New England Patriots

On the heels of Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New England Patriots are apparently closing in on a move for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Announced to be on the outs in Cleveland this past Saturday after showing up late to practice (and with an injured hamstring), Gordon appeared in the Browns’ Week 1 tie, where he hauled in one of his three targets for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Perhaps the league’s most troubled player over the last few years, the 27-year-old Gordon appeared in five games for the Browns last season upon his reinstatement to pro football, where he totaled 18 catches for 335 yards and a TD.

Drafted in 2012 but on the field for just five seasons, the 6-foot-3 Gordon’s best year in the NFL undoubtedly came in 2013, when he set career-highs in catches (87), yards (1,646), and touchdowns (nine).

The Patriots’ interest in Gordon comes amid what has been a revolving door of wide receiver transactions over the last two months, and having just Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson dressed wideouts in Sunday’s loss. Corey Coleman, signed last week, was inactive, while Julian Edelman was serving the second game of his four-game suspension.