The top performers from XFL Week 1

Defense was the storyline of XFL opening weekend, but that’s not to say a few offensive players didn’t shine in their league debuts.

Let’s break down the best from both sides of the ball in Week 1 of the XFL:

P.J. Walker

Walker had a performance that was anything but rough on Saturday. He was – without a doubt – the player of the game and arguably, of the day.

He wasted no time, dropping an absolute dime to former Virginia Tech wide receiver Cam Phillips less than three minutes into the game against the Los Angeles Wildcats, which was the only the beginning.

The former Temple and Indianapolis Colts quarterback beat out former fourth-round NFL draft pick Connor Cook for the starting spot, and his cannon of an arm, complimented by his ability to scramble in the pocket, made him a force on Saturday.

Cardale Jones

Walker wasn’t the only quarterback that showed up and showed out on Saturday. Jones – the former Ohio State Buckeye national champion and fourth-round NFL draft pick – looked like he hadn’t missed a beat.

Add zero interceptions and 28 yards on the ground to his stats. And don’t get us started on that double-reverse flea flicker.

DC Defenders Defense

Cardale Jones made plays, but so did that DC defense. The name “Defenders” is certainly fitting, as they racked up three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble), along with two scores on defense and special teams – an interception return and blocked punt.

Honorable Mention: Nick Holley

PJ Walker stole the show, but another Roughnecks player deserves a little bit of the spotlight. Running back Nick Holley is the epitome of the term, “For the love of the game.”

After three torn ACLs and a broken back, Holley is back in a major way. He had four receptions for 50 yards.


We will see you next week, Nick.