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#2. What are your thoughts about the Josh Gordon trade and his potential impact?
MF: Josh Gordon has a chance to impact this team in a similar fashion that Randy Moss did. Outside of Moss, Gordon is by far the most talented wide receiver that Tom Brady has had at his disposal.
On paper, Gordon is a great fit. New England lacked size on the perimeter, and he will provide that. However, talent has never been the issue with Gordon; it has always been his off-field concerns. There aren’t many other teams as confident in their program as the Patriots are.
It is a worthwhile gamble, as Brady now has an embarrassment of riches for pass catchers. If Gordon can pick up the playbook, the Patriots offense just added yet another explosive option to the mix.
#3. What would you consider to be the Patriots’ biggest strength? Biggest weakness?
MF: Their biggest strength is having Tom Brady under center and Bill Belichick on the sideline. Teams are lucky to have one elite head coach or quarterback, but to have two is rare.
As long as those two are in place, the Patriots have to be considered Super Bowl contenders. Right now, their biggest weakness is the defense as a whole. The run defense has been an issue going back to last season and has not improved this season.
Lamar Miller averaged 4.9 yards per carry in Week 1, while T.J. Yeldon averaged 5.8 in Week 2. Watching Blake Bortles throw for 376 yards and four touchdowns, resulting in Eric Rowe being benched, was not encouraging either.