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Josh Gordon’s debut at FCF: what to know, how to watch reunion with Johnny Manziel

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Josh Gordon is making a comeback in football, but it’s not in the NFL.

Gordon will make his league debut in fan-controlled football on Saturday, March 6. Yes, this league is exactly what does it look like. It is a football league mainly run by the fans. Fans draft players, call games, and even control what type of pants the head coach wears.

The league has already played three weeks with only one undefeated team (Beasts). The other three teams are all tied with a 1-2 record. We’ll see what kind of impact Gordon can have when he debuts on Saturday night.

AFTER: Everything you need to know about the fan-controlled football league

Below, we’ll go over what you can expect from Gordon in his very first game.

How to watch Josh Gordon play fan-controlled football

You can watch Josh Gordon play in the FCF on the league’s Twitch channel (embedded above) or on the VENN TV app.

Gordon’s game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Which team does Josh Gordon play for at FCF?

Josh Gordon plays on the Zappers. He’s one of four franchise-scarred players on the team, along with quarterback Johnny Manziel, who played with Gordon back on the Cleveland Browns. A player marked with a franchise in the FCF is different than a player in the NFL franchise. In the FCF, this simply means that the player will stay on the same team throughout the season instead of returning to the weekly player pool for the draft.

Josh Gordon suspended in the NFL?

Yes. Josh Gordon was expected to return towards the end of last season with the Seahawks on a conditional reinstatement. Just a day after he returned to the Seahawks’ active roster, it was discovered that Gordon had violated the conditions of his conditional reinstatement. His conditional reinstatement was later canceled and he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on January 15, 2021. It was his sixth career suspension.

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Why does Josh Gordon play in the CLF?

As Josh Gordon is unable to play in the NFL, he decided to pursue his football career in another way. In a pair of tweets this week, Gordon briefly explained why he decided to join this league.

Bob Menery, owner of the Zappers, described it’s like Gordon doing “a little favor” to the league. Menery says Gordon’s main goal is obviously to continue playing in the NFL, but without an actual contract with a team, he was free to play in the CLF.

Will Josh Gordon dominate at FCF?

The CLF has many players who have spent time with the NFL rosters, but the league lacks recognizable names. Manziel and Gordon are by far the two biggest names in the league, and Manziel has been away from football for quite some time, so he’s not quite the talent he was when he won the Heisman Trophy.

As long as Gordon has stayed in shape, we expect his level of talent to really shine in this league. He’s a former All-Pro receiver, which really makes him the only CLF player to have had success in the NFL.

When asked about Gordon’s arrival, Richard Sherman (part owner of another team) said he expected fireworks when the wide receiver plays.

“I’m not going to lie, I guess he dominates,” Sherman said on the Broadcast week 3. “No offense to anyone, but he’s a really transcended talent and a guy who has played ridiculously well in our league. And he has played really well at every level.”



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