To no one’s surprise, the USFL alumni in the NFL are performing at a high level in the preseason. With 51 USFL to NFL signings since early July, many have taken full advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
Another USFL-to-Green-Bay athlete is Ramiz Ahmed, who was a standout kicker for the Pittsburgh Maulers. He knocked through a USFL record 61 yard field goal, and now has an opportunity to make an impact in Green Bay considering the kicking issues they’re currently facing.
Ahmed did what he needed to do against the Saints, scoring eight points with two field goals and two XP’s. His longest field goal of the night was 45 yards.
Without a doubt, Ike Brown was one of the USFL’s best DB’s – and it’s not even close. He didn’t allow a single touchdown all season, and only surrendered one catch. In the one game where QB Vad Lee tested Brown’s coverage, he picked him off twice.
After signing with the Las Vegas Raiders, Brown’s play has been nothing short of elite. He played well in the Hall Of Fame game against Jacksonville, and built upon that performance against Miami in week two.
Hayes was fantastic with Birmingham, and is now putting himself in a position to succeed in the NFL. If his solid NFL preseason performances keep up, he will have an excellent shot at making the regular season roster.
Bolden signed with the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason, and has been electrifying in training camp. His explosive speed, paired with high IQ and top tier hands, make him into a valuable weapon for any offense.
Victor Bolden doing Victor Bolden things🔥
The USFL Championship Game MVP looks to be fitting in nicely 😏
Against Baltimore in week two, Bolden led the Cardinals receiving core with five catches for 66 yards. Bolden is once again proving that these USFL players can play; and outperform, others at the highest level.
It’s incredible to see so many USFL players making a major impact on NFL teams in the preseason. Garrett McGhin, an All-USFL lineman for the New Jersey Generals, has been outstanding for the New York Giants so far.
DeMarquis Gates, who signed with the Chicago Bears, was excellent against Seattle. The ferocious linebacker finished the game with five total tackles, including two TFL. TE Sal Cannella made an important catch for Green Bay, breaking tackles as he found the first down marker.
Overall, the last couple of months have been spectacular for the USFL. With over 50 players earning opportunities with NFL teams, it proves that the professional football league is accomplishing their goal: giving these athletes a national platform to showcase their skill sets.
Obviously, the NFL was tuning into the USFL all year long. With their unique FOX Sports-NBC Sports partnership, it allows players to display their abilities to the entire nation. As preseason continues, expect many more success stories to come out of these camps.
Which USFL players have you enjoyed watching in the NFL Preseason in 2022? Are there any standouts that you think should make the regular season roster? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!