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If Josh Gordon wants to succeed in New England, he’s going to have to do something he rarely did in Cleveland. He’s going to need to put football first.

Tom Brady himself said as much in his newest interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One, which you can listen to below. One of the intangible reasons that Brady and the Patriots have had so much sustained success over the years is that everyone does everything in the name of the team. Without setting any kind of expectation for the receiver, Brady hopes that Gordon will at least buy into that concept.

“I hate to make projections and expectations, that’s not fair,” said Brady. “I’ve never met Josh personally, just like I hadn’t met some of the guys that have come in the last couple of weeks. We’ll see how it goes this week. Hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team.”

Dec 10, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Brady also acknowledged that Gordon can’t be blamed for the Patriots’ lack of depth at receiver, which has led to over 20 moves at the position so far in 2018. It wouldn’t be fair to put undue pressure on a new player. It’s only fair to be as good of a teammate to Gordon as possible.

“Any time you get someone in the middle of the season, there’s obviously a lot of things that have happened that have gotten the team to a certain point that they weren’t a part of,” said Brady. “Not sure how many of those things matter. But you like to get up to speed as quickly as possible, and it’s really up to the individuals.

“All these things need to play themselves out. I’m not gonna project anything. I’m just gonna try to go be the positive, enthusiastic leader that I am and try to be a great quarterback, and try to embrace whoever’s on the team.”

Listen to the interview below:

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