The pieces of the XFL continue to take shape as after the first group of Quarterbacks were officially released and assigned per Mike Mitchell, more Quarterbacks have been linked to the XFL. Per Source Former Hawaii QB Cole McDonald and Former Elon QB Davis Cheek have both been signed to XFL contracts for the upcoming 2023 season. Both QB’s were recently listed on Mike Mitchell’s 20 potential XFL QB list that was released on September 8th.
Both players recently have been working with the NFL alumni academy and were sent by the XFL. Per multiple sources and both leagues, all players who participate in the academy this season will receive an opt-in contract to join the XFL in 2023.
McDonald has been attached to the XFL since asking for his release in the CFL. Most recently seen at then Hawaii Showcase earlier this year, McDonald does bring professional experience to the XFL. The 6’4 California native, threw 70 Touchdowns during his two years starting at Hawaii, which led to him being a 7th round pick in 2020. After failing to get on with the Titans and Cardinals, McDonald played in one regular season game for the Toronto Argonauts however was released in May of 2022.
Davis Cheek is another true rookie that looks to be a part of the XFL’s promise to have “young talent”. Like Drew Plitt, Cheek was also cut during the 2022 NFL training camp by the Carolina Panthers upon the successful trade of Baker Mayfield. Cheek comes from Elon University an FCS school in North Carolina where he started 40 games over the span of five seasons.
As the XFL season creeps closer and closer it appears that fans and media alike are beginning to see more and more the pieces that will construct our favorite teams. With the addition of McDonald and Cheek now ten (possibly eleven with Bryan Scott) Quarterbacks are now associated with the XFL. With the addition of continued draft pool invites, and more players signing to the NFL Alumni Academy the picture of who will be taking the field come February 2023 becomes a bit clearer over the past several days.
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