With great sadness, we are now reporting that Cam Phillips is human! After totaling seven touchdowns in three games along with 324 yards, Phillips was held to one reception for nine yards against the Renegades. Slot receiver Nick Holley ended up being the most productive receiver while Khalil Lewis saw the most targets. With four receivers running routes on every play, there will be some variance on who gets the ball, but Phillips should remain the go-to receiver and this week faces a Dragons team that has allowed the worst catch percentage and the second most yards per attempt on the season.
Tre McBride has now played two games and topped 100 yards in each and totaled three touchdown receptions. In his first game, McBride only saw 16 snaps on his way to a big game, as he was coming off an injury but last week he saw a full complement of work and is entrenched as a top receiver for the Wildcats now. We don’t have a good timeline on Nelson Spruce’s return, but McBride has won enough work to be a strong start even if he returns this week.
It’s been sad to see such talented receivers in DC turned into has beens with Cardale Jones melting down the last two weeks. They do return home this week after two awful road games, so there is some hope, but I would love to see Jones get back on track before relying on Eli Rogers, Rashad Ross or DeAndre Thompkins.
The loss of Landry Jones knocks Donald Parham down a little bit, but he’s been playing too well to give up on. I expect Philip Nelson will at least look to get him the ball. They also get a good matchup against the Guardians, who have given up the highest passer rating in the league and are tied for the most passing touchdowns and fewest interceptions.
Dan Williams has stepped up for the Vipers and it looks like this team has finally figured a few things out offensively. Williams is the lead receiver and near the top in targets, giving him ample opportunities and they will likely need to throw much more this week against a Wildcats offense that should be strong at home.
Wide receiver rankings for XFL Week 5
|3||De'Mornay Pierson-El||STL||at DC||9200||14.02|
|4||Dan Williams||TB||at LA||8500||13.55|
|10||Austin Proehl||SEA||at HOU||8000||12.05|
|12||Jalen Tolliver||TB||at LA||5700||10.6|
|14||Colby Pearson||NY||at DAL||6000||7.45|
|15||Mekale McKay||NY||at DAL||6800||6.68|
|16||L'Damian Washington||STL||at DC||6600||8.95|
|17||Keenan Reynolds||SEA||at HOU||6500||8.08|
|19||Alonzo Russell||STL||at DC||5100||8.35|
|20||Reece Horn||TB||at LA||5300||8.25|
|22||DeAndre Goolsby||TB||at LA||3500||6.2|
|25||Brandon Reilly||STL||at DC||3700||5.1|
|26||Jake Powell||NY||at DAL||3900||5.05|
|27||Marcus Lucas||STL||at DC||4400||5.05|
|29||Keith Mumphery||STL||at DC||4300||4.05|
|33||Joe Horn||NY||at DAL||4000||2.9|
|36||Austin Duke||NY||at DAL||3300||3.9|
|37||Seantavius Jones||TB||at LA||3800||2.2|
|43||EJ Bibbs||NY||at DAL||3400||3.33|
|44||Evan Rodriguez||SEA||at HOU||3400||4.23|
|45||Alonzo Moore||SEA||at HOU||3300||3.5|
|47||Ryan Davis||TB||at LA||3200||2.6|
|49||Tanner Gentry||NY||at DAL||3000||0|