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How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020

Post by MarkNelson » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:32 am

Article by Greg Parks:

How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020 (Part I) - Features players on AFC non-playoff teams.

https://xflboard.com/news/how-xfl-playe ... -part-one/

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Re: How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020

Post by Joker » Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:12 pm

It is so great to track how these players did in the NFL. It reminds the world that many players in the XFL are worthy of another chance in the big league.
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Re: How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020

Post by GregParks » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:11 pm

What struck me most about doing this project was just how many players advanced to the NFL, and stuck on rosters or practice squads, who were backups or minimal contributors in the XFL. For example, there were TWO third-string tight-ends in the XFL who landed on NFL teams. The most well-known XFL-backup-turned-NFL-player example now is Taylor Heinicke, who played behind Jordan Ta'amu in St. Louis.

While we use the excuse that "NFL scouts miss on players" to advocate for leagues like the XFL, it appears that XFL scouts miss, too. That, and sometimes it's more about system fits and how a player projects into a certain defensive/offensive system as anything else. And of course, timing and who you know play a part as well.
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Re: How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020

Post by Rangersking669 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:34 am

GregParks wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:11 pm
What struck me most about doing this project was just how many players advanced to the NFL, and stuck on rosters or practice squads, who were backups or minimal contributors in the XFL. For example, there were TWO third-string tight-ends in the XFL who landed on NFL teams. The most well-known XFL-backup-turned-NFL-player example now is Taylor Heinicke, who played behind Jordan Ta'amu in St. Louis.

While we use the excuse that "NFL scouts miss on players" to advocate for leagues like the XFL, it appears that XFL scouts miss, too. That, and sometimes it's more about system fits and how a player projects into a certain defensive/offensive system as anything else. And of course, timing and who you know play a part as well.
Yeah, for example I definitely think Ta'amu starting in St Louis was a system and league fit situation. Ta'amu made way more sense to start in this league than Heinicke and was the system fit. Ta'amu is no slouch either to be honest and I'm curious to see if he sticks around in Detroit

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Re: How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020

Post by GregParks » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:44 am

Rangersking669 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:34 am
GregParks wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:11 pm
What struck me most about doing this project was just how many players advanced to the NFL, and stuck on rosters or practice squads, who were backups or minimal contributors in the XFL. For example, there were TWO third-string tight-ends in the XFL who landed on NFL teams. The most well-known XFL-backup-turned-NFL-player example now is Taylor Heinicke, who played behind Jordan Ta'amu in St. Louis.

While we use the excuse that "NFL scouts miss on players" to advocate for leagues like the XFL, it appears that XFL scouts miss, too. That, and sometimes it's more about system fits and how a player projects into a certain defensive/offensive system as anything else. And of course, timing and who you know play a part as well.
Yeah, for example I definitely think Ta'amu starting in St Louis was a system and league fit situation. Ta'amu made way more sense to start in this league than Heinicke and was the system fit. Ta'amu is no slouch either to be honest and I'm curious to see if he sticks around in Detroit
Ta'amu didn't sign a futures contract with Detroit, so he's now a free agent (as is my understanding).
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Re: How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020

Post by GregParks » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:14 pm

GregParks wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:44 am
Rangersking669 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:34 am
GregParks wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:11 pm
What struck me most about doing this project was just how many players advanced to the NFL, and stuck on rosters or practice squads, who were backups or minimal contributors in the XFL. For example, there were TWO third-string tight-ends in the XFL who landed on NFL teams. The most well-known XFL-backup-turned-NFL-player example now is Taylor Heinicke, who played behind Jordan Ta'amu in St. Louis.

While we use the excuse that "NFL scouts miss on players" to advocate for leagues like the XFL, it appears that XFL scouts miss, too. That, and sometimes it's more about system fits and how a player projects into a certain defensive/offensive system as anything else. And of course, timing and who you know play a part as well.
Yeah, for example I definitely think Ta'amu starting in St Louis was a system and league fit situation. Ta'amu made way more sense to start in this league than Heinicke and was the system fit. Ta'amu is no slouch either to be honest and I'm curious to see if he sticks around in Detroit
Ta'amu didn't sign a futures contract with Detroit, so he's now a free agent (as is my understanding).
Well, he's not a free agent anymore - he's back on Kansas City's practice squad as of today.
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Re: How XFL players fared in the NFL in 2020

Post by Rangersking669 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:55 am

GregParks wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:44 am
Rangersking669 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:34 am
GregParks wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:11 pm
What struck me most about doing this project was just how many players advanced to the NFL, and stuck on rosters or practice squads, who were backups or minimal contributors in the XFL. For example, there were TWO third-string tight-ends in the XFL who landed on NFL teams. The most well-known XFL-backup-turned-NFL-player example now is Taylor Heinicke, who played behind Jordan Ta'amu in St. Louis.

While we use the excuse that "NFL scouts miss on players" to advocate for leagues like the XFL, it appears that XFL scouts miss, too. That, and sometimes it's more about system fits and how a player projects into a certain defensive/offensive system as anything else. And of course, timing and who you know play a part as well.
Yeah, for example I definitely think Ta'amu starting in St Louis was a system and league fit situation. Ta'amu made way more sense to start in this league than Heinicke and was the system fit. Ta'amu is no slouch either to be honest and I'm curious to see if he sticks around in Detroit
Ta'amu didn't sign a futures contract with Detroit, so he's now a free agent (as is my understanding).
and he's back in KC now on the practice squad

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