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3 XFL Players That Could Make it Back to the NFL

Jason Schandl
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Almost 20 years after fizzling out in 2001, the XFL is back. Ahead of its 2020 revival, the XFL draft began on Tuesday, with quarterbacks and skill-position players kicking off the proceedings.

Like the short-lived AAF, the new XFL is chock full of former NFL players and college standouts, many of whom will be vying to get back on an NFL roster. These three players could find themselves making the jump.

1. Christine Michael

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Christine Michael was a second-round pick back in 2013, and while he bounced around on five different NFL teams, he showed enough flashes to keep him on teams' radars. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 106 rushes over his first three NFL seasons, and for his NFL career he averaged 4.3, with 1,089 yards and seven touchdowns on 256 attempts. On an NFL roster as recently as 2018, and the first RB off the board in the XFL draft, Michael has a great shot of proving his worth to NFL teams once again.

2. Terrance Williams

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A long-time Dallas Cowboy, Terrance Williams played six seasons in Dallas, catching 232 passes in 83 games in his NFL career. At 30 years old he's still far from washed up, and if he can prove in the XFL that he's fully recovered from the foot injury suffered in 2018, he could find himself fielding phone calls from NFL teams in need of a veteran presence in their WR room.

3. Roberto Aguayo

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Roberto Aguayo isn't all that far removed from being the 59th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut ties with him after he made only 22 of his 31 field goal attempts in his rookie season, and he has failed to stick on an NFL roster since then. One of the most accurate kickers in college football history, Aguayo came close to an NFL return with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019. If he shows a return to that college form, his draft pedigree and the high turnover at the kicker position will likely leave plenty of NFL teams interested in his services.


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