New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon walks off the field after defeating Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon walks off the field after defeating Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory (Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports)

It took less than one quarter for Josh Gordon to show his abilities on the field after spending a while away from it.

Gordon took a crossing route, burst through one tackle, ran past safety Terrell Edmunds and ran through another tackle into the end zone for a 20-yard score.

Gordon later managed to shrug off his tacklers to receive a ball thrown from a long way, that seemed hard to take.

Having been reinstated from suspension, Gordon spoke to the media for the first time since his return.

“Initially it was a culture shock. It was definitely different. I think as I grew in this environment and got to observe other young men move and organize and act professionally, expectations were high,” Gordon said.

“It wasn’t anything more than what I think they knew that they could do was being asked of them. I was like, ‘Alright, this is the way it’s done here.’ I could either get with it, or look for a transition somewhere else. It’s tough, but if this is what you want to do, I think this is the best place to be.”

Earlier, he had released a statement on twitter regarding his suspension. The statement was as follows:

“Before the 2019 season starts, I would like to address an issue that arose toward the end of last season. It’s been well documented that I have battle substance abuse for some time. Unfortunately, I did not take the time to focus on a solution to that problem until this past year. I am eternally grateful for the constant support from the NFL, NFLPA and the Patriots organization. I also want to thank my family, friends and all the fans who supported me while I addressed this issue. Going forward, I will not be discussing the details of my past. I plan to focus on the present and getting better every day. I hope people will judge me on what I do now and in the future. I look forward to being a member of the Patriots once against this season and doing my part by contributing on and off the field.

The New England Patriots, apart from having Gordon, will be boosted by the arrival of Antonio Brown, who completed a dramatic move from Oakland Raiders. Once Brown arrives, the team could boast of enviable wide receivers.