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Panthers Continue to Build Receiving Corps Amid USFL Free Agency Frenzy

Another week into the USFL offseason and the Michigan Panthers have once again added to the wide receiver position. This week the Panthers picked up A.J. Richardson, a former Boise State Receiver who has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals. Richardson has made his first transition to spring football as from form 2019-2021 he’s been in the NFL circuit.

Richardson can definitely be viewed as having a successful pro career. Earning over 251,800 dollars per spotrac, Richardson was definitely on the cusp of transitioning from practice squad player to Bonafide NFL receiver at one point. Richardson did total 99 receptions for 1474 yds, and 11 touchdowns while at Boise state throughout his college career, will now have the chance to fully display his skillset with the USFL’s Michigan Panthers. Especially with rumors that Ross is trying to transition to the XFL.

Ross has posted a number of social media post signifying that he is trying to go to the XFL. Between participating in the NFL Alumni Academy, and per XFL analyst will be a part of the 2023 XFL Draft Pool (Former Panther Jeff Badet is also in the draft pool). Per a source as well, Ross has confirmed that he is actively trying to transition to the XFL. Ross was a solid option behind Lance Lenoir for the Panther recording 28 receptions for 312 yards and 1 touchdown.

With the loss of Ishmael Hyman, Lance Lenoir, and now seemingly Devin Ross, the addition of AJ Richardson this free agent cycle, coupled with Whop Philyor, Isiah McKoy, and La’Darius McElroy are shaping up to have a huge role in 2023 for the Panthers. With the revamp of the wide receiver position Panthers fans can expect for an even more dynamic passing offense then we saw in 2022. For Richardson and this young receiving group hopefully with leadership of Paxton Lynch can translate in more wins and an eventual USFL championship in season 2.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging out with his dogs in his off time.

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