Those guys are great assets to the team because they can hear what's being coached, they can see what a player is doing and they can give the players different insights. They can apply that on the field in real time to make the right decision and make the right play.

" ... If your coaches can help you get to those decisions quicker and you can make the decisions right more often than wrong, it's a huge benefit to the team, and I think those guys have done a great job doing that."

Belichick is the NFL's longest-tenured coach by six years. That stability has been crucial to New England's success over the last two decades, while also allowing former players like Brown and Mayo -- who won a combined four Super Bowls with the Patriots -- to pass along valuable insights that are still relevant to the 2019 squad.

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Tom Brady 'excited' for Josh Gordon's return, but managing expectations

Tom Brady 'excited' for Josh Gordon's return, but managing expectations

Few people should be happier about Josh Gordon's return than Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots quarterback indeed is glad to have another weapon in his arsenal.

During an interview Tuesday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," Brady said he found at the same as everyone else (Friday night) that Gordon had been reinstated from his indefinite suspension.

"That's kind of the way it works in the NFL," Brady said. "There’s not a lot of information that comes out."

"Obviously everyone is excited to have him back, and we’ll just take it day-to-day."

Like head coach Bill Belichick, though, Brady declined to fuel the Gordon hype train any further. When asked about a June report that Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, had taken Gordon out to dinner, the veteran quarterback instead spoke broadly about the rapport he has with all of his pass-catchers.

"In general, I have had a great relationship with a lot of the guys -- almost every single guy I have ever played with," Brady said. "Relationships are a two-way street. That's part of what makes a real healthy relationship. I have had a quarterback-receiver relationship, whether it's with Julian (Edelman), or Troy Brown, or Wes (Welker) or Randy (Moss).

"We talk a lot. We communicate a lot. You want to see everybody that you work with and play with be the best they can be, and you try and support and empower the best way that you can. It’s different for everybody. Everybody comes from different places and I always try and do the best I can do."

Gordon currently is on the non-football injury list and can't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. It's unclear when he'll return to action, so in the meantime, it appears Brady is being cautiously optimistic about his talented wideout.

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