- A.J. McCarron, the former St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback, has joined the Cincinnati Bengals’ 53-man roster.
- Chris Blair, previously with the D.C. Defenders, has been promoted to the Atlanta Falcons’ 53-man roster.
- Both players showcased outstanding performances in the XFL, leading to their rise in the NFL.
With the season ending injury to Bengals Star QB Joe Burrow, former St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback A.J. McCarron has secured a position on the Cincinnati Bengals’ 53-man roster. This transition follows his tenure on the Bengals practice squad since September. McCarron’s time with the Battlehawks was marked by stellar performances, including leading the XFL with 24 passing touchdowns and an overall count of 26 touchdowns. His remarkable 68.8% completion rate topped the league’s charts, and he ranked second with 203 completions and 2,150 passing yards. Despite moving to the NFL, the Battlehawks retain McCarron’s rights, indicating a potential return to the XFL in the future.
McCarron will be the backup to starting QB Jake Browning. Browning was 19-26 for 227 yards 1 TD, 1 INT in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 10 – 16 Sunday.
Similarly, former D.C. Defenders wide receiver Chris Blair has made his way to the NFL, being promoted to the Atlanta Falcons’ 53-man roster. Blair’s promotion comes after a stint on the Falcons practice squad, beginning on September 27. The roster move came after the Falcons’ recent 24-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
During the 2023 XFL season, Blair was a key player for the Defenders, leading the team in receiving yards (594) and yards per catch (22.9), along with securing 26 receptions and three touchdowns. Alongside punter Daniel Whelan, who is now with the Green Bay Packers, Blair is one of two former Defenders to join an active NFL roster. Former XFL 2020 LA Wildcat OL Storm Norton is also on the roster.
These moves highlight the XFL’s role as a breeding ground for NFL talent, demonstrating that the league is more than capable of nurturing players who can excel at the highest levels of football. This is welcomed news as fans of the XFL and USFL await news on the pending merger.
Unleash the Action: Sign up for XFL Insider and Fuel Your Passion for Football!
USFL and XFL Merger: A Deep Dive into the Historic Collaboration
/ 2 months ago
Welcome to Episode 216 of the “XFL Week In Review,” your premier destination for...