Two quarterback jobs in the XFL were determined after a long battle in training camp. Seattle Dragons named Brandon Silvers the starter at quarterback. Jordan Ta’amu will be under center in week one for the St. Louis BattleHawks. Silvers and Ta’amu faced uphill battles to win the jobs, but their skills got them over the top. Silvers had to compete with B.J. Daniels while Ta’amu faced off against Brogan Roback and Taylor Heinicke.
Brandon Silvers, Seattle Dragons
Silvers made a name for himself with the now folded AAF as the quarterback for the Memphis Express. Besides playing a little bit in week one, Silvers was on the bench behind Christian Hackenberg and Zach Mettenberger. Hackenberg lost the job due to poor play, and Mettenberger played well until tearing his ACL. Silvers beat out Johnny Manziel as the starter and finished with 799 yards passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He went on to join the New York Jets before getting cut.
Silvers was brought in as a Tier One quarterback before the XFL Draft in October. It was announced that he would be joining Seattle with head coach/general manager Jim Zorn. Teaming up with a former NFL quarterback seemed to be the perfect fit for Silvers. His biggest competition, B.J. Daniels, was drafted in the open phase, which began the quarterback battle.
Silvers is more of a pocket passer while Daniels can make plays with his feet. There was a lot of conversation among Dragon fans as to who was the favorite to win. There were Silvers supporters and Daniels supporters. Two different styles that bring something different to the offense. In the end, Zorn liked what he saw in Silvers.
“He’s probably been more effective throwing the ball,” Zorn said of Silvers during an interview with The Seattle Times. “He doesn’t move as well as B.J., but his concern is to do what he does well. B.J. is coming on, and we have high expectations for him, but we can only play one at a time.”
Jordan Ta’amu, St. Louis BattleHawks
Jordan Ta’amu showed how athletic he was at Ole Miss through the air and on the ground. Ta’amu threw for 5,600 yards with 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in two seasons there. He joined the Houston Texans in the preseason after going undrafted. He played three games throwing for only 50 yards and an interception. The Texans decided to cut Ta’amu from the team.
The XFL targeted him to be one of their Tier One quarterbacks. He joined head coach/general manager Jonathan Hayes in St. Louis to become a BattleHawk. He would have to beat out Brogan Roback and Taylor Heinicke for the job.
Roback did not make the football team. Heinicke stayed on as a backup quarterback. The team added former Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, but it was too late for him to compete. Ta’amu was the most consistent quarterback in camp. His athleticism also separated himself from the other quarterbacks. He throws accurately outside the pocket and has a rocket arm. It made sense for Hayes to go with him in week one against the Dallas Renegades.
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