The XFL’s 2020 season lasted simply 5 weeks, but it surely didn’t finish due to the league’s failure. Shortly after the coronavirus outbreak brought about nearly each main sporting occasion to both be cancelled or postponed, the XFL adopted go well with. While the league gave us loads of pleasure all through its shortened season, a number of players proved they’re worthy of discovering one other job within the NFL.
Quarterback P.J. Walker was the primary XFL participant to get signed, adopted by cornerback Deatrick Nichols and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. They in all probability gained’t be the final.
Let’s run although the blokes that some NFL groups ought to have a look at, damaged down by place.
Josh Johnson, QB: Johnson didn’t begin till Week 2, however he nonetheless threw for 1,076 yards (good for second within the league) and 11 touchdowns with simply two interceptions.
Johnson, who is 33 years outdated, has performed for 13 completely different NFL groups since 2008. He most lately performed within the common season in 2018 with Washington. He joined the Lions final preseason and didn’t make the roster, and he nearly signed with them once more final yr after Matthew Stafford was positioned on injured reserve. But the XFL prevented that from taking place.
Given Johnson’s expertise as a backup and his spectacular efficiency this season, he could discover himself on an NFL roster a while quickly.
Storm Norton, OT: The LA Wildcats took Norton as their No. 1 total choose within the XFL Draft. The former Temple offensive lineman was signed to the Lions’ observe squad in 2017, getting known as up to the 53-man roster for one sport. He then had stints with the Cardinals and Vikings, however was waived by Minnesota final August.
Cam Phillips, WR: The Houston Roughnecks wideout led the XFL in receiving, with 455 whole yards and 9 touchdowns on 31 catches. He was so good every week, he was named the league’s star of the week for 60 % of the season!
For the third time in 5 weeks, Cam Phillips is your XFL Star of the Week.
Week 5: 10 catches, 122 yards, 2 TDs.
Season: 31 catches, 455 yards 9 TDs. pic.twitter.com/BC370KS2kF
— XFL (@xfl2020) March 10, 2020
Phillips went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2018 and signed with the Bills as a free agent that spring. He was on Buffalo’s observe squad earlier than being known as up to the energetic roster in October, however he had only one catch in two video games earlier than getting waived the next month. He re-joined the observe squad earlier than getting launched final August.
Donald Parham, TE: Parham completed with 305 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades, which ranked third within the league and was 174 extra yards than another tight finish. At 6’8’, 240 kilos, he’s bought some nice measurement for a decent finish. This yr’s draft class for tight ends isn’t very deep, both, so he could be a great match for a team nonetheless in search of assist on the place.
Parham went undrafted out of Stetson College in 2019. He hung out with the Lions and Washington, however didn’t play within the common season.
De’Veon Smith, RB: Smith led the XFL in dashing yards with 365 yards on the season. The former Michigan operating again had had transient stints with the Dolphins and Washington in 2017 and 2018, and performed for the AAF’s Orlando Apollos final yr.
Will Hill, S: The BattleHawks security completed third within the league in solo tackles with 27 whole and had two interceptions.
Hill was an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2011 and performed with the Giants and Ravens for 2 years every. He additionally performed within the Arena Football League, CFL, and AAF.
Steven Johnson, LB: Johnson led the league in mixed tackles, with 48 whole. He has been with numerous NFL groups since popping out of Kansas undrafted in 2012. Most lately, he was with the Ravens in 2017.
He is 31 years outdated, although, so a team would have to be in search of an LB with expertise for him to discover a match.
Cedric Reed, Edge: The LA Wildcats defender had three sacks on the season, 5 quarterback hits, and a pressured fumble.
Reed was undrafted out of Texas in 2015 and had brief stints with the Bills and Dolphins, however he by no means made a roster with both team.
Cavon Walker, Edge: The New York Guardians defensive finish led the league with 4.5 sacks and 9 quarterback hits in 5 video games.
Walker went undrafted out of Maryland in 2018, however he hung out within the preseason with the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs. Walker would make for a fantastic camp participant with the potential to be greater than that with an NFL team.
Austin MacGinnis, K: The Renegades kicker made a league-leading 10 discipline objectives this season, not lacking a single one.
John Santiago, returner: The Vipers’ return man led the league in return yards with 440 via 5 video games.
Players who have already been signed
This isn’t Nichols’ first shot within the NFL. After signing with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of South Florida in 2018, he was signed and re-signed numerous instances all year long. He was lastly waived final August.
- Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: The St. Louis BattleHawks sign caller threw for 1,050 yards and 5 touchdowns in 5 video games. He additionally completed within the prime 10 in dashing with 217 yards. His finest sport got here in Week Four in opposition to the Seattle Dragons, ending 20 of 27 with 327 yards and a landing:
The former Ole Miss product helped the BattleHawks end second in whole offense, averaging 349.6 per sport. Ta’amu spent somewhat time with the Texans and Raiders in the course of the 2019 offseason, however didn’t make their rosters.
He signed with the Chiefs on March 23 to compete for a spot to again up Patrick Mahomes.
- P.J. Walker, QB, Carolina Panthers: It seems to be like Carolina has discovered no less than certainly one of its backups for Teddy Bridgewater. Walker, who signed on March 23, led the XFL with 1,338 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. The former Colts backup confirmed he could make performs on the run when beneath stress, too:
The Panthers traded QB Kyle Allen shortly after, so it seems to be like Walker, alongside with Will Grier, will compete for the backup job in Carolina.
We’ll replace this submit if extra players land on groups between now and the top of the NFL offseason.