XFL announces its eight allocated quarterbacks

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The XFL will fill out 71-man rosters for its eight teams with a two-day draft that begins today. The process has commenced with the allocation of eight quarterbacks by the league office.

The resurrected upstart spring league has announced the pairings of eight quarterbacks and teams. They are as follows: Landry Jones to the Dallas Renegades; Cardale Jones (pictured) to the DC Defenders; Phillip Walker to the Houston Roughnecks; Luis Perez to the L.A. Wildcats; Matt McGloin to the New York Guardians; Jordan Ta’amu to the St. Louis Battlehawks; Brandon Silvers to the Seattle Dragons; and Aaron Murray to the Tampa Bay Vipers.

It’s unclear how or why the league made these decisions, and why those eight were allocated while quarterbacks like Zach Mettenberger, Joe Callahan, and Tyree Jackson are in the draft pool.

The two Joneses — Landry and Cardale — are perhaps the most accomplished of the bunch. The overall quality of the quarterbacks that the XFL has attracted raises real questions regarding whether the XFL will be any more compelling than the quickly-defunct AAF.

34 responses to “XFL announces its eight allocated quarterbacks

  1. The LA Chargers can’t draw any fans. What makes them think the LA Wildcats will? XFL must be starting a Mexican Football League in the pro-sports saturated Los Angeles market.

  2. Fans won’t watch these 8 QB’s play in the NFL preseason so I find it hard to believe fans will watch a rival football league that’s quality of play will rival the NFL preseason.

  3. Since we all are simply rooting for the laundry they better make sure that laundry looks legit. No gimmicky designs or chinsy looks. Take a look at the classic uniforms from other leagues and capture that feel. It’s an uphill battle starting a new league. Uniforms won’t make the league a success but it will be one of the first things people see when they tune in. You can lose plenty of people before they watch a down by having weak uniforms.

  4. That “league” is going to be mouthbreathingly entertaining…

    … as it accelerates the impending decline of American football.

  5. I personally didn’t watch a play of the AAF, of course there wasn’t a lot of time before the fold, but I will try to give this a watch in the spring. What do you others think, are you going to give the XFL a chance or is this “minor league” football from the jump and not worth a view? What say you?

  6. A bunch of these QBs are bouncing in straight from the AAF. Not sure they’ll be any more exciting to watch in the XFL.

  7. If there are less than 32 penalties per game, sign me up. As an added bonus, if they can narrow down holding or blocking in the back penalties on kick returns from the 80% clip of the NFL I’d buy tickets.

  8. Not that the nfl isn’t “mouthbreathingly entertaining”
    with embarrassingly stupid skits in the endzone.

    If I wanted dancing and show tunes… I’d go to Broadway.

    Just spike the ball (with flavor) because you are embarrassing yourselves.

  9. They should throw money at Kaepernick, Tebow, Luck, maybe Vince Young or maybe Michael Vick? Vick’s ‘only’ 39. These guys would at least be names people actually recognize. Give them each like $10M guaranteed for 3 years of work. That’ll help get the league off the ground. Vince McMahon is worth $2.8BILLION. He can spare $30M to get this thing further off the ground.

  10. The AAF crumbling was the worst thing that could have happened to the XFL. If they both started to fizzle out together they could have had an AAF/XFL super bowl to boost ratings. I think it would have worked. I’d have tuned in for that, honestly.

  11. I think this is gamble to water down the nfl product
    with hope that people abandon football and watch wrestling…

    … or…

    … it (miraculously) becomes financially successful
    and they are bought by the nfl for ANOTHER expansion.

  12. “minor league” football
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    It’s not minor league football. They officially have zero affiliation with the NFL. This is a league that will attempt to rival the NFL with sub standard talent. It’s guaranteed to fail. The only way this will not fail is if the world ends before the XFL can file for chapter 11.

    The NFL, NBA and MLB have no rivals. And it’s not by accident.

  13. The other QB’s were drafted so there should be good competition at least. I’m looking forward to watching football after the NFL season. I don’t think it’s meant to compete with the NFL, just be a different option after the NFL season is done for football fans like me. I like that it will be a bit different also and hopefully the rules don’t ruin the experience as it seems to in too many NFL games lately.

