30 Oct 2020

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XFL Scouting Notes: Tampa Bay Vipers – 9 @ Seattle Dragons – 17

The second week of XFL action is underway, and so far it’s been an exciting ride through new rule adaptions to an awesome game of football. Thus far, the XFL has been a success as public interest is quickly growing with the league.

The Seattle Dragons hosted the Tampa Bay Vipers to kick off Saturday’s action in each team’s second game. The Dragons entered the game off a 19-31 loss to the DC Defenders. Meanwhile, the Vipers entered this game as arguably the worst team in the league off of a 3-23 loss to the New York Guardians.

Here are the scouting notes that you need to know from the Seattle Dragons 17-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Vipers.

Keenan Reynolds deserves another shot at the NFL

Keenan Reynolds was a quarterback at Navy back in the day, who received special permission to pursue his NFL career after his senior season in 2016. After bouncing around practice squads, Reynolds made his way last season into the AAF and now this year in the XFL. He’s been nothing but explosive during his time in the league so far.

Feb 15, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Dragons wide receiver Keenan Reynolds (19) races to the end zone for a touchdown during the second half against the Tampa Bay Vipers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The most impressive part of his game is his versatility. He can play quarterback, running back, or wide receiver. Reynolds is also the team’s part-time kick-off and punt-returner. He came down with 3 catches for 87 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown catch and run that put Seattle back into the game and changed the momentum, and then caught a two-point conversion (an impressive catch too) that put Seattle up by 5.

I think that it’s worth noting that Reynolds has progressed tremendously as a receiver, as he has been required to learn a lot of the nuances from scratch since leaving Navy. He’s learning it, and now he’s using his athleticism to win better along with the techniques he’s had to learn. He still has upside, and I think he’s worked himself into having a shot at playing at the next level.

Other Notes

  • Former Florida State running back Jacques Patrick was one of the few bright spots to the Vipers offense. The power running back plowed his way to 73 yards on 14 carries. He struggled to be consistent throughout the game (especially on short-yardage situations) but overall, it was the most impressive offensive performance that we have seen from a Vipers player yet.
  • Quarterback play is the limitation that the Vipers are facing. They started Taylor Cornelius over Aaron Murray this week and even switched between Cornelius and Quinton Flowers throughout the game. It didn’t work, as the two quarterbacks combined for three interceptions and didn’t help while blowing their 9-0 lead.
  • Anthuola Kelly is the hero on the Vipers defense for the second straight week. This week, he collected 4 tackles and a pass deflection, where he showed his incredible recovery skills and unwillingness to give up. I want to know how Kelly would test at the NFL Combine.
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