We're now at the halfway point of the XFL regular season and the league is still in existence despite falling ratings. Let's see how the former Jets players got on this week.
Seattle Dragons 23 Houston Roughnecks 32
Linebacker Edmond Robinson played a key role for the second straight week as he had four tackles, a sack and one other tackle for loss. Robinson's fellow ex-Jets Kony Ealy and DeAngelo Henderson were inactive.
Two Jets made key contributions for Seattle as defensive end Jacquies Smith had a strip sack and cornerback Marko Myers intercepted a pass. Myers added four tackles and one other pass break-up. Smith had one other tackle. Derrick Jones (making his first appearance), Santos Ramirez and Godwin Igwebuike each had a special teams tackle with Ramirez adding one tackle on defense. Quarterback Brandon Silvers and defensive back Jeremy Clark were inactive.
NY Guardians 30 Dallas Renegades 12
Defensive tackle TJ Barnes continues to contribute for the Guardians who pulled away in the second half after the scores were tied at 6-6 at the half. Barnes had two run stuffs and a quarterback hit.
For the Renegades, cornerback Darius Phillips was only credited with one tackle but gave up just one yard on four targets.
St Louis Battlehawks 6 DC Defenders 15
Three ex-Jets made contributions on defense for the Defenders, led by Anthony Johnson who is now third in the league with 2.5 sacks after registering one on Sunday. Johnson added one more quarterback hit and two other tackles. Linebacker Jonathan Celestin had seven tackles and Shamarko Thomas had four, with each of them recording one tackle for loss. Celestin also recovered a blocked punt for the second time this season to set up a late field goal.
With Robert Nelson inactive, cornerback David Rivers was the only former Jets contributor for the Battlehawks, although his lone tackle was an important one as it forced DC to settle for a field goal late in the fourth quarter, keeping it a one-possession game and giving them a chance to tie it on their final drive. The drive stalled at the 25-yard line, although there was a controversial finish when the Defenders were able to run out the last few seconds but actually appeared to have left two seconds on the clock.
Tampa Bay Vipers 34 LA Wildcats 41
LA fell into a big hole early in this one, as quarterback Josh Johnson threw an interception and lost a fumble, but he bounced back to pass for 288 yards and four touchdowns, with several impressive tight window throws.
Unfortunately, LA's win was marred by a Brandon Barnes knee injury that looked like it might be serious. The ex-Jets tight end, who had three catches including one for a touchdown, had been among the more productive tight ends in the league so far.
Wide receiver Tre McBride also had to bounce back for LA after he lost a fumble on a punt return and suffered a rib injury. He ended up with three catches including one for a touchdown and also got into the end zone for a conversion.
The Wildcats also got some good defensive contributions from ex-Jets. Linebacker Taiwan Jones had four tackles including two on plays he blew up in the backfield. He also could have had three interceptions, dropping an easy pick-six, seeing another pass go off his hands for a completion and actually picking off one pass only for a penalty to turn it over. Edge defender Victor Ochi - seeing his first action after being activated from "Team 9" - impressed with his get-off and had six tackles, including one for a loss. He also had one quarterback hit and helped blow up a handful of kickoffs, although he was called for a defensive penalty.
Tampa Bay also got some good contributions from ex-Jets, including Daniel Williams, who is now second in the league in receiving after making five catches for 86 yards, adding one point-after conversion. The returning tight end Nick Truesdell added two short catches but also had a false start penalty.
Defensively, Obum Gwacham had four tackles, with three of those coming on special teams. Safety Robenson Therezie didn't register any tackles but did down a Jacob Schum punt. Schum's first punt was a 56-yarder but his other three averaged just 35 yards.