XFL: Three Players To Watch In The Inaugural Season

The inaugural XFL football season kicks off in 2020 and is shaping up to be a great one. The XFL failed the first time around in 2000, but the league looks a lot stronger this time. The organization has done a great job on social media platforms hyping up the new league with the XFL Draft, franchise quarterbacks named, team names released, and jerseys revealed. It’s a lot of exciting stuff to follow in this new revamped XFL football league.

On the field, it looks like fans will get some great football with some amazing talents across all eight teams. Former college players like Landry Jones, Aaron Murray, Cardale Jones, and Malachi Dupree are in the XFL for 2020 which shows some star power. I wanted to focus on three players that fans should watch in the inaugural season of the XFL. These players could have a stellar football season this year. Let’s take a look at these three players for 2020.


Tavaris Barnes, DC Defenders

The former Clemson Tigers defensive end from 2010 to 2014 will look to make the most of this professional football opportunity in the XFL. Tavaris Barnes would spend time from 2015 to 2017 on NFL teams and 2018 to 2019 in the Alliance of American Football before they shut down. In college at Clemson, Barnes put the pressure on quarterbacks and was a force on the defensive line. His senior season as a Tiger he had 19 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, five quarterback pressures, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

As a member of the New Orleans Saints, he had five tackles in 2015. Also, in the Alliance of American Football, he had a sack in 2019 as a member of the Atlanta Legends. Tavaris Barnes will look to bring the heat on opposing XFL quarterbacks as a member of the DC Defenders defensive line in 2020. He is definitely a player to watch this coming season.

Elijah Hood, Los Angeles Wildcats

The running back for the Los Angeles Wildcats looks to show he can be a solid workhorse and can carry the load for an XFL offense. Elijah Hood played college football at North Carolina and had 2580 yards with 29 touchdowns in three years at UNC. He would be drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft in the seventh round to the Oakland Raiders and would spend small amounts of time with other NFL teams, but was never given a fair chance. In 2020 Hood looks to run over XFL defenses and hopes to lead the Los Angeles Wildcats offense in rushing statistics. Look for Elijah Hood to be a force in the run game for this offense.

Brandon Silvers, Seattle Dragons

The Seattle Dragons decided to make former Troy University quarterback Brandon Silvers their franchise player for the inaugural XFL season. In his four years at Troy, Silvers threw for 10,677 yards with a 64.4% completion rating. During the 2018 NFL Draft, he went undrafted and didn’t get signed after. In the 2019 AAF quarterback draft, he was selected by the Memphis Express. In the two games he started, Brandon Silvers passed for 799 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions, and had a 64% completion rating. The XFL franchise the Seattle Dragons believe in him and he looks to show the league why. Silvers looks to lead the Dragons offense to success in 2020. Look for quarterback Brandon Silvers to attack opposing XFL defenses this year.

So many different players to watch in this XFL football season, but I decided to focus on these three. I think that Tavaris Barnes, Elijah Hood, and Brandon Silvers can all break out in the XFL in 2020. These three players and others look to prove people wrong and show the talent level the XFL has. Watch out for these guys to have a successful year in the inaugural season in 2020.

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