FA Any XFL players standing out that could make it back into the NFL? (1 Viewer)

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I was able to watch all the games the first 2 weeks, but since I haven’t been able to.

Was watching LA @ NY earlier and our old pre-season beast Darius Victor was running with great power. He didn’t offer much in the passing game but dang this kid is great power back. The other RB for NY Tim Cook looks good too. Josh Johnson for LA has a great arm and seemed to make good reads.

Since this is pretty much a development league for the NFL has anyone noticed any stand out players that seem to have developed and look good enough to make an NFL team?
 

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I’m pretty sure I read that an NFL was interested in signing Josh Johnson but the XFL blocked them from talking
 

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These guys stand out to me. It’s mostly skill players because it’s hard to judge Individual OL, etc.

Cam Phillips WR Houston
Nelson Spruce WR LA
Donald Parham TE Dallas
Kony Ealy DE Houston
De’ Mornay Pierson-El WR Dallas
Taylor Russolini K St Louis

I think these QBs and RBs could be serviceable depth in the NFL, like they were before.

Josh Johnson QB LA
Cardale Jones QB DC
Landry Jones QB Dallas
Christine Michael RB St Louis
Cameron Artis Payne RB Dallas
Lance Dunbar RB Dallas
Matt Jones RB St Louis

PJ Walker is a playmaker. I don’t think his game translates to the NFL though. He’s a one read passer, but is accurate when his man is open. He’s great for the XFL though, he makes a lot happen (extending plays) with his feet.

Jordan Ta’ Amu is a guy a coach may try to turn in to a Taysom Hill. Big kid (6’3, 220), runs well, physical, etc. He isn’t very accurate though.

One guy who has all but killed his NFL aspirations is Sammie Coates. He’s been horrific for Houston. Dropped passes, etc. He was supposed to be their big play guy, but he’s awful
 
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Cam Philips, WR for the Houston Roughnecks (if I'm not mistaken), is looking very good. 7 TD's in the three games, but I'm not sure how much of that has to do with talent disparity.
 

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Chances are almost no one will make it back to the NFL.
 

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the saints once kicked the tires on Parham.

walker and philips for houston have been lighting it up.
 

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Chances are almost no one will make it back to the NFL.
I respectfully disagree, although I don’t think it would be many, and the ones who do (from the current XFL rosters) won’t become Sam Mills types.

In my post above I mention that some guys could maybe be serviceable depth. A guy like Cardale Jones wants to play. He doesn’t want to carry a clip board. I think that could be an interesting twist to some guys choosing to stay in the XFL versus going to the NFL to be a deep reserve.

I also think that over time, the XFL will help some guys develop in to NFL contributors. Whether it’s getting their bodies right, or technique in order, the XFL will provide that opportunity. It’s kind of like talented baseball players who aren’t ready for MLB, getting ready in the minors.

The same happens with MMA. I was listening to a Mark Montoya (one of the games most respected trainers) talk with Pat Militich (UFC hall of famer). They were talking about some younger guys not going up (to UFC) too soon, because they would be “eaten alive”. Mark basically said you may have to turn down the offer initially, if you intend to really be successful once you get there.

The NFL is the cream of the crop. There are very talented people who might be missing one thing in their game, that makes all the difference in the world. Learning and/or sharpening those skills in the XFL may prove the difference in being an NFL camp body or a contributor,
 
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Chances are almost no one will make it back to the NFL.

Whats your standard for "making it back to the NFL". Getting a camp invite? A few dozen at least. Making the final 53? Maybe half a dozen. Getting signed during the season due to injury? Probalby another 4 or 5. Starting? Maybe one or two.
 

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