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Today we have a special guest because we're gonna talk XFL football with the man who covers it for XFL Hub.
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Thank you very much, Michael, for having me on.
Uh, So the XFL canceled its season amid the cove it 19 and as they should have But that means the players became free agents as, ah, yesterday at 9 a.m.
And we had to signings already.
Yes, there's even.
There's been three theatric Nichols, uh, the standout cornerback for the Houston Roughnecks, Time with Saints and then obviously the two quarterbacks.
Walker signing with Matt Rule and the Carolina Panthers and Jordan Tama signing with the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl champs.
So the NFL and accept our work together on this one because initially, the XFL players were not to be free agents, so their season ended.
Obviously, this season ended earlier than they wanted it to.
So they worked with the NFL teams and they work with their players to set it up where they can sign with NFL teams.
So good move on on both weeks apart.
Now, from a jest perspective, as both of us Air Jets fans, the Jets have made some okay moves in the off season.
So far, I'm going to start with the defense because everybody seems to think that the Jets are gonna go mostly offense in the draft.
So let's start with defense.
Are there any edge rushers from the XFL that the Jets could target? And B Okay, maybe I'm not sure how many of them are gonna be could be star edge rushers in the NFL.
But are there any one that stand out in your mind that the Jets should definitely target? Well, as a Jets fan, as you aren't just fan, I'm a just for over three decades now, it seems like get it? Finding and getting an Etch Russia has been the biggest issue for the Jets for years now, and so it's a such a premium position is very difficult to address on the Jets current roster.
They were fortunate to re sign Jordan Jenkins.
That's a big help.
When you look at their depth charge to Ralph Basham and a few other players there, they do not really have that speed rusher on the outside.
Unfortunately, I would say within the XFL, the weakest area, if you want to call it.
That was their edge rushers.
Now there are a few players.
They're very good in the front seven.
If you're looking for a player that potentially could come in and compete that is still young, I would look at it.
Andrew Ankara, who's a 23 year old with the outside linebacker, standup edge rusher, completely cut Cevennes.
Well, he was an SCS alone American, actually.
He was a standout player for the Orlando Pollos.
He played with the Redskins, was cut at camp at the end of cuts last season, and he's a good pass rusher only 23 years old.
And eso ah, hi, hi.
Character guy, highly decorated first team All American at James Madison.
So he's the type of guy 64 to 50 speed rusher Young.
Still, that has upside, and the Jets could use stepped in that area.
So I wouldn't be surprised if because the Jets Joe Douglas and his team did scout the XFL games.
I wouldn't be surprised if they looked a cluck.
A few diamonds in the rough there.
But it's as you know, Michael is a very difficult position to address, and the gentle kind of ignored it in previous drafts, passing on guys like Josh, Alan and other players like that.
So, um, hopefully they can unearth a gem somewhere.
But that is a difficult position to address for sure.
Yeah, they definitely have.
Ah, they tried to hit with Jordan Jenkins to find a diamond in the rough.
He just turns out to be an average edge rusher.
And just like the offensive line, they haven't really been ableto either find or work on it in the draft as far as another defensive position that they have a huge hole in that they actually tried toe fill with, uh ah, but sheer.
I think his last name is from the Colts.
Is there anybody from even from the XFL that stands out at corner? Absolutely.
It's one of the stronger positions in the XFL.
The Jets brought in Pierre to Sears.
You mentioned they brought back Brian Poole, good player for them.
Austin was the nice surprise, but they just concert.
We used some help, a corner and the XFL does have a good plethora of valuable and quality defensive. Fax.
One or two players I could think of actually played for the New York Guardians.
Tamara Summers is a player out of UConn.
He's actually New Jersey kid.
Only 24 years old, he was the second highest grated player in the alliance.
American football. A disposition.
A cornerback who's a shutdown corner in the XFL.
Give up no touchdowns.
Committed no penalties again, was stood out again.
So he's just missed the cut in the NFL with the with the Lions and with the Dolphins.
So, young guy, he's a very good man.
Corner Comm plays own good size.
He made game changing plays during the XFL season, one games for them, So he's a very good for another player.
That's kind of under the radar.
He doesn't fit as a outside corner, but he reminds me a lot since I've been a Jets fan for a long time of two Texas corners in Aaron Glenn and Ray ****ens, who plays for the Jets.
I don't right out of the multiple time Pro Bowler is ranted Ito.
Hot up Takada from TCU.
He's only five foot, £881.
But this kid was terrific and coverage.
There were games that he played this year.
We didn't give up a single yard.
So, um, and Profootballfocus is a very good job of tracking these players. The other 2/4.
I could think of this.
Josh Hawkins for the Dallas Renegades.
A lot of people will talk about camp.
Phillips was an excellent receiver in the XFL.
He shut down camp, filled the one catch for nine yards.
So he's another good man corner.
So yet the That's our virus.
McFadden for the Vipers.
It's also 612 corner from Florida State.
