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XNH Players Of The Week: XFL Week 3, Cam Phillips Tops Again

Offense: WR Cam Phillips – HOU

8 Receptions, 194 yards, 3 TD

For the second straight week, Cam Phillips and PJ Walker have connected for Three Touchdowns. That’s just crazy. Can I call them Phil^2? These two are seemingly on the exact same page on every play. Cam had an 84 yard TD where he got his defender to completely bite on a curl route, before hauling it deep and making the score.

There’s everything to like here. From his tight route running, sure hands, pure athleticism and ability to read the defense on the fly, he’s already one of the XFL’s first stars, and we’re only 3 weeks in.

Defense: CB Mike Stevens – LA

6 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 Int, 2 PD

As Winston Moss and his underdog defense picked apart the high-rolling D.C. Defenders in a wildly unexpected 39-9 victory, corner Mike Stevens shone in a fantastic performance. While the Defense as a whole erased Cardale Jones’ undefeated starting streak, he personally made life difficult for the Defender’s star QB.

He didn’t just effectively shut down his end of the field, he made it a dangerous place for D.C. to put the ball. Quarterbacks are going to be wary of him moving forward.

Special Teams: K Taylor Russolino – STL

3/3 Field Goals, 58 Long

While the BattleHawks made the league’s first kickoff TD return, it was their kicker who really stole the show on Sunday. He hit field goals from 36, 39 and 58, which is the XFL’s standing record so far. That’s an elite performance regardless of league, and Russolino’s future is looking bright.

Honorable Mentions

S Joe Powell (STL) – 86 Yard Kickoff Return TD, 2 ST Tackles

QB Josh Johnson (LA) – 18/25 (72%), 278 Yards, 3 TD’s, 148.0 Rating

LB Steven Johnson (SEA) – 14 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 PD

LB Demarquis Gates (HOU) – 8 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PD

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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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