With a recent barrage of athletes “declaring” for the USFL draft I’m diving deep into the NFL/XFL/CFL vault for this player highlight. Our highlighted player is Chase Litton known as “Boog” is a professional quarterback most recently released in July by the Ottawa RedBlacks. Litton was undrafted out of Marshall in 2018 and would be signed by Kansas City after the draft.
After spending 2018 on the Chiefs practice squad, Litton would be cut in August 2019 in favor of Kyle Shurmur. Litton would then be claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and assigned to their practice squad only to be released about eight weeks later.
Upon his release, Litton would not be signed by any NFL team for the remainder of 2019 and would find himself in the XFL. He would be allocated to the Seattle Dragons only to then be traded to the Tampa Bay Vipers before ultimately being released in March of 2020. Litton’s last cup of coffee in the pro’s would be in the CFL playing for Ottawa Redblacks. Litton would be released during training camp and has not been signed by any team since.
Per his trainer and Chad Pennington.
“Litton’s game translates to the NFL. The fact he is so big but dances and slides well in the pocket is a plus. His willingness to throw darts across the field as well as downfield are NFL desirables. He does not require a perfect pocket to operate.”
Pennington delivers high praise for Litton back in 2018 during his pre-draft process, though was a tad weary about how he would handle the exterior factors relating to being a professional athlete. Regardless, of his past Litton has continued to mature and seem to learn from his mistakes, as he has not had an issue since becoming a professional.
Ultimately, Litton appears to be perfect for the USFL in their inaugural season. The 26 year old boasts a ton of potential, and does have a bit of experience working with some great offensive coaches (Andy Reid, Paul LaPolice) which could help transition his game to a higher level.
With the USFL set to begin in less than 100 days I believe they need players like Chase who have experience in several different leagues and multiple systems. Litton should be able to help transition the younger less experience players into young professional athletes by showing them what it means to flexible and resilient in new situations, while also learning from their mistakes.
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