The New Jersey Generals are off to a quick start in free agency, which is no surprise. Mike Riley, Billy DeVaney, and the entire organization did the same thing a year ago, signing free agents and former players right after the USFL season ended.
After re-signing TE Wes Saxton a couple of days ago, the New Jersey Generals have now re-signed five players from season two, including star RB Darius Victor.
RB Darius Victor
The Bowling Ball is officially coming back to the Generals for another season. Darius Victor needs no introduction, having been one of the top performers in the USFL for the last two years. He won Offensive Player Of The Year in 2022, leading the USFL with nine rushing touchdowns.
With @yungvitov re-signing with the @USFLGenerals, that means we all get to enjoy another season of Mr. Bowling Ball himself.
Victor is already a USFL legend, leading the league in multiple categories after two seasons. Thick thighs save lives, as Darius has proven time and time again in the USFL.
RB Kingston Davis
While Kingston Davis only played for half the season, he made the most of his limited opportunities in 2023. Davis finished the year with 89 yards on 21 carries, averaging 4.2YPC. Down the stretch, OC Steve Smith seemed to prefer using Davis over RB Trey Williams, with Kingston typically seeing RB2 minutes.
Now that Davis is officially back for season three, expect him to make an even bigger impact in 2024.
Offensive Line: Isaiah Battle & Calvin Ashley
The New Jersey Generals have one of the best ground games in the USFL, and that wouldn’t be possible without their offensive line. They have already re-signed two of their linemen: OT Isaiah Battle, and OG Calvin Ashley.
An under appreciated re-signing for the @USFLGenerals is OT Calvin Ashley.
The 2023 All-USFL offensive tackle has been a major piece to New Jersey's dominant ground game the past two years. Excellent news to see him back with the team for another season. #USFL | @ca70_pic.twitter.com/fpuOSlci2r
Both played major roles for the Generals in 2023, as starters for Mike Riley’s offense. Calvin Ashley, in particular, has been excellent, earning All-USFL honors this past season. He’s an important re-signing and will continue to be an integral piece for New Jersey moving forward.
S Dravon Askew-Henry
The spring football veteran is back with the Generals for another season. Dravon Askew-Henry has been a reliable safety for New Jersey’s secondary, especially when fully healthy. In 2022, he posted 39 tackles and two interceptions. His production was down a bit in 2023 (32 tackles), but this was due to less playing time (only two starts).
It’s excellent to see the USFL and its teams making an effort to re-sign important pieces from the last two seasons. We are heading into uncharted waters in modern spring football history, with the USFL now approaching a third season.
The New Jersey Generals took a step back in 2023. After going 9-1 in the inaugural season, they dropped to 3-7 in what was an injury-riddled year. Now, it’s time to rebound to make a playoff push in season three.
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