Week 1 of the 2020 XFL season is now in the books and over the course of four games, several players impressed fans around the country. Over the past two weeks, I’ve covered some of the odds for different teams to win the XFL championship. Today, I’m taking a quick look at five hidden XFL talents that we may see competing in the NFL down the line.
In reality, there are a huge number of XFL players that could compete in the NFL right now. The five that I’m listing here are truly standing out from the rest of the pack.
#1: PJ Walker – Houston Roughnecks
Heading into this season of the XFL, I felt that the Houston Roughnecks were the betting dark horses. The team has an incredible roster and a very accomplished coach in June Jones. No one on the team is as exciting as the team’s quarterback, PJ Walker.
In 2017, PJ was signed as an undrafted free agent to the Indianapolis Colts. He was then moved to the team’s practice squad and was eventually released in August of 2019. Walked then signed a contract as the starting quarterback for the XFL.
Walker’s spot on the Roughnecks’ roster made me confident that the team would go far. He impressed during his first game, helping to defeat the LA Wildcats 37-17. His talent as a quarterback was apparent.
I feel that PJ Walker is one of the hidden XFL talents that we may eventually see in the NFL. He still has a long way to go before NFL teams begin to really pay attention, but I think he has everything needed to compete in the big league. Make sure to check out the Roughnecks’ next game against the Battlehawks on Sunday.
#2: Jazz Ferguson – Dallas Renegades
I’m sticking with the Texas teams here, but switching over to the Dallas Renegades’ Jazz Ferguson. Hardcore college football fans might remember Jazz as an impressive player for Northwestern State. He was signed to the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad but was eventually released.
Ferguson’s talent is clear. We’re not sure exactly why he was let go from the Seahawks. Was it a lack of motivation on the field? Perhaps Seattle felt they didn’t need another young wide receiver.
Jazz Ferguson is now a starting WR on the Dallas Renegades and looked solid in the team’s first game. Things didn’t go exactly as planned here, as the team lost in an upset to the St. Louis Battlehawks, yet Ferguson made two receptions and will likely improve as time goes on.
With Landry Jones leading the team as quarterback, Ferguson has every opportunity to succeed. Dallas is still listed as one of the XFL championship winner betting favorites, yet they need a win this Sunday to maintain this position.
I feel confident saying Jazz Ferguson is one of the hidden talents in the XFL that fans should pay attention to. He’ll have the opportunity to shine next week and with a solid season, could find himself signed to an NFL team once again.
#3: Kony Ealy – Houston Roughnecks
Now you start to see why I’m pushing the Roughnecks so much. They have an incredible team both defensively and offensively. Perhaps no one on the defensive lineup is as recognizable as defensive end Kony Ealy.
At 6’4” and 275 pounds, Ealy is one of the biggest men in the entire league. His pressure is incredible and he was instrumental in preventing the Wildcats moving down the field during game one. I wouldn’t be surprised if several NFL teams are already keeping an eye on this talented St. Louis native.
Coaches in the NFL are looking for hidden XFL talents that can excel at pass rushing. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s better at that than Kony Ealy. With a few more games, he might start getting some offers thrown his way.
Of course, at 28 years old, his time in the sport may be nearing its end. This will be his time to shine and hopefully, he makes the best out of the opportunity.
#4: Christine Michael – St. Louis Battlehawks
In case you haven’t heard, the XFL has some notable rule differences from the NFL. Essentially, the owners of this league want to encourage as much action as possible. Having a talented running back is one of the biggest advantages that a team can have in this league.
Perhaps that’s why the St. Louis Battlehawls were able to upset the previous betting favorites in their first game of the season. Christine Micheal looked fantastic on the team and will look to capitalize on the momentum in week two. Against the Roughnecks, that won’t be easy.
This is a match between two offensive-heavy teams. Sites like MyBookie list the Roughnecks as the betting favorites, yet it wouldn’t surprise me to see St. Louis pull off another upset.
Christine Micheal seemed destined for stardom as a member of the Seattle Seahawks but could never seem to stand out. He’s now 29 years old and is hoping to prove that he’s one of the hidden XFL talents that are worth another shot in the NFL. If he manages to get his team to a championship, I think it will happen.
Fortunately, things get easier for St. Louis after this week’s game. Against slightly less-competitive teams, I think Christine Micheal has a field day.
#5: Antonio Callaway – Tampa Bay Vipers
For reasons unknown, no one really seems to be talking about Antonio Callaway. The 23-year-old had an impressive career in Florida and helped the Gators pull off some impressive wins. Unfortunately, his collegiate career was hampered due to what was said to be “schoolwork.”
Eventually, Callaway made his way to the Cleveland Browns and had a solid season as starting wide receiver. The future seemed bright for this young player. As time went on, his dedication to the sport seemed to waver.
Hopefully, this was a bit of a wake up call for the talented Floridian.
Antonio is now a member of the Tampa Bay Vipers and looked solid in week one against the New York Guardians. His team lost, but we can blame the defense for that.
If Callaway is committed to returning to the NFL, he can do it. He’s one of the true hidden XFL talents that no one is talking about and has the potential to really stand out. We’ll need to wait and see how his season goes.
It’s an exciting time for football fans around the country. Make sure to stay tuned for more XFL betting news, feel feel to head over to one of the safest xfl betting sites for a complete list of odds for every game of the season.