Foxboro -- Welcome to 2018 public relations. Early in the day, Josh Gordon had mental health issues and then later in the day it was announced that Gordon had violated the league's substance abuse policy. There is likely a connection between the two, but that remains one of the many unanswered questions.
A) How did Gordon violate the NFL's substance abuse policy. Did he test positive? What was the substance? Did he test positive at all or just miss a test?
B) Did Gordon lose his focus against Pittsburgh because he knew about the violation of the league's substance abuse policy where he had only one catch and one drop?
C) Can Phillip Dorsett emerge in the last two games and show he was worthy of being a 2015 first round pick?
D) How frustrated is Tom Brady at the receiver situation this year. Last offseason, the Pats didn't resign Danny Amendola and traded Brandin Cooks. In training camp, the Pats tried many receivers that didn't work out. Think Malcolm Mitchell, Paul Turner, Devin Lucien, Eric Decker.
E) Only Julian Edelman among the Pats receivers currently on the roster is under contract for 2019. The Pats will need to revamp their receiver position. Did they make a mistake not resigning Brandin Cooks or trading for Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas or Amari Cooper?
Matthew Slater said Thursday that the issue with Gordon was bigger than football. Slater and David Andrews said Gordon had been a good teammate who was well-liked in the locker room. Slater said it is important to talk about mental health issues, especially men who are often put in a box and not supposed to talk about their problems.
"This goes beyond football. We only play this game for a short period of time," Slater said. "I am not disappointed in him. I am concerned for his well-being. He was a good teammate. Football is temporary for all of us whether you are playing or coaching. This is one of those situations that make you realize that," Slater said.
The Pats have dealt with adversity before.
"It's a unique situation, but it doesn't change our preparation and attitude. We need to get focused to play Buffalo. Mental health issues are something that the country needs to take seriously and talk about more," Slater said.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will "answer" questions tomorrow about the Josh Gordon situation.
New England will be waiting.