Former Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon put up 74 yards and a touchdown in his XFL debut but it wasn’t enough to lead his team to a victory
It was the first weekend without NFL football but the XFL did its best to feed the craving. The latest reiteration of the league kicked off this weekend and former Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon was on the field for the prime time game on Sunday night.
Gordon and the Seattle Sea Dragons, led by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci ended up losing 22-18 to the D.C. Defenders, but the former NFL yardage leader did all he could to keep his team in the game.
He finished with six receptions for 74 yards and had a touchdown, which came on an impressive flip pass from DiNucci.
Cleveland fans know all too well that the 31 year old Gordon is supremely talented. Back in 2013, he showed this when he had 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 12 games. He missed the first four weeks due to a suspension but still led the NFL in receiving yards.
Unfortunately, the suspensions continued and he missed all of 2015 and 2016. In fact, he managed to play in just 41 games in seven seasons with the Browns before they finally had enough in 2018 and sent him to the New England Patriots. While in New England, Gordon did get a Super Bowl ring as he was on the roster during the season but stepped away from the game before being suspended again.
Gordon did play in the NFL the past two seasons, spending 2021 with the Kansas City Chiefs. This year, he was part of the Tennessee Titans but appeared in just two games before being released in October.
Surely he hopes to parlay his performance in the XFL to yet another shot in the NFL. If he keeps playing as he did on Sunday, that could end up happening.