The XFL kicked off today, and it showed us an incredible new side of spring football. Not only is the game more exciting with the tweaks in rule changes, but the talent performing in the league is also incredibly better than the players who performed in last years now-defunct AAF.
The Seattle Dragons started the season on the road against the DC Defenders in the league’s first game ever, aired on ABC. The Defenders defeated the Dragons, 31-19, and the football world is buzzing with the leagues exciting new format.
Here at Draft Rite, we will be scouting players in the league looking for those who may get a chance at playing in the NFL in 2020. Here are the first scouting notes of the season.
Both Starting Quarterbacks were up to the task
The DC Defenders started former Ohio State national champion, Cardale Jones, at quarterback, and he immediately looked up to the task. Jones would complete 16 of his 26 pass attempts for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns. While there were a few reads that he could have made better, Jones showed overall good decision making, field awareness, and you can see that Pep Hamilton is a good coach to be the level-headed patient man Jones needs and bring the best out of him this season.
The Dragons quarterback, Brandon Silvers, didn’t have the most efficient game. However, the ball looked really good coming out of his hands, and his fundamentals were solid. His footwork and his release looked very good. Although his stat line wasn’t the greatest, 21 of 40 pass attempts for 217 yards and a 3-2 touchdown to interception ratio, Silvers displayed an NFL level arm and tools in Saturday’s game.
Kenneth Farrow was the best running back in this game
Seattle boasted the best running back in this game, but it was one of the most unexpected names in the game. Kenneth Farrow, the ex-Houston Cougars running back, showed extraordinary field vision, excellent body control, and the ability to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield. He compiled 55 scrimmage yards and averaged over 5 yards per touch.
- Seattle wide receiver Austin Proehl had one of the more impressive days from the receivers in this game. His 57-yard touchdown catch was extraordinary in the fact that he took contact so close to the sideline and easily kept himself inbounds.
- Defenders linebacker AJ Tarpley had an outstanding game as both a leader and a smart defender. He correctly diagnosed several key plays of the game and ended the game with 5 tackles and a pass deflection.
- The Defenders’ cornerbacks were shut down most of the day. Desmond Lawrence and Elijah Campbell were both outstanding in man-to-man situations, combining for 4 pass deflections through the entire game. Both cornerbacks were physical, especially downfield, and dislodged several catch opportunities with their coverage.