P.J. Walker was on his way to winning the MVP award of the 2020 XFL season. The Houston Roughnecks quarterback had absolutely dominated the new league before play was suspended.
Walker completed 65-percent of his throws (119-for-184) for 1,338 yards, 15 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He developed quick chemistry with wide receiver Cam Phillips, who had 455 yards and nine touchdowns, well ahead of the rest of the league. The team finished the year 5-0, and looked like the league’s best.
When the league launched, Walker was referred to commissioner Oliver Luck by his son, former Indianapolis Colts superstar QB Andrew Luck. He had been a member of the Colts practice squad in 2017. Even after a shortened year, it sounds like Walker is firmly back on the NFL’s radar.
The Seattle Seahawks were already interested in P.J. Walker during the XFL year. Walker drew some style comparisons to Russell Wilson, and could slide in as a backup. Seattle doesn’t currently have a backup locked in, after having Geno Smith on the team last year. The Seathawks won’t be alone though.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 20, 2020
The Arizona Cardinals obviously want to have a solid option in place behind Kyler Murray. While he doesn’t have a huge injury history so far, he is smaller and there has been plenty of speculation that the physicality of the NFL could wear on him, right or wrong.
The team made the major acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins this week, acquiring the Houston Texans star wide receiver in what has been deemed a total steal by most.
The Denver Broncos are the last team listed above by Berman. Denver is moving forward with second-year passer Drew Lock, though obviously he’s no…err…Lock to work out.