In Johnny Manziel's NFL career, he completed four of his eight attempts in which Josh Gordon was his primary target, going for 66 yards but failing to find the end zone in the small sample size of contests they played together. It's a pretty insignificant stat line for two players who are fragments of the past for the Cleveland Browns fan base.
For fans of the Zappers of the Fan Controlled Football league — many of which may have just become fans as a result of their most recent game — the pair of Manziel and new WR Gordon is something they haven't been able to witness to this point. However, if what we saw from Gordon in his FCF debut is a sign of things to come once Manziel returns from dental surgery, they should have no trouble exceeding their collective NFL stat line.
The former Browns, Patriots and Seahawks wideout didn't take long to establish himself in his new surroundings. Gordon's first ever drive in the FCF was punctuated with an impressive score, off of an equally impressive throw from Manziel replacement Logan Marchi.
Quick note, here: look at that footwork from Marchi, a former Temple, East Tennessee State and Sacred Heart QB!
Gordon wasn't done yet, though. Braden Smith, who took turns at the quarterback position with Marchi, was the signal-caller for the Zappers with the game tied at 26 points apiece. The last time the Zappers and the Beasts faced each other, the Beasts won a close one, 48-44. But with Gordon on their side, Bob Menery's Zappers wouldn't be defeated again.
I'm honestly having a little bit of a hard time telling apart the two teams due to the similarities of their jerseys, but it looks as though Gordon was getting swarmed by two Beasts defenders, with a third incoming, when he made the game-winning grab. Regardless of who was where, it was a great catch and a cool way for the former NFL standout to make his mark.
It's not surprising that Gordon is succeeding, even after just one game, in a league like this. He's not even 30 years old and is just a few years removed from recording more than 700 yards in the NFL. In 2013, Gordon was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro with a league-high 1,646 receiving yards in his sophomore campaign, though various suspensions and drug issues kept him from having a sustained successful career in the NFL.
And after a lot of stress in recent years, it looks like this was a nice change of pace for Gordon.