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XFL Year-End Team Review – Recap Year 1 Of The Dallas Renegades

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Air Raid: B+

Starting with the quarterbacks, we saw some serious potential here. When Landry Jones was in rhythm, the offense looked unstoppable. In just 3 starts he threw for 784 yards and 5 TD’s, but the 7 picks were problematic. It seemed that his penchant for early game interceptions was balanced by an ability for late-game heroics, but the gunslinger mentality can cause issues with the team throwing it 40+ times per game.

Donald Parham was catapulted into massive success in his first year, and was the Renegades top receiver in 2020. He also led all XFL tight ends with 24 receptions, 307 yards and 4 TD’s.

The 6’8″ target was a monster out of the slot, and if he is not signed to the NFL, should be primed for great year in 2021. It seems that the slot was a popular option for Dallas QB’s as Flynn Nagel was the 2nd most productive receiver on the team. The versatile receiver proved himself to be a reliable safety valve.

Lance Dunbar was the next most productive target, with 154 yards, followed by Jeff Badet (108), Cameron Artis-Payne (101) and Joshua Crockett (86).

The pass game relied largely on slot options and running backs, but this WR corps has huge untapped potential.

I shouted it from the rooftops all season, but if the offense can get Jeff Badet and his 4.27 speed into space over the top, he’ll be unstoppable. Jazz Ferguson also has gamebreaking potential with a 6’5″ frame and 4.45 speed, and could develop into a top red zone option. Joshua Crockett proved himself a good jump ball target with 50-50 catch ability, and we haven’t even seen CFL veteran Armanti Edwards take the field yet.

In 2020, the Renegades showed us a good view of what this offense is capable of, but I think they only just scratched the surface.

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Matt Nagashima has been covering the XFL since before the 2019 Draft, and has witnessed history being made as a Credentialed Reporter for the Dallas Renegades. While he is engrossed with the X's and O's, the roster building and more, it has always been his goal to keep the players first in mind in coverage, showing the human aspect of this sport behind all the action on the field. With Dany Garcia and Dwayne The Rock Johnson now at the helm, he's excited to see all the opportunities that this league will create for players to showcase their talent and make their dreams come true.

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