Last night on the XFL Guardians social media accounts the team announced WR Taivon Jacobs had been dealt to the XFL Roughnecks for WR Joe Horn Jr. The will Guardians face off against the Roughnecks at home on March 14th.
WR Taivon Jacobs was expected to be a starting receiver and is considered to be a consistent deep threat after his last year at Maryland, where he averaged 12.2 yards a catch, and had 6 twenty-plus yard catches, with four touchdowns. Taivon was cut by the Ravens most recently, but his coach made sure to comment on his play.
“We’ve got a guy [Taivon Jacobs] from Maryland here; he looked really good.” – Ravens Coach Jim Harbough
Joe Horn Jr out of Missouri Western State (D2) is very similar to many players in the XFL, underrated, undrafted.
After college, Horn signed with the Baltimore Ravens. His father Joe Horn, who was JUCO product that made it to four Pro-Bowls, had been quoted saying the following to USA Today quickly after his son was cut by the Ravens.
“I do know he can play in that league,” “I taught him. I know he can run routes better than most of the receivers that start in the NFL. You can quote me on that. He might get upset when he sees that, but that’s a fact.” “He knows what it takes because he’s been at my level trying to make a team before,”
Both of these players join crowded rosters. Nothing is a guarantee and they will have to fight for any playing time. Though both players have the high-level experience, most in the XFL do as well, so they come into camp at an even playing field. Expect Taivon to gun for a starting spot, and Horn Jr to fight for playing time throughout the season.
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