Josh Gordon uses going to the playoffs as motivation

Matt Stone | Boston Herald

After playing with the Cleveland Browns for parts of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 seasons and having a combined record of 16-48 during that time, this season is quite different for wide receiver Josh Gordon.

He and the New England Patriots are currently sitting atop the AFC East with a record of 8-3 and are fighting for one of the top spots in the AFC.

“It’s different, that’s for sure,” Gordon said. “It’s exciting. It’s motivational for me and for everybody. I’ve never really got the opportunity before, considering the circumstances. So it’s great to have the opportunity now.”

Competing for a top seed and first-round bye is giving Gordon a late-season push and motivation that he has yet to experience.

The Patriots’ will have to play against each of their AFC East rivals (Dolphins, Bills and Jets ) one more time, as well as having two other tough matchups – one coming this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and one against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 16. So Gordon knows he and his new team will have to be on their A-game to finish the season strong.

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