He played really well with the Tampa Bay bikers.
He made the first team all excess out, So there are some talented young corners and accept all that.
I think the Jets should take a look at, and hopefully they'll sign one of them.
Well, since you brought up Camp Phillips, let's let's talk about wide receivers because, uh, early on in the XFL season, it was mostly about the defense's, and that's you said that to note that is normal in football, defense is usually an offense early and then offenses started to pick up.
And when offenses started to pick up, that's when Camp Phillips started to pick pick up steam.
In fact, I thought he it was neck and neck with P.
Walker for the M V P because of the percentage of the offense he was responsible for in Houston until the last game, when he was shut down a little bit.
Talk about Camp Phillips and other wide receivers.
You think the Jet should target? Yeah, I'm a big fan of Camp Philip sitting back to college in Virginia Tech, and I think you'd be a very good fit on the Jets, I think.
Cancel asses the classic example like, ah, what value the XFL has because often times in the NFL.
If your star wide receiver in college, when you come into the NFL, if you don't break that starting three at wide receiver the 4th 5th and sixth wide receiver spots on NFL rosters, you have police specialties.
A lot of college star wide receivers is getting play special teams in college.
They have a hard time of breaking through a making it now.
Phillips didn't make it onto the Bills practice squad is still very young player.
Well, what happened to him at the end of the broke records of Virginia Tech? What happened to him was he got injured in his final season in college, and then he couldn't work out.
And when it didn't work out, he ran a poor 40 time.
Well, as you could be watching the XFL if there was no lack of explosion from him, excellent run their excellent hands, something improved in college.
And he finally got an opportunity XXL to actually start.
And so because he doesn't bring value of the kick returner partner.
Turner's hard to make the NFL.
But I think it showed enough on film that there's gonna be an NFL team that signs him, I believe today.
So hopefully the Jets are among that list.
Just could use help with the receiver position.
A little bit of uncer*****y right now, Robbie Anderson.
So we'll see what happens there, but that the Jets could also use some size at the wide receiver position.
So there's a Dan Williams 63 £200 wide receiver who's excellent, made all XFL team.
He plays for the Temple Vipers.
He has he had a cup of coffee in a few different animal spots, but a lot like Phillips.
He hasn't had an opportunity to break through and play, and I think the Jets could actually use some size of wiper super sub big targets in the red zone.
So that would be somebody who could help out there.
A couple of the hidden gems.
There's a DeAndre Thompkins.
You can get a lot of playing time for the PC defenders.
He was a rookie out of Penn State for 31 40 speed.
He can also return kicks and punts so he could be like a hidden gem in there.
There's also a jazz Ferguson Ellis you transfer played in Northwestern State.
He play for the Dallas Renegades.
Good kids, 642 28 kind of a decaying Metcalf type.
He has the size and speed.
So these air young players that I think it really kind of fit rolls that the Jets are looking for.
They could hope they didn't lose Robbie.
Maybe you never know, maybe to Carolina with that role, but the Jets could use inside of that position and some depth there, So, obviously, Phillips tops the charts in that group for no question about it.
Where Where would you say? Because a lot of Jets fans like to talk about Number one wide receiver is number two wide receiver.
Where would you say the camp films fits in terms off being a number one or number two guy in the pecking order? I don't think he's a slot receiver, although you can play that.
I would say he's an ideal number.
You reminds me a lot of Quincy Anouma, you know, just with better, Better route running.
So and the Quincy, you know, unfortunately, has had issues staying healthy. Dr.
Cruz, Tough player breaks tackles.
Very Christa rot runner has excellent hands.
So, um, I think he's the kind of player.
If an NFL team signs in with the idea of being, ah, 4th 5th wide receiver would have a hard time making it.
But if they give him a real opportunity to start, I don't know if he's the number one, although he proved to be in the XFL, obviously, but I think he's a quality number two wide receiver.
All right, The Jets made some moves on the offensive line but it still is a huge work in progress Now.
I don't expect any XFL offensive lineman.
Maybe maybe if they break camp and they and they prove it.
But right now, I don't see any of them as starters.
But do you see any good offensive lineman from the XFL that the Jets would target for depth? I do.
You know, the Jets.
You know, Joe Douglas has done a good job addressing the interior off the offensive line, and we're an area they really could use.
Especially as far, step goes, is the offensive tackle.
Obviously, George Fan has been signed toe temporarily.
At least take the blind side of Sam Donald.
There's a couple of players that played offensive tackle the XFL.
They're very talented and very young.
One guy really liked and he was first team all XFL is more tense.
Ivy from Florida.
This is a guy who played for the Tampa Bay Vipers.
He was a five star recruit by rivals dot com.
He was the number one offense, a tackle prospect in high school.
He was recruited by several schools Florida, Auburn and others.
Then he had injuries in college.
She was second team all the way sec.
In this past season, he went undrafted because of injury concerns and everything else, and he was with the New England Patriots right up until final cutdown day.
