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 Houston Roughnecks hosted the Saint Louis Battle’Hawks to kick off Saturday’s action in each team’s second game. The Roughnecks entered the game hot after bringing down the Los Angeles Wildcats at home, 37-17. Meanwhile, the Saint Louis Battle’Hawks entered this game off of an upset 15-9 victory on the road over the Dallas Renegades.
Here are the scouting notes that you need to know from the Roughnecks 28-24 win over the Battle’Hawks.
PJ Walker is running for a league MVP
Roughnecks quarterback and ex-Temple star PJ Walker has had the most impressive opening weeks on the XFL out of any individual player. Last week, it was a 4 touchdown performance that put Walker on analyst’s radar. This week, it is a 3 score performance, and Walker has yet to throw an interception this season.
Walker isn’t just throwing the ball well, he’s making good, smart decisions, he’s extending plays and showing his mobility. He reminds me of Kyler Murray just a little bit, that is if Kyler was a little bit slower. He’s been the commanding force on the Roughnecks squad. His performance from this point on will dictate how the team plays as a whole.
Jordan Ta’amu made mistakes, but overall did he shine
Don’t forget about the Saint Louis quarterback, Jordan Ta’amu, who continues to be the league’s most accurate quarterback. Ta’amu was a favorite of mine in the 2019 NFL Draft class coming out of Ole Miss, I believe I placed a fourth-round grade on him. While he threw 2 interceptions in this game, only 5 balls hit the ground all game and Ta’amu threw for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Ta’amu is showing that he has the raw skill set to be successful at the next level. He’s lethal as a rushing threat and can move outside of the pocket and pick up valuable yardage. Ta’amu also has an NFL caliber arm and accuracy, something that not many in this league can also claim. We want to continue to monitor Ta’amu, and see if he progresses throughout the season.
- Roughnecks defensive tackle Gabe Wright had a fantastic day. The former Auburn product and fourth-round NFL Draft selection collected 2 tackles-for-loss out of his 4 tackles, and half of a sack. He was especially good on fourth down when it counted.
- Roughnecks wide receiver Cam Phillips had another very good day. He was a star last week, and continued the hot streak this week as well, torching the Battle’Hawks secondary for 63 yards on 8 catches and 3 touchdowns. His touchdown in the back of the end zone was most impressive, showing his skillset very clearly. His big body and frame allow him to be a force in the red zone, and that’s exactly what happened.
Are PJ Walker and Cam Phillips the scariest duo in the XFL?
— Forever Gridiron🏈 (@ForeverGridiron) February 17, 2020