USFL Season Review: Thompson sets records, but ex-Jets otherwise struggle to make an impact

The USFL regular season is now over. The playoffs will take place over the next two weeks and then every player will be available for NFL teams to sign. They will all be looking to find the next KaVontae Turpin, after last year's USFL return specialist ended up in Dallas and made the pro bowl.

Are there any players that might be worth a camp invitation from the Jets now the season is over - or any ex-Jets making a case to get back into the league?

Ex-Jets review

Anyone wondering if 2020 draft pick James Morgan was likely to get back into the league got an obvious answer. Having completed less than 50 percent of his passes in the first half of the year, he completed less than 50 percent of his passes in the second half too and ended up with no touchdowns and three interceptions in less than 50 attempts.

Running back Mark Thompson, a former Jets practice squad member, made an impact, though, as he led the league with 14 rushing touchdowns. His production was down in the second half, as he ended up with an average of 4.8 yards per carry which was a yard less than at midseason. He was still second in the league with 654 yards though.

On special teams, Alex Kessman had a strong second half, as he made 15 of 16 field goals and six of seven extra points. Also, a couple of ex-Jets receivers contributed on kickoffs as Rashard Davis averaged 25.6 yards per return and Isaiah Zuber was seventh in the league with 442 yards, at an average of 24.6.

Regular season standouts

At quarterback, McLeod Bethel-Thompson led the league in passing yards, but Alex McGough threw a league-high 20 touchdown passes with only five interceptions. He also rushed for five scores.

Wes Hills was the league's leading rusher, while Corey Coleman had a strong second half to lead the league in receptions and yards. Former Aaron Rodgers teammate Jace Sternberger led the league in touchdown catches and was second in yards per catch from the tight end position.

On defense, Breeland Speaks only had 2.5 sacks after the mid-point of the season, but that was still enough for the former second-round pick to post a league-best nine sacks. Darrelle Revis' cousin, Mark Gilbert led the league with four interceptions and 15 pass breakups.

A couple of linebackers filled up the stat sheet well. Frank Ginda led the league with 104 tackles and also had three interceptions and two forced fumbles and Kyahva Tezino had 94 tackles including a league-high nine tackles for loss. He added two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries - two of which he returned for a score.

In the kicking game, Matt Coghlin and Brandon Aubrey have surely earned themselves a look from NFL teams after they attempted a combined 94 kicks and only missed one each. Coghlin also nailed a 55-yarder in one game. Colby Wadman was the league's leading punter with a gross average of just under 49.

Finally, in the return game, Deon Cain had two of the league's five kickoff return touchdowns. However, the other three players to score on a kickoff return all averaged over 30 yards per return led by Derrick Dillon. Josh Simmons and Cam Echols-Luper also scored and averaged over 30 yards per return. Isaiah Hennie averaged 17.5 yards per punt return to lead the league.

We'll report back if the Jets bring anyone in once the playoffs are over.