It was a quiet for USFL alumni, as KaVontae Turpin was the only former USFL player to be active this week. Weeks after seeing USFL players make their debuts, USFL fans saw Turpin put up his least dynamic statistical week since coming to the Cowboys.
Turpin totaled 36 All-Purpose Yards in Week 14 (27 Kick Return, 9 Punt Return) however his muffed punt allowed the Texans (1-11-1) to tie the game on a Dameon Pierce 1-Yard TD run. The Cowboys would end up winning their week 14 matchup, however seemed to rather sluggish against the NFL’s worst team as they rallied 10 points to come out with the win. Turpin’s biggest highlight was during the Cowboys Kneel Down, when on the final play Turpin did a back flip to celebrate the teams win. Turpin has totaled 627 All-Purpose Yards in 2022 for the Cowboys.
Tae Hayes Cut and Resigned:
Panthers Cornerback Tae Hayes was cut from the Active Roster to make room for Defensive Lineman Henry Anderson. Hayes was on the Active Roster since week 12 before getting released on December 10th. Hayes was resigned on December 13th as the Panthers cut Nate McCrary. Hayes has appeared in Five games this year totaling three tackles in the 2022 NFL season.
USFL Player Workouts:
Two Houston Gamblers worked out for NFL teams this week in an attempt to further their pro football careers. Mark Thompson, (Running Back) participated in a workout for the Packers on Tuesday, while Tucker Addington (long snapper) worked out with the Patriots on Wednesday. Thompson was the leading rusher for the Gamblers, totaling 465 rushing yards in his first pro regular season. Addington most recently spent a week with the Dallas Cowboys, after an injury to Jake McQuaide. Addington would be released after the Cowboys decided to sign former UFL Long Snapper Matt Overton, while McQuaide is on injured reserve.
The 2022 Season has seen 10 USFL players appear in NFL games this year. Currently 21 players remain on NFL payrolls, with 56 players being offered contracts. With NFL roster limping their way to the finish line of the 2022 season look for USFL players and XFL draftees to continue getting workouts and consideration for the last four weeks of the season. Regardless, it’s extremely impressive that USFL players were able to be given an NFL opportunity within the first season of the “rebooted” league.