Cardale Jones Returning To NFL After Amazing XFL Run?
Is Cardale Jones returning to the NFL after an amazing XFL run?
It is certainly a possibility.
When WWE Chairman Vince McMahon launched the second incarnation of his NFL alternative football league, everyone had the same question: who are the stars this league will be featuring?
It doesn’t matter the sport. It doesn’t matter the league. If you are putting an entertainment product on TV, you need notable names to attract an audience.
With two outings officially in the books, many are regarding him as a potential league MVP.
Last weekend, Jones kicked things off with a two touchdown, 291-yard performance on 16-of-26 passing. And the stats were not empty ones. They helped lead his team to a 31-19 victory over the Seattle Dragons, putting them at 1-0 on the year.
On Saturday, Jones once again demonstrated the skills that made him a household name at Ohio State. Against the New York Guardians, he spearheaded an effort that led to a 27-0 victory and moved his squad to 2-0 on the year.
Jones threw for two touchdowns and 276 yards on 23-of-37 passing.
The only blip on the radar was an ill-advised pick – his first of the season.
One of the more notable occurrences this past weekend was Jones’ participation in the first double-forward pass in XFL history. Unlike the NFL, the XFL permits double-forward passes.
A double forward pass is essentially throwing the ball forward twice behind the line of scrimmage.
🚨 WE HAVE A DOUBLE FORWARD PASS FOLKS 🚨
— XFL (@xfl2020) February 15, 2020
Jones participated in one such sequence of events with Donnel Pumphrey and DeAndre Thompkins. The trio earned a first down for their efforts.
Given Jones’ strong play thus far, many are wondering if there is a path back to the NFL for the 27-year-old.
In an ESPN interview he did this week, Jones said his singular focus at the moment is winning an XFL Championship. Beyond that, “what happens after that happens.”
Jones most recently served as a backup for the Los Angeles Chargers. Given Philip Rivers’ departure and the team’s thinness at passer in light of that move, a reunion seemingly would not be out of the question.
If the Chargers thing does not work out, there should still be plenty of space for Jones to at the very least serve as a backup in some capacity in the NFL.