The New England Patriots received some huge news on Friday when wide receiver Josh Gordon was conditionally reinstated for the 2019 season. Gordon can now attend meetings and participate in workouts, and should soon be cleared for practices and game action.
Despite the major boost to the team's offense, the Patriots' odds to win Super Bowl LIV, along with other future bets for the upcoming season, have not budged. The Pats remain at +700 odds to win another Lombardi Trophy, just ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs at +800 – the same as they were following Week 1 of the preseason, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Patriots are also +320 to win the AFC Championship and -550 to win the AFC East, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. New England's over/under is still at 11 games, the same number it was when those totals were first released.
The addition of Gordon to the offense gives New England a field stretcher they likely wouldn't have had if his reinstatement wasn't granted. Last season, Gordon totaled 40 catches for 720 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 11 games. He averaged an impressive 18 yards per reception last year, which was second in the NFL behind only DeSean Jackson (18.9).
The Patriots made some additions to their receiving corps this offseason, selecting N'Keal Harry out of Arizona State with the 32nd pick back in April's NFL Draft, while also adding veterans like Demaryius Thomas, Dontrelle Inman, Maurice Harris and Cameron Meredith. Thomas was already considered a long shot to make the roster, and it's uncertain who of the rest of the group will make the final 53 now that Gordon is back in the fold.
While Gordon is likely to only make Patriots better on the field, he surprisingly didn't move the needle with oddsmakers. I guess we'll have to wait and see what he looks like in New England's 2019 regular-season opener against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Week 1.
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