How have the USFL First Round QBs Fared?

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How have the USFL First Round QBs Fared?

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How have the USFL First Round QBs Fared?

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There is nothing in sports quite like the quarterback position. The pressure, the glamor, the exposure; all of it. It’s irreplaceable in comparison to any other sport. When the USFL was kickstarting its reboot in 2022, it decided to draft different rounds for each position, starting with the centerpiece of each franchise: the quarterback. 

The quarterbacks, being put in a brand new league and only being given a limited amount of time to learn the offense and develop chemistry with receivers have seen varying results through the first six weeks. Here’s how the eight quarterbacks selected in the first round have performed thus far. 

No. 1: Shea Patterson (Michigan Panthers)

A former five-star recruit and star at Ole Miss and the University of Michigan, Patterson rightfully had high expectations as the first pick in the USFL draft. He has not delivered. Patterson is third in the league with 973 passing yards, but that has come with only four touchdowns, five interceptions and a 1-5 record. 

Patterson was released by Michigan this week and is now a depth piece on the 4-2 New Orleans Breakers. 

No. 2: Jordan Ta’amu (Tampa Bay Bandits)

An electrifying, dual-threat talent, Ta’amu was successful as Patterson’s successor at Ole Miss before he transferred, then dominant enough in the USFL to earn an NFL contract with the Kansas City Chiefs before being selected second overall by Tampa Bay. 

The Bandits are one game out of a playoff spot right now and if a couple moments had changed, they could very well have found themselves firmly in second place of the South Division. Ta’amu has been as advertised for the Bandits. A steady quarterback option who can make exciting plays. Ta’amu is second in the USFL with 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns, along with 10th in rushing with 204 yards. 

The Bandits have a difficult end to the season, but if they make the playoffs, Ta’amu will be a major reason why. 

No. 3: Bryan Scott (Philadelphia Stars)

A superstar at the Division III level, Scott was not the star name that the two quarterbacks selected ahead of him were but has more than proved that he belongs in this league. Although he has only played in three games due to an injury, Scott completed more than 70% of his passes, making some ridiculous throws this year including five touchdowns to only two interceptions. Despite only playing a few games he is one of the league leaders in quarterback rating. 

If Scott hadn’t struggled with injury, he’d undoubtedly be one of the stars of the USFL, but luckily for Philadelphia and its mascot Blob, (yes, that’s the real name) backup quarterback Case Cookus has been more than adequate in relief of Scott. Philadelphia is 3-3 and has a two game lead on the second and final playoff spot in the north. 

No. 4: Ben Holmes (New Jersey Generals)

Growing up in Orchard Park, New York and then going to play college football at Tarleton State, an FCS school in Texas, then finally being drafted to the Generals could have been a charming homecoming storyline for the USFL. 

Unfortunately Holmes never got that chance. He was released in April, a mere two weeks before opening day, which reports have stated is due to injury.

Holmes appears to be back on his feet, having signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. In Holmes’ absence, the Generals have not missed a beat. Deploying a two quarterback system, Mike Riley’s team has been a handful, with veteran Luis Perez and De’Andre Johnson each playing at a high level and being a huge reason the Generals are 5-1 and obvious title contenders. 

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