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XFL statistical leaders heading into NFL free agency

XFL players can sign with NFL teams starting at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, March 23rd. We break down the best options available across skill positions.

P.J. Walker and Cam Phillips of the Houston Roughnecks are interviewed after the game against the St. Louis BattleHawks at TDECU Stadium on February 16, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Thomas Campbell/XFL via Getty Images

The XFL officially cancelled its season late last week, and after some negotiations with the NFL, XFL players are free to sign with NFL teams on Monday, March 23rd. After a week of limbo, the NFL announced that its clubs could start signing XFL players at 9 a.m. ET today.

The season got through five weeks, which leaves us with a limited sample size for analysis. Even still, there were some impressive performances that should land XFL players on the radar of NFL clubs. There was already a report that P.J. Walker is drawing interest from the Seahawks, Cardinals, and Broncos. Plenty more should follow after 9 a.m.

We’ve already taken a position-by-position look at some of the top skill position players. The quarterback position is led by P.J. Walker, Jordan Ta’amu, and Josh Johnson . The running back position is led by James Butler, Jacques Patrick, and De’Veon Smith . The wide receiver position is led by Cam Phillips, Nelson Spruce, Tre McBride, and converted tight end Donald Parham.

Here is a rundown of the top statistical leaders by position after the 2020 XFL season was cancelled.

Quarterbacks

2020 XFL QB stats

Player Team Com Att Com % Adj Com % Yards YPA TD INT Rating
Player Team Com Att Com % Adj Com % Yards YPA TD INT Rating
Jordan Ta'amu St. Louis 97 134 72.4 81.7 1050 7.8 5 2 101.3
Josh Johnson Los Angeles 83 137 60.6 76.3 1086 7.9 11 2 106.3
Cardale Jones DC 62 115 53.9 72.1 674 5.9 4 7 57.7
P.J. Walker Houston 119 184 64.7 71.4 1338 7.3 15 4 104.4
Landry Jones Dallas 83 119 69.7 70 784 6.6 5 7 77.2
Taylor Cornelius Tampa Bay 78 124 62.9 69.1 858 6.9 4 6 73.9
Philip Nelson Dallas 63 95 66.3 68.6 439 4.6 0 3 63.4
Brandon Silvers Seattle 53 102 52 63.2 539 5.3 6 4 70.7

Running Backs

2020 XFL RB stats

Player Team Rush Att Rush Yds YPA Rush TD Yards after contact YCO/attempt Rec Tgt Rec Yds Rec TD
Player Team Rush Att Rush Yds YPA Rush TD Yards after contact YCO/attempt Rec Tgt Rec Yds Rec TD
De'Veon Smith Tampa Bay 90 365 4.1 0 283 3.14 7 13 62 0
Matt Jones St. Louis 80 314 3.9 1 222 2.78 2 3 25 1
Jacques Patrick Tampa Bay 60 254 4.2 2 215 3.58 5 8 49 0
Cameron Artis-Payne Dallas 48 247 5.1 2 164 3.42 23 27 101 0
Darius Victor New York 56 245 4.4 0 194 3.46 6 7 36 0
James Butler Houston 46 221 4.8 4 144 3.13 11 11 42 1
Jhurell Pressley DC 42 190 4.5 0 127 3.02 9 10 40 0
Christine Michael St. Louis 59 178 3 1 139 2.36 4 4 35 0
Donnel Pumphrey DC 45 166 3.7 0 108 2.35 9 13 68 0
Kenneth Farrow Seattle 38 155 4.1 1 112 2.95 9 10 53 1

Wide Receivers

2020 XFL WR stats

Player Team Rec Tgt Drops Yards Yds/Rec YAC YAC/Rec Rec TD
Player Team Rec Tgt Drops Yards Yds/Rec YAC YAC/Rec Rec TD
Cam Phillips Houston 31 44 2 455 14.7 132 4.3 9
Daniel Williams Tampa Bay 23 38 3 338 14.7 172 7.5 1
Donald Parham Dallas 24 43 2 307 12.8 145 6 4
Jalen Tolliver Tampa Bay 21 35 3 297 14.1 109 5.2 1
Tre McBride Los Angeles 17 25 2 274 16.1 25 1.5 4
Nick Holley Houston 21 27 0 267 12.7 89 4.2 2
Nelson Spruce Los Angeles 20 28 1 256 12.8 59 3 2
L'Damian Washington St. Louis 21 28 0 252 12 140 6.7 1
Reece Horn Tampa Bay 27 36 1 240 8.9 112 4.1 1
Jordan Smallwood Los Angeles 18 26 1 236 13.1 72 4 1
Austin Proehl Seattle 16 29 3 225 14.1 115 7.2 3
Colby Pearson New York 16 23 1 223 13.9 77 4.8 2
Kahlil Lewis Houston 24 34 2 220 9.2 149 6.2 1
Flynn Nagel Dallas 26 30 0 217 8.3 102 3.9 1
De'Mornay Pierson-El St. Louis 23 26 1 209 9.1 154 6.7 2

Tackles

2020 XFL tackle leaders

Player Team Tkl Miss Stop
Player Team Tkl Miss Stop
Steven Johnson Seattle 36 6 16
Ahmad Dixon Los Angeles 33 1 13
Beniquez Brown Houston 31 10 23
Dexter McCoil St. Louis 29 6 19
Will Hill III St. Louis 28 4 11
Marcelis Branch Tampa Bay 26 2 11
Ben Heeney New York 26 8 11
Terence Garvin St. Louis 25 1 15
Jonathan Celestin DC 24 5 12
Jameer Thurman DC 24 4 11

Pass rush

2020 XFL pass rush stats

Player Team Pressures Sacks
Player Team Pressures Sacks
Cavon Walker New York 16 5
Olubunmi Rotimi New York 15 1
Cedric Reed Los Angeles 13 3
Caushaud Lyons Houston 12 1
Nikita Whitlock Tampa Bay 12 0
LaTroy Lewis Houston 11 2
Jason Neill Tampa Bay 11 0
Bobby Richardson Tampa Bay 11 0
Deiontrez Mount Tampa Bay 11 0
Gabe Wright Houston 11 1
Devin Taylor Los Angeles 11 2
Kaelin Burnett Houston 11 0

Coverage

2020 XFL coverage stats

Player Team PBU INT Passer rating
Player Team PBU INT Passer rating
Ajene Harris Houston 6 0 91.9
Anthoula Kelly Tampa Bay 5 0 111.5
Micah Hannemann Tampa Bay 5 0 99.1
Dravon Askew-Henry New York 5 0 83.3
A.J. Hendy New York 4 0 96.4
Harlan Miller Los Angeles 4 1 80.2
DeMarquis Gates Houston 3 1 91.8
Josh Hawkins Dallas 3 2 29.6
Desmond Lawrence DC 3 0 100.4
Deatrick Nichols Houston 2 3 59.9
Kenny Robinson St. Louis 0 2 56.3
Tarvarus McFadden Tampa Bay 1 2 24
Mike Stevens Los Angeles 2 2 60.6
Cody Brown Houston 1 2 30.6
Jack Tocho Los Angeles 0 2 94.9
Will Hill III St. Louis 0 2 34.4
Rahim Moore DC 2 2 0