New England Patriots

The New England Patriots will bench wide receiver Josh Gordon for ‘several series’ tonight against the Buffalo Bills for disciplinary reasons due to Gordon’s tardiness, according to multiple reports.

Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Gordon showed up late on Sunday before the team departed for Buffalo.

Acquired from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 17, the 27-year-old has shown signs of undoubtedly finding his groove with the Patriots, with 100 receiving yards on four catches in last week’s 38-31 win over the Chicago Bears.

Overall, Gordon has hauled in 13 of his 21 targets in a Patriots uniform for 224 yards and a touchdown.

Late last week, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had glowing praise for the polarizing 6-foot-3 wideout.

“It’s so impressive, in my view, what he’s done in a short period of time and how he’s assumed this specific role in our offense,” Brady said. Last week – I don’t know how much participation it was – but it was a lot. That’s a very challenging thing to do. The receiver position in our offense takes years for most guys to understand and learn nuances and intricacies of not only our plays, but how to get open within the scheme, how to gain my trust, and he’s done it in such a short period of time.”

But it’s clear the Patriots are managing him like a project, with Monday’s benching serving as a speed bump and a reminder of what the Patriots have to work through to get Gordon fully adjusted to life on a legitimate championship contender.