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Breaking down the best WR/TEs in the XFL through Week 3

XFL running backs are separating into tiers as Week 3 dawns. We break down the stats.

Cam Phillips #14 of the Houston Roughnecks looks into the camera after scoring during the fourth quarter of a football game against the Tampa Bay Vipers at Raymond James Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The XFL heads into Week 4, and this is very much a passing league. With the rules and performances to date, it’s becoming clear that teams are leaning on their passing game more than their ground game — and that bodes well for wide receivers and tight ends.

I believe I wrote somewhere last week that we can’t expect another three touchdown game from Cam Phillips in Week 3, and I was 100 percent incorrect. Phillips followed up his dominant Week 2 performance with an even more dominant performance in Week 3, catching 8-of-10 targets for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Phillips now has seven touchdowns through three games. He’s tied for the most receptions and targets at 20/29, and also leads in yardage and touchdowns.

Tre McBride, who missed Week 1 and 2 with an injury, has shot up the ranks with a big Week 3 game. He caught 5-of-6 targets for 109 yards and two touchdowns and his one missed target was a deep bomb that he dropped. Josh Johnson was on target all game and McBride was open all game. McBride took over as the No. 1 receiver, as Nelson Spruce saw his fewest targets of the season with four, but he still caught three for 75 yards.

After a huge Week 1, the Seattle Dragons’ receiver Austin Proehl took a back seat to Keenan Reynolds in Week 2, but reasserted himself in Week 3 with another big game. He caught 6-of-7 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown, giving him three scores on the season.

The best offensive tight end in the league has been Donald Parnham, who now has 14 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Getting Landry Jones back has been a big boon for his numbers, as he’s topped 76 yards in each game and scored three total touchdowns since his return in Week 2.

XFL WR/TE Stats through Week 3

NAME TEAM TAR REC ReYds TD YPT YPC Catch%
NAME TEAM TAR REC ReYds TD YPT YPC Catch%
Cam Phillips HOU 29 20 324 7 11.2 16.2 69.0%
Nelson Spruce LA 28 20 267 2 9.5 13.4 71.4%
Donald Parham DAL 24 14 217 3 9 15.5 58.3%
Dan Williams TB 20 11 180 1 9 16.4 55.0%
Austin Proehl SEA 21 12 168 3 8 14 57.1%
Rashad Ross DC 13 7 164 1 12.6 23.4 53.8%
Jalan Tolliver TB 25 13 157 0 6.3 12.1 52.0%
De'Mornay Pierson-El STL 18 16 139 1 7.7 8.7 88.9%
Eli Rogers DC 20 14 137 0 6.9 9.8 70.0%
Kahlil Lewis HOU 22 15 136 1 6.2 9.1 68.2%
Keenan Reynolds SEA 22 9 129 1 5.9 14.3 40.9%
Reece Horn TB 19 13 127 0 6.7 9.8 68.4%
Alonzo Russell STL 14 11 127 1 9.1 11.5 78.6%
DeAndre Thompkins DC 12 7 110 1 9.2 15.7 58.3%
Tre McBride LA 6 5 109 2 18.2 21.8 83.3%
MeKale McKay NY 12 7 105 0 8.8 15 58.3%
Nick Holley HOU 13 9 98 0 7.5 10.9 69.2%
L'Damian Washington STL 14 12 97 1 6.9 8.1 85.7%
Flynn Nagel DAL 15 13 95 1 6.3 7.3 86.7%
Colby Pearson NY 13 6 94 0 7.2 15.7 46.2%
Brandon Barnes LA 10 6 83 0 8.3 13.8 60.0%
Sam Mobley HOU 7 3 80 1 11.4 26.7 42.9%
Nick Truesdell TB 11 7 78 0 7.1 11.1 63.6%
Khari Lee DC 5 5 77 1 15.4 15.4 100.0%
Jordan Smallwood LA 15 9 75 1 5 8.3 60.0%
Jake Powell NY 12 8 74 0 6.2 9.3 66.7%
Joshua Crockett DAL 4 3 73 0 18.3 24.3 75.0%
Jeff Badet DAL 17 11 72 0 4.2 6.5 64.7%
Sean Price DAL 8 5 70 0 8.8 14 62.5%
Marcus Lucas STL 12 7 66 0 5.5 9.4 58.3%
Kermit Whitfield LA 8 6 51 0 6.4 8.5 75.0%
Keith Mumphrey STL 5 4 51 0 10.2 12.8 80.0%
Sammie Coates HOU 16 4 45 0 2.8 11.3 25.0%
Brandon Reilly STL 4 3 44 0 11 14.7 75.0%
Austin Duke NY 7 4 43 1 6.1 10.8 57.1%
Teo Redding NY 7 4 36 0 5.1 9 57.1%
DeAndre Goolsby TB 4 2 35 0 8.8 17.5 50.0%
Joe Horn Jr. NY 11 3 33 0 3 11 27.3%
Alonzo Moore SEA 8 4 33 0 4.1 8.3 50.0%
Adonis Jennings LA 11 4 32 0 2.9 8 36.4%
Dontez Byrd SEA 8 2 32 0 4 16 25.0%
Jazz Ferguson DAL 6 4 28 0 4.7 7 66.7%
Evan Rodriguez SEA 4 2 27 0 6.8 13.5 50.0%
Ryheem Malone HOU 8 6 26 0 3.3 4.3 75.0%
Malachi Dupre DC 6 3 26 0 4.3 8.7 50.0%
EJ Bibbs NY 3 3 26 0 8.7 8.7 100.0%
Donnie Ernsberger DC 2 1 22 0 11 22 50.0%
Connor Hamlett SEA 3 2 18 0 6 9 66.7%
Wes Saxton STL 3 3 16 0 5.3 5.3 100.0%
Ben Johnson SEA 2 2 16 0 8 8 100.0%
Simmie Cobbs DC 2 1 14 0 7 14 50.0%
Seantavius Jones TB 5 1 12 0 2.4 12 20.0%
Fredie Martino DAL 3 1 11 0 3.7 11 33.3%
Tanner McEvoy TB 2 1 11 0 5.5 11 50.0%
Jason Heard DAL 4 1 10 0 2.5 10 25.0%
Blake Jackson HOU 3 2 10 0 3.3 5 66.7%
De'Quan Hampton LA 3 1 10 0 3.3 10 33.3%
Colin Jeter SEA 4 1 6 0 1.5 6 25.0%
Derrick Hayward DC 2 1 6 1 3 6 50.0%
Carlton Agudosi STL 1 1 5 0 5 5 100.0%
Jalen Greene LA 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Saeed Blacknall LA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Tyler Palka DC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Cole Hunt STL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Colin Thompsn TB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%