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PFF: XFL Week 2 report card

Cardale Jones is at the top of the QB rankings for the second-straight week.

Pro Football Focus breaks down the second week of action in the XFL:

Passing grades

For the second-straight week, DC Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones is atop the PFF Passing Grades. The former Ohio State standout was 23-for-37 for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

Cardale JonesDC Defenders90.6
Josh JohnsonLos Angeles Wildcats79.9
Jordan Ta'amu St. Louis BattleHawks75.9
Phillip WalkerHouston Roughnecks68.0
Landry JonesDallas Renegades54.2
Aaron MurrayTampa Bay Vipers49.0
Matt McGloinNew York Guardians45.4
Brandon SilversSeattle Dragons34.0

Top offensive player in Week 2

Dallas Renegades tight end Donald Parham is atop the offensive player rankings after scoring a 86.1. He pulled in five balls on 11 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. His teammate, running back Cameron Artis-Payne was not too far behind, scoring a 84.1 after rushing 14 times for 99 yards and two scores. The two led the Renegades to their first win in 2020.

NameTeamPositionScore
Donald ParhamDallas RenegadesTE86.1
Cameron Artis-PayneDallas RenegadesRB84.1
Derrick HaywardDC DefendersTE82.8
De'Quan HamptonLos Angeles WildcatsWR79.7
Martez IveyTampa Bay VipersOT78.6
Cardale JonesDC DefendersQB78.6
Jordan Ta'amu St. Louis BattleHawksQB78.5
DeAndre GoolsbyTampa Bay VipersTE78.2

Top Defensive player Week 2 grades

DC Defenders linebacker Jameer Thurman takes home top honors for the PFF Defensive Player for Week 2 after his Pick-6 on Saturday afternoon. The linebacker also had a four combined tackle performance to add to the score.

NameTeam PositionScore
Jameer ThurmanDC DefendersLB91.4
Kyle QueiroSeattle DragonsLB90.1
Antwione WilliamsDC DefendersLB89.5
Tarvarus McFaddenTampa Bay VipersCB89.2
Beniquez BrownHouston RoughnecksLB89.0
Bunmi RotimiNew York GuardiansDE88.2

Team notes

Pro Football Focus also highlights five big takeaways for each of the eight XFL teams.

  • TE duo Sean Price and Donald Parham have recorded 2.06 and 1.98 yards per route run, respectively, the highest numbers for any XFL tight ends with 30 routes ran.
  • OG Salesi Uhatafe has played 94 pass blocking snaps as a guard with just one pressure allowed, the most of any player with one or fewer pressures allowed.
  • DE Gelen Robinson is tied for second in the XFL with 6 run stops.
  • CB Josh Hawkins has allowed a passer rating of 45.4 when targeted, the best mark in the XFL at the cornerback position (Minimum: 10 targets.)
  • Dallas averages 2.3 yards before contact per rush attempt, the best mark in the XFL
  • WR Rashad Ross leads the XFL with 2.94 yards per route run (Minimum: 30 routes.)
  • SAF Rahim Moore has played 75 coverage snaps without allowing a first down, the most of any XFL player.
  • DC has posted a 21% explosive pass percentage (15+ yards) on the season, the best mark in the XFL.
  • DC has only allowed 2.4 yards after contact per rush attempt, the best defensive mark in the XFL.
  • DC has a passer rating faced of 54.4, the leading defensive number in the XFL.
  • OT Terry Poole has not allowed a single quarterback pressure in 83 pass blocking snaps as an offensive tackle, the most in the XFL.
  • OG Avery Gennesy has not allowed a single quarterback pressure in 83 pass blocking snaps as an offensive guard, the most in the XFL.
  • LBs Kaelin Burnett and LaTroy Lewis are two of four players who have recorded 6 or more total pressures from edge defender positions.
  • DT Gabe Wright is tied for the XFL lead with 5 hurries as an interior defensive lineman.
  • Houston has pressured opposing quarterbacks on 41% of passes, an XFL-leading number.
  • QB Josh Johnson leads the XFL with an average depth of target of 13.8 yards (Minimum: 20 pass attempts.)
  • WR Nelson Spruce has recorded 4 explosive receptions (15+ yards) the third-most in the league.
  • CB Harlan Miller leads the XFL with 4 forced incompletions.
  • SAF/LB Ahmad Dixon has played 72 coverage snaps without allowing a first down, the second-most in the XFL. 
  • LB Tre Williams has made 5 total stops this season, the fifth-best mark in the XFL.
  • QB Matt McGloin is second in the XFL with an average depth of target of 12.0 yards (Minimum: 20 pass attempts.)
  • DE Olubunmi Rotimi has recorded 8 total pressures from an edge defender position, the most in the XFL.
  • DT Davon Walker is second in the XFL with 6 total pressures while lined up as an interior defensive lineman.
  • New York averages 2.9 yards after contact per rush attempt, the second-best mark in the XFL.
  • New York has hurried quarterbacks on 33% of dropbacks faced, the best mark in the XFL.
  • QB Jordan Ta’amu has an adjusted completion percentage of 82%, the highest among active XFL starters.
  • RB Matt Jones, with 97 yards after contact as a runner, ranks second in the XFL in yards after contact for the season.
  • OT Jake Campos has not allowed a single quarterback pressure in 47 pass-blocking snaps as an offensive tackle, the second-most in the XFL.
  • St. Louis has only allowed pressures on 13% of passes this season, the best mark in the XFL.
  • St. Louis has an explosive pass percentage faced (15+ yards) of 4.7% percent, the best in the XFL.
  • DT Will Sutton leads the XFL with 7 total pressures while lined up as an interior defensive lineman.
  • LB Steven Johnson leads the XFL with 7 run stops.
  • Seattle’s mark of 0.1 yards before contact per rush attempt allowed is the best in the XFL.
  • Seattle averages 6.5 yards after the catch per completion, the best number in the XFL.
  • Seattle’s defense ranks second in knockdowns (sacks+hits) with 13.
  • RB De’Veon Smith (110 yards) and RB Jacques Patrick (94) rank first and third, respectively, in the XFL in yards after contact as runners this season.
  • DE Deiontrez Mount has recorded 7 total pressures from an edge defender position, the second-most in the XFL.
  • DI Nikita Whitlock is second in the XFL with 6 total pressures while lined up as an interior defensive lineman.
  • SAF Marcelis Branch is tied for second in the XFL with 6 run stops.
  • CB Anthoula Kelly leads the XFL with 4 forced incompletions.