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4 Jul 2020

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Your Guide to the XFL’s Seattle Dragons

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 27: Detail of the XFL Seattle Dragons football helmet and ball bag after practice at Memorial Stadium on January 27, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

The XFL is back and seems as well prepared as ever. This is your guide for all things Seattle Dragons ahead of their February 8th season kickoff in D.C.

While the NFL season is over, football season is not. The conclusion of Super Bowl LIV marked the commencement of the XFL’s return. Now, many are skeptical about the return of the XFL, especially after the short-lived Alliance of American Football (AAF) experiment last year where the league had to shut down after two months of play and file for bankruptcy. But, the XFL is back and seems as well prepared as ever and eight teams from around the country are ready to take the field.

One of those teams, the Seattle Dragons, is the newest franchise to hit the Emerald City.

This is your guide for all things Seattle Dragons ahead of their February 8th season kickoff in D.C.

Schedule:

  • Sat, Feb. 8 / 11 AM PT @ D.C. Defenders on ABC
  • Sat, Feb. 15 / 2 PM PST vs. Tampa Bay Vipers on FOX
  • Sat, Feb. 22 / 2 PM PST vs. Dallas Renegades on FOX
  • Sat. Feb. 29 / 2 PM PST @ St. Louis Battlehawks on FOX
  • Sat, Mar. 7 / 11 AM PST @ Houston Roughnecks on ABC
  • Sun, Mar. 15 / 4 PM PST vs. Los Angeles Wildcats on ESPN
  • Sun, Mar. 22 / 12 PM PST vs. New York Guardians on ABC
  • Sun, Mar. 29 / 3 PM PST @ Dallas Renegades on FS1
  • Sun, Apr. 5 / 3 PM PST @ Los Angeles Wildcats on FS1
  • Sat, Apr.11/ 11 AM PST vs. Houston Roughnecks on ABC

Staff:

Offense Defense
Head Coach Jim Zorn Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs Clayton Lopez
Offensive Coordinator Mike Riley Special Teams & Linebackers George “Chip” Garber
Running Backs Butch Goncharoff Defensive Line Donald Johnson
Receivers Larry Kirksey Asst. Defensive Backs Marcus Ungaro
Tight Ends & Asst. Special Teams Steve Hogan
Asst. Offensive Line & Offensive Asst. Josh Oglesby

Roster:

QB     B.J. Daniels     5’11” 222     South Florida

Daniels was originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He spent the offseason there before being claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks, whom he spent the next two years with and even won a super bowl. Daniels eventually transitioned to wide receiver with Seattle but reverted back to quarterback during his short stints with the Houston Texans, New York Giants, and Chicago Bears before transitioning to running back with the Atlanta Falcons. Daniels then spent a short bit of his career in the CFL (Canadian Football League) and the failed Alliance of American Football (AAF) before being drafted by the Dragons in the 2020 XFL Draft, where he will pay at his original position of quarterback.

QB     Brandon Silvers     6’3” 224     Troy

Silvers is another quarterback who spent time in the AAF during their brief run. He didn’t see much playing time until the last few games and completed 64% of his passes for four touchdowns, two interceptions, and 799 yards.

RB     Kenneth Farrow     5’10” 219     Houston

Farrow briefly spent time with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, and Miami Dolphins along with the AAF’s San Antonio Commanders before the XFL.

RB     Trey Williams     5’8” 195     Texas A&M

RB     Ja’Quan Gardner     5’5” 201     Humboldt State

WR     Kasen Williams     6’1” 218     Washington

Williams is probably one of the better-known names on the Dragons’ roster. He played college football at the University in Washington before playing short stints with a few different NFL teams including the Seattle Seahawks where he spent most of his time out of them all.

WR     John Santiago     5’9” 170     North Dakota

WR     Sergio Bailey     6’0” 185     Eastern Michigan

WR     Austin Proehl     5’9” 182     North Carolina

Proehl was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 7th round of the 2018 NFL Draft before being released a few months later. 

WR     Alonzo Moore     6’1” 199     Nebraska

WR     Dontez Byrd     5’11” 180     Tennessee Tech

WR     Keenan Reynolds     5’10” 190     Navy

Reynolds played his collegiate career as a quarterback with the Navy Midshipman and finished fifth in Heisman voting in 2015. He was later drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and converted to wide receiver. Two years later he signed with the Seattle Seahawks he spent some time rotating between the practice squad and active roster.

