UFL Preview: Las Vegas
(Left: The face of the UFL?)
J.P. Losman may not be the guy holding the UFL's head above water, but he's the poster boy for what the new league is attempting to accomplish.
This league is all about bringing an NFL-like game to cities that don't get the luxury of having an NFL team near them.
The UFL is also about gathering the best talent that the NFL looks over and putting it on a stage where players can showcase their skills.
This slideshow is the first of four analyzing the teams' "stars."
Who will help make the UFL exciting, who will prove they were always a bust, and who will take their first step toward getting back to the NFL?
Michael Vick, anyone?
J.P. Losman (QB)
Losman is still an interesting player with a lot of ability.
He struggled with inconsistency in Buffalo but also had to work magic behind a shady offensive line, and—outside of Lee Evans—he never really had many weapons at his disposal.
The UFL will be his stage to show the NFL what they're missing out on.
Tyrell Fenroy (RB)
Fenroy is a small name from a small school, but his numbers in college speak volumes.
Originally undrafted and then signed and released by Chicago, Fenroy has the speed and physical tools to be a productive pro back.
His gaudy numbers of nearly 5,000 career rushing yards—as well as 48 rushing touchdowns—show he can handle the full load, which is something he may be doing in Las Vegas.
David Kircus (WR)
Nicknamed "Circus Kircus" for his famous acrobatic catches at Grand Valley State, Kircus is a fantastic example of solid talent slipping through the cracks.
Kircus was drafted in the sixth round by Detroit in 2003 after putting up ridiculous numbers for GVS but then struggled to stick with any of the three different NFL teams he played for (Detroit, Denver, and Miami).
Kircus has underrated speed and quickness, is an exceptional route runner,and has some of the best hands in all of football.
Adam Archuleta (S)
After being phased out of Washington—and then Chicago—Adam Archuleta, once one of the better safeties in the league, will try to jump-start his career in the UFL.
Archuleta, an outstanding defender in college, was originally drafted in the first round by the Rams after running a 4.37 40-yard dash and impressing in almost every other physical drill.
However, after signing a huge contract with the Redskins that made him the richest free safety ever, he was asked to do more coverage than he had earlier in his career—which exposed his lackluster coverage skills.
Archuleta is a hard-hitting safety who can cover a lot of ground and is adept at run support. He is more of a system safety, like John Lynch.