SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Johnny Manziel instructed journalists previous this month that he’d welcome the risk to play within the XFL, calling it a “nice alternative.”
However is the XFL inquisitive about him?
“Smartly, I don’t know that but,” XFL commissioner Oliver Good fortune instructed USA TODAY Sports activities on Saturday. “That continues to be observed.”
The startup spring soccer league, which is able to kick off in February, is recently preserving a chain of exercises in every of the 8 towns that may area XFL groups — maximum not too long ago in a suburb of Washington D.C. on Saturday morning. The invitation-only occasions are designed to offer kind of 800 gamers an opportunity to audition in entrance of XFL coaches, with hopes of incomes a place within the league’s draft pool within the coming months.
Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner who has bounced from the NFL to the Canadian Soccer League and, maximum not too long ago, the Alliance of American Soccer, has expressed pastime about taking part in for XFL franchises in Dallas or Houston. But he didn’t obtain a call for participation to both exercise.
When requested particularly about Manziel’s standing with the XFL, Good fortune mentioned gamers who’ve now not won invites may just nonetheless really well finally end up within the league. A lot relies on the league’s 8 head coaches, he mentioned.
“There are numerous guys that performed within the AAF and performed all seven video games or no matter they’d. We didn’t invite them right here as a result of we’ve were given sufficient tape on them,” Good fortune mentioned in an interview on the St. James athletic advanced. “So Johnny has some tape, proper? Whether or not it’s Canada — and we now have two coaches from the CFL, (Marc) Trestman and June Jones. Or there’s faculty. What he did clearly within the NFL.
“If 8 guys say, ‘we’d like that man within the league,’ we’ll put him within the league. Or put him within the draft pool. Whether or not groups draft him, that’s as much as the person head coaches.”
Good fortune mentioned the XFL will almost definitely signal between 200 and 250 of the gamers on this preliminary spherical of exercises to its draft pool. However the league plans to construct the vast majority of its participant base after NFL roster cuts — plucking gifted quarterbacks, for instance, who lose out on backup jobs. The XFL draft is predicted to happen in October.
“Numerous this, you must roughly glance somewhat bit forward and take into consideration the type of ability that we’ll have, proper?” Good fortune mentioned, in keeping with a 2d query about Manziel. “So ultimate week in Dallas, Landry Jones participated. He simply were given minimize from the Raiders. He used to be form of in a struggle for I assume the backup spot to Derrick Carr, with Mike Glennon. In order that would possibly occur 3 or 4 instances with others in equivalent eventualities.
“There’s numerous just right gamers in that league that really well may just get minimize. Like Landry. So we now have to verify we roughly stay that during thoughts as we take into consideration how we construction our draft pool.”
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