TE     Cameron Clear     6’5” 277     Texas A&M

TE     Connor Hamlett     6’7” 259     Oregon State

TE     Colin Jeter     6’5” 250     LSU

TE     Ben Johnson     6’4” 246     Kansas

TE     Evan Rodriguez     6’2” 239     Temple

C     Kirk Barron     6’2” 309     Purdue

C     Dillon Day     6’3” 301     Mississippi State

OT     Isaiah Battle 6’6” 312 Clemson

OT      Quinterrius Eatmon     6’6” 312     South Florida

OT     Michael Dunn     6’5” 300     Maryland

G     Venzell Boulware     6’3” 306     Tennessee

G     William Campbell     6’5” 309     Michigan

Campbell was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Vipers in the 2020 XFL Draft and was later traded to Seattle.

G     Cyril Richardson     6’5” 329     Baylor

Richardson was an All-American offensive lineman at Baylor in 2013 and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

DE     Marcel Frazier     6’5” 256     Missouri

DE     Praise Martin-Oguike     6’0” 258     Temple

DE     Durrant Miles     6’4” 263     Boise State

DE     Jacquies Smith     6’3” 353     Missouri

DT     Anthony Johnson     6’3” 279     Florida International

DT     Stansly Maponga     6’2” 265     TCU

Maponga was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the team. Up until he was drafted by the Dragons, he also spent time with the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Denver Broncos.

DT     Anthony Moten     6’4” 315     Miami (FL.)

DT     Will Sutton     6’1” 303     Arizona State

Sutton was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was released by the team in 2017 and played with the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, as well as the AFF’s Arizona Hotshots before being drafted by the Dragons.

DT     Pasoni Tasini     6’4” 297     Utah

DT     Jordan Thompson     6’2” 284     Northwestern

LB     Steven Johnson     6’1” 239     Kansas

LB     Nyles Morgan     6’1” 230     Notre Dame

LB     Kyle Queiro     6’2” 215     Northwestern

LB     Nick Temple     5’10” 224     Cincinnati

CB     Johnathan Alston     6’1” 206     North Carolina State

CB     Jeremy Clark     6’3” 206     Michigan

CB     Marko Myers     5’10” 185    Southeastern

CB     Mohammed Seisay     6’1” 202     Nebraska

Seisay is another well-known name on the Dragons who has played in NFL, CFL, and AAF. In 2015 he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks from the Detroit Lions, playing some time with the Legion of Boom.

CB     Channing Stribling     6’2” 188     Michigan

CB     Steve Williams     5’9” 181     California

S     Tyson Graham     6’2” 208     South Dakota

S     Godwin Igwebuike      6’0”      212 Northwestern

S     Jordan Martin     6’1” 204     Syracuse

S     Santos Ramirez     6’1” 202     Arkansas

LS     Noah Borden     6’1” 220     Hawaii

K     Ernesto Lacayo     5’8”      180 Hastings

P     Brock Miller     5’11” 190     Southern Utah

Rule Changes:

The biggest difference between the XFL and the NFL are the rules. The NFL has made a lot of noise these past few seasons over rule changes and officiating. The XFL—in its own words—is focused on innovating “a faster pace of play and more action”.

Some of the rule changes include:

  • On kickoffs, the kicker is responsible from kicking from their own 30-yard line and the ball must land between the opponent’s 20-yard line and the endzone.
    • Out-of-bounds kicks and kicks short of the 20-yard line will be given a penalty.
  • After a touchdown, teams have the option of going for one, two, or three extra points from the two, five, or ten-yard lines.
  • If a forward pass is completed behind the line of scrimmage, they can throw another forward pass.
    • In the NFL, a team may only attempt one forward pass.
  • Overtime will work in rounds (five rounds) and teams will earn the opportunity to score on one attempt (worth two points) from their opponent’s five-yard line.

Note

An important thing to note is that XFL players are simply NFL prospects and are looking to make their way onto an NFL roster. On April 27, following the conclusion of the XFL season, NFL teams will be able to try out and sign XFL players.

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