  14. They are making the same mistakes as the AFL. 1) Don’t start this league in February. No one wants to go to a stadium in over half theses towns at this time and you are trying to serve SPAM after just having a steak dinner. The NFL just served up the best of the best and you think guys who couldn’t make the league are going to entertain? Won’t happen. 2) Don’t put these games in big stadiums where the insurance is high and the cheapest ticket will be $60. Also start regional so you can keep your cost down. Put 3 teams in Texas (where you can keep your taxes down) and 5 in other southern states. The travel you making yourself here alone will bankrupt your league. Look at how minor leagues operate now. They use small stadiums and teams largely bus to games and in baseball they play everyday.

    Those that think this will work show me the league that isn’t affiliated with the major sport that does or ever has? You don’t see big TV deals for minor league sports because they simply don’t generate the views. Once March Madness hits and the NBA/NHL is getting to their playoff push you are only going to get those fans that like nothing but football and don’t have families. Can’t sustain yourself on that.

  15. doctorrustbelt says:

    October 15, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Not that the nfl isn’t “mouthbreathingly entertaining”
    with embarrassingly stupid skits in the endzone.

    If I wanted dancing and show tunes… I’d go to Broadway.

    Just spike the ball (with flavor) because you are embarrassing yourselves.

    ——–
    Yet when there werent celebrations allowed in the endzone people were complaining it’s the No Fun League, people are gonna complain.

  16. you gotta go buy the rights to Tugavailoa Joe Burrow, Jake Fromma, Jalen Hurts and Trevor Lawrence. Rookie QBs have a ton of star power and the only thing that kills it is flopping in the NFL. Have straight star college QBs in this league and at least a few of them will look amazing just becuase somebody has to have wins.

  17. thefiesty1 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Definitely nothing to get excited about! Wonder who decided on those eight?
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    They were drafted.

  18. BuckyBadger says:
    October 15, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    They are making the same mistakes as the AFL. 1) Don’t start this league in February. No one wants to go to a stadium in over half theses towns at this time and you are trying to serve SPAM after just having a steak dinner. The NFL just served up the best of the best and you think guys who couldn’t make the league are going to entertain? Won’t happen. 2) Don’t put these games in big stadiums where the insurance is high and the cheapest ticket will be $60. Also start regional so you can keep your cost down. Put 3 teams in Texas (where you can keep your taxes down) and 5 in other southern states. The travel you making yourself here alone will bankrupt your league. Look at how minor leagues operate now. They use small stadiums and teams largely bus to games and in baseball they play everyday.

    Those that think this will work show me the league that isn’t affiliated with the major sport that does or ever has? You don’t see big TV deals for minor league sports because they simply don’t generate the views. Once March Madness hits and the NBA/NHL is getting to their playoff push you are only going to get those fans that like nothing but football and don’t have families. Can’t sustain yourself on that.
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    Not that I think it will be a success, but the tickets are cheap and so are the player salaries. The XFL has a 3 year deal with Fox & ESPN. So unlike the AAF,most people will be able to see these games. I don’t understand your comment about playing in February, the only chance for the XFL is to have no competition as far as football is concerned. Diehard fans are miserable without football from February thru July. People seem into having an alternative to the negatives that have been happening in the NFL over the last several years (What is a catch, isn’t a catch/ normal tackles being flagged/ pass interference deciding the outcome of games/ games taking too lone, even the national anthem is polarizing, etc..).

  19. I think Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Zak Prescott days are numbered. Look for them in XFL uniforms in 2022.

  20. If they can bring out the personalities of the players, they will be able to be successful. It’s hard to do, especially since the NFL markets its teams over its players so fandom is different. There’s more fans in the NBA that follow players, or individual personalities, which has created fans that are knowledgable about the entire league. That’s something the NFL and MLB need to learn from to continue their upward trend.

  21. Another league of pre season level football. The NCAA and NFL cover all the football the nation really needs or wants. Proven by 3/4 empty stadiums in some of the AAF games. Proven by the fact the CFL has never been a huge rival to either the NCAA or NFL in America. BTW how can you take a league seriously when every team is owned by one man? A man whose primary business is the scripted world of pro wrestling.

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