St. Louis BattleHawks – QB Jordan Ta’amu
Former Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu may be the player to watch most from the XFL after week one. Obviously consistency matters but if what Ta’amu did this week is any indication of what he can do over the course of a ten-game season, then this young man is going to be a starter for a long time.
Ta’amu racked up nearly 300 total yards of offense, with 209 passing, on 20 of 27 passing attempts, while racking up 77 rushing yards on nine carries. The Renegades played good defense, but Ta’amu was able to use his unique skillset to escape pressure and advance the ball enough to get the team two touchdowns.
At just 22 years old, Ta’amu could be the face of the league for a long time if the folks at the XFL up their yearly-salary. Ta’amu could easily come in and be a young player maker for the Browns, as he’s quick and big. He has a 4.77 40-yard dash, and at 6’3 and 221 lbs could be enough of a force as a slash type player for the Browns.
He’s also talented enough as a passer to play in the NFL, but as Baker Mayfield is entrenched in the spot for a long time to come, it’s unlikely Ta’amu would start for the team. He’d also not be ideal for the backup spot, as you typically want a veteran with experience in that role. He can easily get on the field and make plays though, as he’s one heck of an athlete. So there’s a lot of upside with keeping an eye on Ta’amu.