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Scrimmage: Seattle Dragons vs. DC Defenders

Defenders WR Jordan Westerkamp (10) hangs on for the touchdown while receiving a big hit from Dragons' S Parker Baldwin during Monday's scrimmage.

HOUSTON -- The XFL is holding 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 DC Defenders faced the Seattle Dragons on Monday and will do so again in the Feb. 8 season opener at Audi Field (2 p.m. ET, ABC).

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

Peak Performances


QB B.J. Daniels: Split time with Brandon Silvers, leading the Dragons to the game’s first score. Rolling to his right, Daniels found WR Dontez Byrd for a touchdown. Byrd fell short of the goal line but rolled over it before being touched.

RB Ja’Quan Gardner: In a game with few long runs, he had an electric 35-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter. It was one of several impressive jaunts by the former Humboldt State star.

CB Marko Myers: The former Southeastern standout made his presence felt in multiple ways. Not only did Myers set up the Dragons with good field position on a long punt return; he also snagged an interception in the OT session.


QB Cardale Jones: He started and played the first half, showing off his strong arm and scrambling ability. Jones was perfect through the air on a drive to end the second quarter, culminating in a 19-yard score to WR Jordan Westerkamp.

S Tyree Kinnel: Accounted for the scrimmage's lone defensive score on about a 45-yard pick-6 in the third quarter. The Michigan product jumped an out route intended for WR Dontez Byrd and cruised into the end zone.

WR Joe Walker: Proved to be a big target by using his 6-foot-3 frame to shield defenders. Made several key catches, including a 4th-and-9 conversion and a deep comebacker on a DC drive late in the fourth quarter.

-- Art Garcia,

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Coaches corner


"Now the tough part comes for us. We have to evaluate our group, we have 70 players and we have to get down to 52. There’s going to be a lot of soul searching for our coaches and for me. Once we get that done we’ll head back to Seattle and start our work week."

Dragons head coach Jim Zorn


“We have a tough football team right now. But we can’t play so reckless that it hurts us. It’s one thing to play with great enthusiasm and energy, but we have to play smart. That’s what I learned about my team today”

Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton

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