Exec: Ex-Chiefs WR Nearing NFL Comeback Amid Breakout XFL Campaign

Getty Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Josh Gordon has taken his talents over to the newly-revamped XFL, which is three weeks into its inaugural season. And he has shown flashes of his All-Pro talent thus far, which has him nearing a potential return to the NFL.

Take for example Gordon’s game-winning touchdown on Saturday, March 4. Gordon, who plays for the Seattle Sea Dragons, caught a 64-yard touchdown from quarterback Ben DiNucci on fourth down with a little under a minute left in the game to defeat the Vegas Vipers. During the play, Gordon Moss’d a defender and made another one miss him before working his way into the endzone.

In that game, Gordon had a total of 6 receptions for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. His first touchdown in that game came on a play in which he caught a pass in the back of the endzone and managed to keep his feet in bounds.

Heading into Sunday’s slate of games, Gordon leads the league in receiving yards (225) and receiving touchdowns (3), per the XFL website. His Week 3 outing marked the first game this season that a player has recorded over 100 receiving yards in a single game.

“Josh has been outstanding. His passion and love for the game is contagious for our young guys,” Seattle’s Director of Pro Personnel Randy Muller told Heavy Sports. “He garners respect from us all just for being here but he works everyday like he is a rookie free agent, trying to make any NFL team. The more he learns our offensive scheme the more productive he is.

“He has no ego, has been a really good teammate and, I think, really enjoys being here. The big plays he made in the Vegas game were a great reward and example for him and our team. He’s a NFL talented receiver, who will probably be playing on Sundays again soon.”

Josh Gordon’s Time With Chiefs Lasted 1 Full Season

After being reinstated to the NFL in September of 2021, the Chiefs signed Josh Gordon to the team’s practice squad on September 27. A week later, Gordon was promoted to the Chiefs’ 53-player roster. Yet, his impact on Kansas City’s offense wasn’t significant during the 2021 season.

In 12 regular season games played during the 2021 season, Gordon caught 5 passes on 14 targets for 32 yards and 1 touchdown, per Pro Football Reference.

On January 24, the Chiefs waived Gordon but then re-signed him to a reserve/futures deal in February.

Entering the 2022 season, Gordon had to compete with the likes of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman, Skyy Moore, and Justin Watson for a spot on the active roster. Unfortunately for Gordon, he was the odd man out and was released toward the end of the preseason.

Twitter Reacts to Josh Gordon’s Game-Winning TD

Twitter users reacted to Josh Gordon’s game-winning touchdown in Week 3 of the XFL’s inaugural season.

“This is great to see! Josh Gordon always had so much talent, happy to see him still playing football,” one Twitter user wrote.

“That man has so much potential. Not sure why he couldn’t pan out in the NFL,” another user wrote. “Yes I know about the weed thing but beyond that he seemed to have good wits about him.”

“In 10 years we’re going to look back on Josh Gordon’s career and how he was kicked out of the NFL just for smoking weed and it being unfathomable,” another user wrote.



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