XFL Week 2: Players the Houston Texans need to watch Saturday

Stephen Forsha
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 09: Mekale McKay #1 of the NY Guardians attempts to make a catch over Anthoula Kelly #23 of the Tampa Bay Vipers during the first half of their XFL game at MetLife Stadium on February 09, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The NY Guardians won, 23-3. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 09: Mekale McKay #1 of the NY Guardians attempts to make a catch over Anthoula Kelly #23 of the Tampa Bay Vipers during the first half of their XFL game at MetLife Stadium on February 09, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The NY Guardians won, 23-3. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 08: Cardale Jones #12 of the DC Defenders scrambles against the Seattle Dragons during the first half of the XFL game at Audi Field on February 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 08: Cardale Jones #12 of the DC Defenders scrambles against the Seattle Dragons during the first half of the XFL game at Audi Field on February 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

More Players to Watch

There are plenty of players to watch who weren’t mentioned earlier for games that are being played on Saturday.

Take, for instance, DC quarterback Cardale Jones — a former Ohio State standout — who in Week 1 was 16-of-26 (62 percent) for 235 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Jones also rushed for nine carries for 28 yards for 3.1 yards per carry.

The leading wide receiver in the XFL in Week 1 was Dan Williams of the Tampa Bay Dragons where he had six receptions for 123 yards with no touchdowns.

Also keep an eye on Austin Proehl of the Seattle Dragons, as the wide receiver was the third-leading receiver in yardage in the XFL for the first game where he totaled five receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Remember, Austin is the son of former NFL player Ricky Proehl.

New York defensive end Bunmi Rotimi and teammate linebacker Ben Heeney were tied for the league lead in tackles for the XFL last weekend. Rotimi and Heeney each had nine tackles in their game.

There is still improvement needed by the players in the XFL, but this is a league where players can be found to add quality to an NFL roster, too, and this second Saturday for the upstart league will show us more players who can possibly be successful at the next level.

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Enjoy the second Saturday of the XFL, and keep an eye on the aforementioned players because they could make a roster in the NFL this upcoming August.

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