The XFL is halfway through its 10-game season, and excellent, explosive talent has been on display so far this season. We’re going to highlight five standout performers so far this season so that you know whom to keep an eye on going into the second half of the season and into the playoffs. Fans have been surprised at the firepower of some of the players that they’ve seen playing in the XFL this year.
- P.J. Walker (QB), Houston Roughnecks
P.J. Walker has been putting on a show for fans of the Houston Roughnecks this year. Walker is widely regarded as one of the favorites to win the XFL MVP award this year. He’s completed 63% of his passes for 987 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he has only two interceptions. His team is also doing extremely well. Many oddsmakers are predicting that the Roughnecks will win the XFL Championship this year. Additionally, some are wondering if Walker deserves a shot in the NFL. Even NFL fans who love explosive, high-scoring games are noticing Walker’s success in the XFL and talking about his potential NFL impact in various online discussion forums.
- Jordan Ta’amu (QB), St. Louis Battlehawks
Jordan Ta’amu has been an excellent leader for the St. Louis Battlehawks. He is among the top two quarterbacks in the league in terms of completion percentage (75.2%) and passer rating (105.9). He also leads the XFL in total yards with 1,062. Although Walker is currently the front-runner for the 2020 XFL MVP award, Ta’amu is using his arms and his legs to help St. Louis win. It will be interesting to see how Ta’amu and Walker compare going forward. Both players are extremely explosive.
- Cam Phillips (WR), Houston Roughnecks
P.J. Walker and Cam Phillips have quickly become the most dynamic Quarterback/Wide Receiver combination in the XFL. The former Virginia Tech star has been spending a lot of time with Walker both on and off the field. The two spend hours on the practice field together, and they also eat together often as well. Their chemistry definitely carries over to the field. Phillips has 333 yards and 7 touchdowns so far this season. Look for him to bounce back after a quiet game recently against the Dallas Renegades.
- Josh Johnson (QB), Los Angeles Wildcats
Josh Johnson is an interesting player. The former Washington Redskins NFL QB is carving up the competition. Johnson actually led the Redskins to wins at the end of the 2018 NFL season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the XFL, Johnson is not on a team that is doing very well. This is similar to his situation in the NFL with the Redskins. Despite that, Johnson is doing extremely well. He’s leading the XFL in Quarterback Passer Rating (106.6). He’s definitely a player to watch moving forward.
- Donald Parham (TE), Dallas Renegades
A “freak of nature” is how some describe the 6’8″, 257-pound Donald Parham. Parham has experience playing basketball and also spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins last year in the NFL. He did not actually start playing football until his last year in high school, so Parham is still developing as a player. The XFL may just be the opportunity Parham has been waiting for. He’s now established himself as one of the most exciting and productive pass-catching Tight Ends in the league today.
Impact Players Favorited to Win the XFL MVP
Quarterbacks generally get the most attention in football, and the XFL has several exciting QBs. The two that are making the most impact this year so far appear to be P.J. Walker and Jordan Ta’amu. Although Walker is currently the favorite to win the MVP, Ta’amu could come on strong during the 2nd half of the season and into the playoffs. The MVP may be awarded to whichever one of these two quarterbacks leads his team to the best record. Right now, Houston looks tough to beat.