Landry Jones passes for 305 yards in first game in 777 days

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Landry Jones became the face of the XFL when the startup league made him the first signee. Jones missed last week’s opener with a knee injury, so Sunday marked his first start in 777 days.

“It felt great,” Jones said in his postgame interview with ABC.

The Dallas Renegades (who play in Arlington) got their first win, covering the spread in a 25-18 victory over the Los Angeles Wildcats. Jones was . . . merely OK.

Or in his words “bad.”

“We are a gritty team, and I played about as bad as you can play, and I’m very, very thankful for the win and thank God that I got out of here healthy,” said Jones, whose last game came on Dec. 31, 2017, when he led the Steelers to a 28-24 victory over the Browns.

On Sunday, Jones completed 28 of 40 passes for 305 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He was better in the second half than the first, going 11-of-14 for 128 yards and a score.

He wasn’t satisfied with anything other than the win.

“Just call a spade a spade. You know what I mean?” said Jones, who also had four carries for 13 yards. “Let’s not sugar coat things. That’s the only way you’re going to get better. We play in a public arena and for all the world to watch, so it’s not a secret that I didn’t play very good today. I’m sure I’m going to get on Twitter and have all kind of haters. A win’s a win. It wasn’t pretty, but we got it done.”

In his four seasons in Bob Stoops’ offense at Oklahoma, Jones threw for 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns. That’s why the Renegades were a favorite to win the first XFL title.

But without Jones in the season opener, the Renegades lost to the St. Louis BattleHawks 15-9 last week.

17 responses to “Landry Jones passes for 305 yards in first game in 777 days

  1. One thing is for sure Landry and his brother Cardale Jones are tearing up this league, we haven’t seen two brothers play this well since Carson and Jordan Palmer

  2. I watched the game all the way through. Found the live interviews and coaches audio to be interesting. I think this the best stuff since the USFL. And I am old enough to have watched it live

  3. I went to the game. Good competitive football. Quirky rules but it made the game more interesting and fun to watch. Landry Jones was hot and cold. Made a couple of bad interceptions and a horrible slide but then he made some very good plays. I think this league can survive and I will buy season tickets again next year. Food and beer still remain very expensive.

  4. okcuc says:
    February 16, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    I think this the best stuff since the USFL.
    Wow. That’s high praise. Like saying it’s the best Ford since the Edsel.

  5. It’s almost a guarantee that the XFL will be a tidbit in history if Jones & Jones are its headliners… Even Johnny M. knows better to stay clear of a short term video game using real people. — It’s an embarrassment.

  6. Watching PJ Walker with the Houston Roughnecks and this kid is pretty sharp. Sure it’s not against elite competition but he can play circles around Landry…

  7. Bottomline – its better than top 10 college and not NFL maybe 60-65% on a scale from top 10 college to NFL

    And getting better.

    StL at Houston is a fun game. QBs playing well.

    Landry is being humble, he played well.

  8. Lol i dont understand some peoples negativity. Whats the point in automatically writing something off or even hoping it dies? If youre a football fan why wouldnt you want an alternative to watch?

  9. “Covering the spread 25-18”.

    Who talks that way about a game?

    Wake up America, stop giving your money to fan duel and sports books.

    Seriously, dump into an IRA already.

  10. Steelers would probably have made the playoffs with Jones last season. Even average QB play would have been an upgrade.

  11. I’ve watched a few quarters of the games over the past two weeks. It’s obviously not NFL type talent but, it’s a watchable product in my opinion.

    I do enjoy hearing the communication between coach and players. The mid game side line player interviews are interesting. Reporters are asking QB’s about interceptions/RB’s about fumbles. Literally a few plays after their mistake. It’s only a matter of time before one of the players completely goes ape shi_ on live air. Get your 🍿 🍿 ready. It’s gonna be good

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