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Josh Gordon's strange Limited Marshall Faulk Jersey , stuttering career will start anew in New England.Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy.The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick on Monday, ending a relationship the team did all it could to save.The deal came together two days after the Browns reached a breaking point with Gordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the NFL for drug violations since Cleveland drafted him in 2012."He is gone now," coach Hue Jackson said.Gordon played in the Browns' season opener against Pittsburgh, but he reported to the team on Saturday with an unexplained hamstring injury after practicing all week. The Browns decided to leave him behind when they traveled to New Orleans, and later said they intended to release him.However, Cleveland general manager John Dorsey found there was a crowded market for him and worked out the swap with New England, which will also get a seventh-round pick.The Browns have been supportive of Gordon, but the team felt betrayed and decided it was time to move on."We've done all we can do for Josh," said Jackson, who didn't provide any specifics about Gordon's issues over the weekend. "We tried to provide the right environment. It just didn't work out. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and hopefully things work out for Josh."Gordon's tantalizing talent had caused the Browns to hang onto him while he dealt with drug and alcohol dependence going back to his teens. He missed training camp to receive treatment and the Browns were cautiously optimistic he would help them this season.But he again let them down, and Jackson acknowledged the separation was necessary."I hate to determine it a relief," Jackson said. "I'm glad there is closure. I'm glad that we're not in a space where we're thinking about those things: What could be, what could not be, and that we're coaching the guys that are here."Gordon's departure will expand rookie Antonio Callaway's role. Callaway caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the final two minutes Sunday, but the Browns were beaten 21-18.Also Eric Dickerson Jersey , the Browns added some depth Monday by signing free agent Rod Streater, a sixth-year veteran who has played with Oakland and San Francisco.Gordon's former Cleveland teammate Corey Coleman — who had his own issues with the Browns before being traded last month to Buffalo, cut and then signing with the Patriots — was released by New England.Belichick has a long history of reclamation projects with castoffs, including Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Aqib Talib. The Patriots coach will try to work the same magic with Gordon, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder with a dazzling blend of size and speed.In his second season, Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns. He had a memorable 80-yard TD catch against the Patriots, turning a short catch into an electrifying run on which he made New England's defenders appear to be standing still.But that was in 2013, and Gordon has played in just 11 games since because of his off-field issues.Still, he's regarded among his peers as one of the game's most talented players."I think it's obviously known that he's a freakish athlete," Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett said moments after the trade became official. "We see what he does when he's on the field."He's joining one of the most stable and successful organizations in pro sports, and Gordon has financial motivations to produce. He's making $790,000 this season — a relatively low figure among star receivers — and if he stays clean and catches the ball, he could cash in as a restricted free agent after the season."We can't worry about that Torry Holt Jersey Salute to Service ," Jackson said when asked about Gordon flourishing in New England. "We have to do what we think is best for our organization."Gordon can potentially help a New England receiving group that has undergone numerous changes since the offseason departure of Danny Amendola as a free agent and trade of Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams.The Patriots took another hit when Julian Edelman was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.The upheaval left Chris Hogan, in his third season in New England, as the Patriots' most-tenured receiver and there has been a constant shuffling of receivers on the depth chart.Brady did his best during their season-opening win over Houston to spread the ball around, completing passes to eight different players. Seven different players caught at least one pass in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, but the Jaguars' defense was able to key on tight end Rob Gronkowski, holding him to just two catches for 15 yards. Nick Foles understands his Super Bowl MVP trophy isn't going to help when J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are chasing after him.No matter the pressure, he usually stays calm and plays with poise.The Philadelphia Eagles are again counting on Foles to win high-stakes games. Foles, who was 3-0 in the playoffs last season, led the 14-point underdog Eagles to a victory on the road against the Rams last week to keep them in the playoff race.He has to do it again Sunday when the Eagles (7-7) host the Houston Texans (10-4)."Because I've done those things doesn't guarantee me anything when I step on the field next time," Foles said about his recent success. "Every time you step on the field, it's a new game."Foles is starting because Carson Wentz has a stress fracture in his back. He replaced Wentz last December after a knee injury ended his season. The Eagles already were the No. 1 seed in the NFC at that time. Now they're desperate to stay in the mix."We're fighting for our lives right now. It's a little different for us, different feel," coach Doug Pederson said.Having Foles around is a confidence-booster for the team."Obviously, he's been a starter in this league before, so that's something that he's comfortable with, and he just understands the plan and goes and executes Authentic Jack Youngblood Jersey ," Pederson said. "He just wants to win. He doesn't care about credit and all that. He wants to win, and he's helped us do that."The Texans are closing in on an AFC South title and looking to secure a first-round bye. It'll be a tough challenge on the road and they know Foles is no ordinary backup."He's a good player, he's smart, he knows what he's doing," said Watt, who has 14陆 sacks after playing only eight games the previous two seasons because of injuries. "He does great things. He can move around a little bit, he knows the system, he knows the guys, knows how to find the open guy and get it to him. He does a great job."Unlike the Eagles, the Texans fell apart after losing their star quarterback last season. They were 1-8 without Deshaun Watson, who tore a knee ligament in the seventh game. Watson has been outstanding since his return and has Houston on the verge of a playoff berth."Everything he's put himself through to be in a position to where he's at today, I can really appreciate that," Pederson said.Here's some things to look for when the Texans seek their first win over the Eagles in five tries:SIMPLE AND BALANCEDThe Eagles cut back on their pre-snap movement on offense and committed to running the ball in their 30-23 win over the Rams. All three touchdowns were on running plays, two by Wendell Smallwood and one for rookie Josh Adams.GETTING DEFENSIVEAlready missing three-fourths of their starting secondary and starting nickel cornerback Sidney Jones, the Eagles got a big boost when rookie Avonte Maddox returned to play outside cornerback against the Rams. Maddox and second-year pro Rasul Douglas had strong performances to help limit a high-powered offense. They'll face another difficult challenge going against DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas.KICKING EDGETexans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn leads the NFL with 34 field goals and has made 12 in a row, including all five tries in a win over the Jets on the road last week."His ability to be able to make all of the different types of kicks that you need to make Limited Jared Goff Jersey , especially in outdoor games on the East Coast, it's very important," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a very talented kicker."DOUBLE TROUBLEThe Eagles are going with more formations featuring tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on the field together and using two wide receivers and one running back. It helps to create matchup advantages and also improves blocking in the run game."That personnel for them with (Goedert) and Ertz on the field at the same time is very challenging. No doubt," O'Brien said.LEADING THE WAYHopkins leads the AFC and is third in the NFL with 1,321 yards receiving and he ranks third in the AFC with 11 TD catches. He has 507 career receptions, the second-youngest player (26 years, 6 months, 9 days) to reach 500 behind Larry Fitzgerald (26 years, 2 months, 29 days)."There's a lot of people that I look up to in those categories that are wearing the yellow jacket right now that I've passed," Hopkins said. "So, of course that means a lot to me." AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this report.
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