Josh Gordon Stepping Away From Football to Focus on Mental Health

Today, Dec. 20, it has come out that Josh Gordon has failed another drug test. He released a statement on twitter saying, “I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health.”

First, we at Soft 7 Sports would like to wish Josh Gordon all of the best. It’s important that he gets the help he needs to become a functioning member of society. Football is less important than his mental health. This is sad to hear that such a natural talent is, at the moment, giving up football.

This isn’t the first time he’s had this trouble. As a lot of people know, Gordon was arrested in 2014 for driving while impaired, and subsequently suspended for a year. This suspension was reduced to 10 games. In 2015, Gordon was suspended for the entire season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. He entered into the NFL’s substance abuse program. In 2016, after failing another drug test, he was suspended for the first 4 games of the season. Subsequently, Gordon released a statement saying he was taking a leave from the NFL to focus on himself. In 2017, he was finally back after applying for reinstatement from the league.

This was a roller coaster for Browns fans at the time. Everyone knows what kind of talent he is, but they also know what issues he carries off the field. When the Patriots traded for him during this season, they knew exactly what could happen. They could either have a leading wide receiver or someone that might, at any time, leave the game if football. They got both. Gordon lead all Patriots receivers this year in yards (737). Now he is stepping away. Again, this is something that the Patriots knew could happen when they traded basically nothing for the star receiver.

From a football standpoint, now the Patriots lose a very valuable member of their receiving core. Someone that gives them depth at a position that they have been struggling in all season. Tom Brady will now have essentially 4 main guys to work with the rest of this season and into the playoffs with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and James White. The mid-season addition of Cordarrelle Patterson will hopefully help them with their depth, but they have been utilizing him primarily at the running back position. It will be very interesting to see what they will be able to do in the coming weeks. The Patriots offense has struggled and that is mainly a result of the passing game. So, I think this may pose a major issue for the Patriots going forward.

The Patriots were either going to be the absolute worst destination or the best for a player like Josh Gordon with all the issues he has off the field. Either the system mentality was going to be a benefit for him and give him the structure that he needed to get his mind on track or it was going to make him struggle more. Clearly it was the latter.

Again, Soft 7 Sports would like to wish Josh Gordon good luck and we hope that he gets the help that he needs.

– Parmesan Don

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