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Scrimmage: Tampa Bay Vipers vs. New York Guardians

Vipers WR Seantavius Jones (15) catches the football past the out-stretched arm of Guardians CB Bryce Jones (29) for a touchdown during Tuesday's scrimmage

HOUSTON -- The XFL held its final scrimmages of the 2020 Training Camp on Monday and Tuesday at TDECU Stadium. All eight teams are in their final preparations for Wednesday's roster cutdowns.

The Tampa Bay Vipers faced the New York Guardians on Tuesday, and New York will host this rematch at MetLife Stadium in each team's 2020 season opener Sunday, Feb. 9 (2 p.m. ET, FOX).

Here's what went down in this final scrimmage for both teams.

Peak Performances


LB Emmanuel Beal: The former Oklahoma Sooner played a significant role stuffing the run game by zeroing in on the ball from sideline to sideline. He also thwarted a golden scoring chance for New York with an interception inside the Vipers’ 10-yard line.

WR Daniel Williams: He opened the second half with a pair of special plays. The former Jackson State star made a spectacular catch inside the 5-yard line on QB Taylor Cornelius’ deep ball before connecting shortly after on a fade in the back of the end zone.

TE Pharoah McKever: The 6-foot-6, 259-pounder served as a huge target for QBs Aaron Murray and Cornelius while delivering the lumber any time a defender attempted a tackle.


QB Matt McGloin: It was an eventful first half for the former Oakland Raider. McGloin came out firing by testing Tampa Bay deep, throwing for three TDs by halftime. Some of his shine was muted by two picks.

WR Colby Pearson: The fleet-footed BYU product also used his head on a 76-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Pearson chased down the deep ball before losing his footing inside the 30, but realizing he wasn’t touched, he popped up and raced into the end zone.

WR Teo Redding: Another consistent target for McGloin, the Bowling Green pass catcher had a 36-yard scoring grab and a one-point conversion in the opening half. Redding also helped set up the Guardians’ third score.

-- Art Garcia,

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Coaches corner


“It’s going to be a tough night and tough morning, because we have to tell 18 players that we have grown very close to and who have worked very hard to make our team better that they have to move on.”

Vipers head coach Marc Trestman on the upcoming roster cuts


"There are still a lot of things that need to be cleaned up, but it was nice to see some big plays, a couple of deep balls that were good. Defensively I thought we were sharp in the first half. In the second half we committed too many penalties. It was more on us than them."

Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride

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