Week three of the XFL season is underway, and the games from a match-up standpoint seem to be a bit underwhelming this week for the first time of the season as we are starting to grasp the better teams in the league.
This week, the Seattle Dragons complete the final half of their two-game homestand, hosting the Dallas Renegades who are finishing up a two-game road trip. The Renegades, the favorites to win the XFL, are coming off their first win of the season, a 25-18 win over the Los Angeles Wildcats. The Dragons also are coming off of their first win of the season, a 17-9 slugfest over the Tampa Bay Vipers.
Let’s get into these notes then.
Donald Parham is the man – why isn’t he in the NFL?
Renegades tight end Donald Parham has been one of the shining stars early on in this league, and the question has become why isn’t Parham in the NFL? He’s become Landry Jones’ go-to man in the league, and now with his freaky combination of size (6’8″) and speed (outran the Dragons secondary), Parham looks like he is exactly the mismatch that people want in an NFL tight end.
Parham this week collected 5 catches for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns, including his 65-yard score where Parham showed off his speed. He currently leads all tight ends with 14 receptions on the season for 217 yards (a 15.5 average) and 3 scores. He’s going to continue to get better. He’s already done that each day this week.
- Dragons linebacker Steven Johnson is working out well in this league. The Kansas product, who played NFL ball from 2012-2017, leads the XFL in tackles as of now and collected 14 more and 2 for loss in Saturday’s action. He had a good day keeping enough depth down the field to impact zones, and overall has been the heart of the Dragons defense.
- Dragons wide receiver Austin Proehl is trying to make a case to return to the NFL and is working to earn himself a second chance. He had quite the performance against the Renegades defense, collecting 6 catches for 81 yards and a beautiful touchdown catch. He’s good in contested catch situations and seems able to create enough separation to earn himself a second look.
- Renegades running back Cameron Artis-Payne needs to get another NFL chance. He can block, he is a nifty runner, and he catches very well – especially outside of his frame. He had another good day as the complimentary back to the passing offense, rushing for 80 yards and collecting all 6 of his targets for an additional 30 yards. The best part? The majority of those rushing yards came in the fourth quarter when the Renegades were closing out the game.