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Patriots’ Josh Gordon on injury report, but says he feels fine

Josh Gordon is second on the Patriots with 221 receiving yards.
Josh Gordon is second on the Patriots with 221 receiving yards.Ron Schwane/FR78273 AP via AP

FOXBOROUGH — Josh Gordon was one of three Patriots receivers who showed up on the injury report Wednesday as he was listed as limited with a knee problem.

Gordon, however, had no health complaints when he spoke to reporters prior to the list being released.

“I’m feeling all right man, it’s a grind,’’ said Gordon. “We played a couple of tough games, but all the same, I think coming in, doing what our treatment staff suggests, and be ready to go each and every Sunday.’’

Gordon, who has 14 catches for 221 yards and a touchdown, talked earlier this season about how excited he was to continue to grow in this offense and he feels that is happening.


“Yeah, I think I’m on track just by you know, by being here,’’ he said. “It was a great opportunity for me to be able to come back here and just be a part of the team, so just take one day at a time and I’m having fun each and every week, so for me, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.’’

Gordon, who is second on the club in receiving yards, isn’t worried about where he is in New England’s receiving pecking order.

“I don’t know if we have No. 1s or No. 2s, just numbers here,’’ he said. “It’s a collective effort from everybody and that’s kind of how the offense works here. And it works, obviously — this is a championship program. So, adopt that culture, adopt that philosophy and play my role.’’

He’s also enjoyed becoming more versatile in this offense.

“I’ve moved around a lot, learned different nuances of the game, different positions,’’ he said. “I think it was really fun, just trying out different spots, playing from the slot, from outside, motioning, shifting around, so having that familiarity has been a lot of fun.’’


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Richards re-signed

The Patriots brought back safety and special teamer Jordan Richards after trading their 2015 second-rounder last summer.

Jordan said he was excited to be back with former teammates and that the “opportunity to play football again [is] all you can hope for and want.’’

Jordan Richards is back in New England.
Jordan Richards is back in New England.Gregory Payan/Associated Press

After a season in Atlanta, Richards was most recently cut by the Raiders at the end of training camp and said he would “like to think I’m a smarter football player” since the last time he called New England home.

“I’ve seen how other teams now do it. I’ve seen how other teams go about their work [and] other divisions,’’ he said. “So, I’d like to think I’ve seen more players, been in new systems, and hopefully use that to my advantage being back.’’

Watson not seen

Tight end Ben Watson, whose four-game suspension ended Monday, was not spotted at practice. Because he has a roster exemption, he’s not required to be on the practice report . . . In addition to Gordon, receivers Julian Edelman (chest) and Gunner Olszewski (hamstring) were limited at practice . . . Also limited: running back Rex Burkhead (foot), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), safety Patrick Chung (heel), and special teamer Nate Ebner (groin) . . . Defensive end Michael Bennett (shoulder) was a full participant . . . The Patriots signed receiver Kelvin McKnight to the practice squad. The undrafted rookie was originally signed by the Broncos but was released at training camp’s end. The 5-foot-8-inch, 186-pounder started 44 games at Samford, where he set school records in receptions (313), yards (4,144), and touchdowns (32).


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