After another weekend of action, we’re getting a clearer sense of who’s who in the XFL, and there were some fantastic performances in our second week. The Defenders and Roughnecks look like the teams to beat, and it’s exciting to see new stars on the field. The XFL News Hub Staff has voted, and here’s our picks for Player of the Week in all 3 phases.
Offense: WR Cam Phillips – HOU
The Roughnecks had another big week, putting up 28 points in a shootout with St. Louis. Phillip Walker tossed 3 TD’s, all of them to Cam Phillips. The former Virginia Tech wideout had 8 catches for 63 yards and those 3 scores, and is quickly becoming Walker’s favorite target. He and Walker were on the same page all day, especially when plays broke down, and especially in the red zone.
Phillips was previously a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he had just one reception for 9 yards in regular season play. Now that he’s gotten a shot in the XFL, he’s the Roughnecks receiving leader with 12 receptions, 130 yards and 4 TD’s. And the 24 year old is just getting started.
Defense: LB Steven Johnson – SEA
An honorable mention in last week’s awards, Johnson really stepped up and proved that he’s the leader on this defense. In a 17-9 win over Tampa Bay, he logged 10 tackles on the day. He made a lot of big stops in crucial moments, and it seemed live every time someone made a tackle, he was there. On any given play he was flowing towards the ball, and was a huge part of the defensive squad that held the Vipers Offense to zero touchdowns.
We’re only two games in, and the former Bronco has 18 tackles. The veteran LB has previously played in Denver, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and had a big outing with the Arizona Hotshots of the AAF. He’s definitely established himself as the guy in Seattle.
Special Teams: K Ty Rausa – DC
The Defenders offense had a field day in a 27-0 blowout of the NY Guardians, and while everyone on that squad was firing on all cylinders their Kicker did a lot for them too. Ty Rausa made 3/3 Field Goals on the day, and is quickly becoming one of the XFL’s most reliable placekickers.
He’s 5/6 on the season with a long of 54.
QB Phillip Walker – HOU (20/31 Passing, 170 yards, 3 TD. 4 Rush, 27 Yards)
RB Cameron Artis-Payne – DAL (99 Rush Yards, 7.1 YPC, 2 TD’s. 5 Rec, 32 Yards)
WR Nelson Spruce – LA (11 Rec, 103 yards)
DE Marcel Frazier – SEA (1 Tackle, 1 TD Return)
LB DeMarquis Gates – HOU (9 Tackles, 1 Sack)
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