The XFL is a professional football league that was set up to potentially bridge the gap between college and the professional NFL and has had a rather rocky time over the last few years.
After being brought back in 2020 by Vince McMahon, the league would only be able to operate for five weeks before it had to be cancelled because of circumstances beyond their control.
Indeed, at the time, the Houston Roughnecks had a 5-0 record and would have been in a solid position to go on and win the inaugural competition. Indeed, that is the same record that the Arizona Cardinals currently have in the NFL; something that has excited everyone who has decided to get involved in football betting as they have become a team to back recently when they take to the field.
The league is scheduled to return in the near future following the acquisition by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Danny Garcia, although that has been pushed from 2022 to 2023 with a spring date having been initially penciled.
When taking a look at the XFL in the last edition of the competition, there were a number of wide receivers who were impressive for their franchises and were able to put up a number of points on the board. We take a look at some of them here:
Colby Pearson was one wide receiver who was able to perform well in the XFL during its brief stint, with the former Green Bay Packer able to turn his first couple of quiet weeks into something that really made people take notice.
Once Luis Perez took over at QB for the New York Guardians, Pearson managed to lead the team in targets, whilst also being able to score an 80-yard touchdown against the Dallas Renegades in Week 5.
An experienced NFL wide receiver who is currently a free agent, Tre McBride started to show why he had numerous years in the league in Week 3 after playing for the LA Wildcats in the XFL.
He became quarterback Josh Johnson’s favorite target and put in an exceptional performance against his former team, the D.C. Defenders, when he had 109 yards & 2 touchdowns with just five receptions on six targets.
Having been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins & Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, L’Damian Washington would have expected to be a success at St. Louis BattleHawks and he proved to be in the short time he had with the team.
The wide receiver made a number of long-yardage situation catches that helped his team get out of a number of predicaments as he became a favorite target for his quarterback at the time.
Tampa Bay Vipers had Dan Williams available as a wide receiver in the inaugural season of the XFL and he made a serious impact with what he was doing on the field.
He attended NFL mini-camps with the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions in 2018 before signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets, before time with Washington, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks.
In five games for the Vipers, he had 23 catches for 338 yards and one touchdown, becoming the XFL’s second-leading receiver before it had to be cancelled.
It should not come as a surprise to see Houston Roughnecks’ Cam Phillips in this list of best XFL wide receivers as he had seven touchdown passes in the first three weeks before the league was cancelled and was a major reason why they were able to boast an unbeaten 5-0 record at the time. Six of the seven touchdown passes he had came in back-to-back games where he scored three in each before he managed to amass nine in total and being named one of the Midseason All-XFL Team players (alongside Williams).
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