Demaryius Thomas trade means it's Courtland Sutton's time

Josh Gordon is wowing Tom Brady

The Patriots wide receiver started the team's 25-6 win over the Bills, despite reports that he would be held out one quarter because of tardiness after he arrived late to Gillette Stadium on Sunday before the team left for Buffalo.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the Patriots' interest in jumping into the trade market for a top-end wideout, reporting on Sunday the Pats will be very active.

After missing out on Amari Cooper as a result of the Dallas Cowboys acquiring the former Oakland Raiders receivers in exchange for a future first-round pick, Thomas seemed like a possibility for the defending champions, whether it seemed like a long shot or not.

Though there's emotional connection between the Broncos and Thomas (he's spent his first nine years in the National Football League with just the Broncos), and though trading him to New England would leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Denver fans, it might be the best scenario for all parties.




Giving Tom Brady another weapon in the passing game would be like giving Batman a jet ski, but the Patriots know a good quarterback can never have enough toys and are reportedly considering pursuit of multiple high-profile wide receivers at the trade deadline, according to a report. At the age of 30, those opportunities are running low and Denver's championship window appears to have closed. Recently Broncos coach Vance Joseph summed up the reason to throw the ball Sutton's way with "it's either a big play down the field or a penalty on the guy who's covering him".

The Patriots have some history with similar in-game disciplinary actions. "But where we can make it up is with the youth, the young guys and getting them experience as this year continues to go".

And Tuesday, after eight-and-a-half seasons, 125 regular-season games, a Super Bowl ring, 662 catches and 60 touchdowns, it became official that Thomas had done his best to train his replacements.

Thomas would be an instant hit for the Patriots and at no expense to the Broncos other than watching one of their beloved players excel in a better situation.

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