Patriots receivers coach speaks glowingly of Josh Gordon
FOXBOROUGH — The praise for Josh Gordon continued on Wednesday when receivers coach Chad O’Shea spoke glowingly about the latest addition to his position group.
“In regards to Josh, [he’s] done everything we’ve asked him to do here,’’ said O’Shea, when asked about the NFL Media report that Gordon was going to be disciplined during Monday’s Bills game for recent episodes of tardiness.
According to the report, which came out hours before the game, Gordon was “expected to be kept off the field for several series — about a quarter.”
Gordon started the game and played 64 of a possible 76 offensive snaps, or 84 percent. Julian Edelman (73) was the only receiver to play more snaps.
Gordon deflected questions about the report and coach Bill Belichick dismissed it after the game.
“He’s worked very hard,” O’Shea said. “He’s done a great job of learning our offense, which at times can be difficult with the multiplicity of it and working with a veteran quarterback.
“I think he’s done a great job of being a good teammate and certainly there’s a lot to improve on, but he’s continued to make progress and really has done everything we’ve asked him to do.’’
O’Shea is the latest member of the organization to speak positively about Gordon, who was acquired via trade from Cleveland Sept. 17. In five games he has 17 catches for 266 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s done a great job spending extra time with not only Tom [Brady] but our other receivers that have been helpful to him and learning not only our offense but learning the way we do things around here,’’ said O’Shea.
Rob Gronkowski, who hasn’t scored a touchdown since the win in Week 1 over the Texans, had a funny response when asked if he misses the end zone.
“I think it misses me,’’ he said.
When pressed on what his response meant, the big tight end replied, “I don’t know.”
Gronkowski said there’s no level of frustration with his perceived lack of production because the team is on a roll.
“No, I mean, we’re 6-2,’’ said Gronkowski, who said his confidence level is good. “We just won five games in a row, and we’re just trying to get the W every week.’’
Knowing their limits
Edelman was one of five Patriots who missed Wednesday’s nonpadded practice as the receiver deals with an illness and ankle injury.
Guards Shaq Mason, who injured his calf against the Bills, and Brian Schwenke (foot), tight end Jacob Hollister (hamstring), and defensive end Deatrich Wise (illness) also did not participate.
Running back Sony Michel (knee), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee), and right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion), all of whom missed the Buffalo game, were part of a group of 10 that were limited.
Gronkowski (back, ankle), Gordon (hamstring), tackle Trent Brown (ankle), punter Ryan Allen (ankle), long snapper Joe Cardona (shoulder), and defensive ends John Simon (shoulder) and Geneo Grissom (ankle) also weren’t 100 percent.
For Sunday’s opponents, the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers (knee), receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), and tight end Jimmy Graham (knee) were limited at practice.
Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy emphasized the Packers’ struggles on the road this season — they’re 0-3 — and the challenge that awaits them. “We’re in a tough stretch right now,’’ said Rodgers. “Obviously, we just came off an undefeated team on the road [the Rams], playing in a tough environment here where obviously Tommy and those guys have had a ton of success over the years playing at Gillette. It’s a tough stretch but we have an opportunity to take a big chunk of confidence if we can go up there and play our best game.’’ . . . The all-time series stands at 5-5, with the Packers winning the latest meeting, 26-21, at Lambeau Field in 2014. “[Rodgers] killed us the last time we played him,’’ said Belichick. The Green Bay QB threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns in that one. Perhaps more impressively, the Pack converted 10 of 17 third downs . . . The Packers were the first team to beat the Patriots at Gillette, winning 28-10, in 2002, the year the stadium opened . . . The Patriots officially put cornerback Eric Rowe on injured reserve but have yet to fill the open spot on the 53-man roster. Rookie cornerback Duke Dawson could slide in there when he’s eligible to be activated next week . . . Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was asked to critique Brady’s block on Lorenzo Alexander during Edelman’s reverse against the Bills: “A good one. We’d rather he didn’t do that. But it was a good one.”