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Tom Brady says he hopes Josh Gordon can work hard and put the team first

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was looking, but he didn’t find many open receivers on Sunday. Barry Chin/Globe staff

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Tom Brady wasn’t elusive on Sunday against the Jaguars, but he sidestepped a question about new wide receiver Josh Gordon Monday night during his interview with Westwood One’s Jim Gray.

Asked for his thoughts on Gordon, Brady said he has never met him.

“So we’ll see how it goes this week and hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team,’’ Brady said.

When asked about building chemistry with a receiver at this point in the season, Brady said, “Any time you get someone in the middle of the season, there’s obviously a lot of things that have happened that have got the team to a certain point that they weren’t a part of.


“So you know, I’m not sure how many of those things matter, but you’d like to try to get up to speed as quickly as possible and it’s really up to the individuals. You know all these things need to play themselves out. I’m not going to project anything. I’m just going to try to go be the positive, enthusiastic leader that I am and try to be a great quarterback and try to embrace whoever’s on the team. And we’ve all got to play a lot better than we played [Sunday] and that’s really where our focus should be.”

As for building trust with Gordon, Brady said, “I always think trust is whatever receiver is out there, you know, you tell them to run a certain route and they run it the way that you talked about it, the ball is thrown, it’s caught, it’s a positive play and then you do it again. If it’s a flip of the coin and 50-50, sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong, I mean nobody can really depend on that.


“The coaches don’t want to see that, the players don’t want to see that. You want to know that the guys you’re lining up next to that they got it. They’ve got their responsibility taken care of and that frees you up to think about what your responsibilities are. But if you’re worried about this guy or that guy or this or that, you know, it just takes away from what your focus needs to be as an individual. Everybody wants good teammates that can focus on, as an individual, what they have to do in order to help the team.”