He was a stellar player.
He can play on the left side or the right side, and I think the Jets could actually use some depth at that position.
And I have these young 24 years old, so I think he has a lot outside there.
A couple of players sit out.
Storm Norton, 24 year old, six foot, £717 offensive tackle, protected the blind side of the L A Wildcats.
He's a very talented young player.
He's got a lot of upside.
He's more of a veteran player, but he played really well.
Someone was protecting P.
Walker and allowing him to throw passes all over the field in the excess Ellen.
That someone was very awful.
So you've used fantastic.
So there are players like that that if the XFL scouting department on top of them, there's several players in the extra father.
Very good on the interior.
I just don't know.
The Jets have loaded up in that area, so I don't know where these guys were fit.
Jordan McRae, The Center for the Vipers.
Secure the center slash guard for Dallas.
Anthony Coyle, local kid from Fordham, played excellent for the New Yorker audience.
Very good young guard.
He's so he's somebody that maybe the Jets might have their eye on.
But right now, the Jets look alike.
They're pretty stacked up on the inside of their line with all the acquisitions they made.
I should pick up a tackle.
Someone like Ivy would be a good choice.
Yeah, Ivy was up and down draft boards when he was, uh when he was up for draft from Florida, and then he eventually ended up being undrafted.
So, um, now there's one position, the final position we're going to get to that.
Ah, lot of fans really aren't talking about, but for some reason it's and for some reason it's being ignored.
And that is backup quarterback Sam Darnold is the only quarterback on the roster at the moment.
Who would you say? I would have loved Jordan Tomoo or or P.
Walker to be the backup quarterback for Sam Darnold, but they're gone any any quarterbacks in the XFL that you conceived backing up Sam Darnold.
And maybe if he gets hurt, hopefully not cross your fingers.
If he gets hurt in the estimates like a game or two could step in and be at it would be good enough to help the team win.
You know, that's a very good point.
A lot of people do not focus on that position.
We saw what happened with the Jets last season.
Unfortunately, Luke Fox did not play very well.
And then I'll be tried.
Trevor Simian, who they signed to initially.
Donald's backup, got injured, so that didn't work out for the Jets.
And they surely can use insurance in that position.
I'm thinking maybe a star in the NFL.
Rocco's mean someone like a Joe Flacco.
I know that's not a ***y choice, but he has Super Bowl experience.
So Douglas has familiarity within from Baltimore, so someone who Flacco's will be a backup could be a good mentor to Donald as far as the XFL goes.
As you mentioned, the two of the best quarterbacks in the XFL is only 18 and walk and Tam Oh, I've already signed when you look at it.
Before the XFL season started, I thought of someone like a card out Jones as being someone who could potentially be a good backup.
He started off really well 1st 2 weeks and then struggled.
Josh Johnson is somebody who was with the Jets for a cup of coffee.
Seems like he's with every NFL came for a cup of coffee.
He someone was playing at a really high level.
So he's the kind of guy you could bring in as a veteran.
And you can trust that graphic.
But somewhere happening. Donald again.
He can come in and play.
Do respectable job.
As far as like upside goes, I like Tyree Jackson.
67 £250 Max star.
There he was, a backup Ricardo Jones.
He was finally starting to get to play in the extra before the season got canceled.
So he's somebody local kid.
He's somebody who has upside, but the Jets may be looking for somebody has a little bit more experience, just in case something were to happen to Donald.
All right, um, Mike, thanks for joining the show.
Um, hopefully we can come back and talk after the draft.
Maybe, um, talk Maur xfl free agency after the draft is over and we can forget the jets draft.
Seen what they do.
Obviously, uh, there's a number of areas they really need to address those.
It should be a fun time.
Ah, who are before? Before we go.
Actually, Do you have any expectations besides Camp Phillips of guys that are gonna get signed today? You know, I think Can Phillips.
I would think a lot of the, um the corners that I mentioned there because the NFL is always looking for quality young corners.
So I think some of those corners where they mentioned there, Josh Hawkins from Dallas.
There's some very good safety is also that played in the XFL.
So I don't camp Phillips.
I think you should see Jamal Summers be signed.
And a few other guys look bad.
And, uh, kid from ethics.
You played for the viper.
So, uh, they're too good.
Defensive linemen don't really fit with the Jets are looking for, But in save on walker on Bundy, routine of routine, both those guys were standout players.
So I think you're gonna start to see a lot of under under the radar.
Guys get signed that a lot of people don't know nationally.
That really stood out during XFL games.
All right, before you go, uh, where can people find you? My twitter handle is Mmm.
My initials Mike Mitchell.
And so I write for XFL news Hub, as you mentioned at the outset there.
And I also write for extra billboard dot com.
All right. Thanks for joining the show, Mike.
Thank you very much, Michael.
Well, well, that's the show for today.
I will be back tomorrow to talk even more.
XFL free agency.
So have a great day, everyone.