Ryan Jones, John DeFilippo, and the New Orleans Breakers organization have made waves in USFL free agency, signing some bigger names off the board. Now, former Showboats wideout Vinny Papale has joined the organization for 2024.
BREAKING: The New Orleans Breakers have signed WR Vinny Papale, per the team.
Papale has spent the last two years in Tampa Bay/Memphis, and was one of the top receivers for the Showboats this past season.
However, Papale took a big step forward in 2023. With the Memphis Showboats dealing with offensive injuries – and instability at the QB position – Vinny settled into his role seamlessly. He started in four out of ten games played, and finished the year with 345 yards on 33 receptions.
Papale scored three touchdowns on the year, proving to be a red zone threat, something the Showboats needed. Additionally, he was excellent on special teams, leading the USFL in tackles in that category.
With each and every year, Vinny continues to improve in the spring football scene. From 2020-2021, he played with the TSL’s Conquerors, posting 102 receiving yards and two scores in their second season.
Now, Vinny Papale will be joining the New Orleans Breakers – a team that is overflowing with talent at the wideout position.
The New Orleans Breakers WR room is STACKED:
Jonathan Adams Cam Echols-Luper Lee Morris Vinny Papale Dee Anderson Eli Stove Jovon Durante Jimmie Robinson Jr.
All the @USFLBreakers need to do now is figure out their QB situation…this group of wideouts is elite. #USFL
At the moment, it’s tough to know who will be throwing passes to Vinny, and the rest of the receiver room. Veteran McLeod Bethel-Thompson is not returning for 2024. Aqeel Glass and Davis Cheek are both currently on the team’s roster, but their status remains to be seen for next season.
Regardless of that outlook, the Breakers are primed to run it back in 2024. So far, New Orleans has signed a few players in USFL free agency, including:
WR Cam Echols-Luper (Generals) WR Jimmie Robinson Jr. (IFL) TE Marcus Baugh (Panthers)
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