FOXBORO, Mass. -- Josh Gordon made his preseason debut for the New England Patriots on Thursday night, his first game action with the team since he was suspended indefinitely in December.
Gordon, who was reinstated by the NFL earlier this month, started the Patriots' preseason finale against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. He was targeted three times by rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham on the opening drive, including a catch along the right sideline. He finished with two receptions for 30 yards on six targets.
Stidham's first completion goes to Gordon along the right sideline. Gordon shows why he'll be able to contribute right away. Big, strong target. Hard to tackle. Broke through first contact for extra yardage.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) August 29, 2019
Gordon wasn't the only veteran wide receiver making his preseason debut for the Patriots.
Julian Edelman also made his first start of the summer and hauled in a reception on the first drive. He lost the ball at the end of the play (after the whistle) and looked down at his left thumb.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP missed most of training camp and the first three preseason games recovering from a broken left thumb.
Patriots head trainer Jim Whalen is checking out Edelman's left thumb.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 29, 2019
Demaryius Thomas got his first taste of preseason action, too. The 31-year-old wideout signed with the Patriots in the offseason and recently returned to practice following his recovery from an Achilles tear suffered in December. Thomas hauled in seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets.
Demaryius Thomas looks OK scooting across the middle of the field for a catch on second down. His first of the summer.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) August 29, 2019
Gordon and Thomas played most of the first half, while Edelman left and didn't return after his lone reception.
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