The NFL is beyond us, but football isn’t. Thanks to the XFL, there are more ‘Cats to monitor in the world of professional football through the end of winter and beginning of spring, and we’ll be tracking them each week.
This week, Northwestern’s Seattle contingent made a huge impact, while other Pro ‘Cats continued to thrive.
Flynn Nagel - WR, Dallas Renegades
The receiver had his best game to date in his young XFL career with six targets for six receptions, including a spectacular 33 yard grab. This eventually led to a Renegades score and Nagel ended up on the receiving end of a three-point conversion.
On the season, Nagel is at a 90.4 percent catch rate, catching 19 of 21 passes.
Hunter Niswander - P, DC Defenders
Niswander’s Defenders took a thumping at the hands of the Tampa Bay Vipers as they lost 25-0. As one would expect from that scoreline, Niswander was busy on the day, punting seven times for an average of 43.3 yards per punt with one touchback. His long on the day was an absolute bomb, traveling 55 yards. In the midst of a rough two game stretch for the Defenders, Niswander’s performances have been a bright spot.
Godwin Igwebuike - S, Seattle Dragons
After a breakout performance in Week 3, Igwebuike turned in another solid performance with four solo tackles, including one TFL and two assisted tackles. Igwebuike is continuing to prove to himself as a valuable piece to a struggling Dragons team, and his exploits in the team’s run defense are proving to be stellar.
Kyle Queiro - LB, Seattle Dragons
After a subpar showing last week, Queiro bounced back with three solo tackles and one assisted tackle. However, fellow linebacker Nyles Morgan had a great game with six total tackles, including 1 TFL. Queiro will have to raise his level of play to stay ahead in the depth chart.
Jordan Thompson - DT, Seattle Dragons
Thompson had a breakout game as he was the second on the team in tackles with three solo, four assisted, and one TFL. After being a non-factor in last week’s game against the Renegades, it was refreshing to see Thompson be a force in the trenches, and it was necessary, as the Battlehawks ran the ball 46 times.
Next week’s slate
Seattle Dragons (Queiro, Thompson, Igwebuike) at Houston Roughnecks — March 7, 1 on ABC
New York Guardians at Dallas Renegades (Nagel) — March 7, 4 on FOX
St. Louis Battlehawks at DC Defenders (Niswander) — March 8, 2 on FS1