Plenty of former Redskins players make XFL rosters

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LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 30: Josh Johnson #8 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

The XFL will be launching right after the Super Bowl as spring football continues to attempt a comeback. Here’s a look at all the former Redskins on XFL rosters.

Last spring, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) attempted to make spring football a thing again. They didn’t last a full season before they had to fold.

But that won’t stop the XFL from attempting a comeback. The XFL was born in 2001 and lasted a single season before it was canceled. The theatrical display that was the league’s first season won’t take place in this attempted reboot 19 years later. Instead, the focus will be on football.

Time will only tell if the XFL is going to catch on. But one thing is certain. Among the players in the league, there are plenty of former Redskins that will be in action. Here’s a look at all of them ahead of the XFL’s re-launch in early February.

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Quarterbacks and Kickers

QB Josh Johnson, L.A. Wildcats. Johnson will be fondly remembered for his time in a Redskins uniform. He was the team’s fourth starter during the team’s ridiculously injured-plagued 2018 season that saw Alex Smith suffer a brutal leg injury, Colt McCoy break his leg too, and Mark Sanchez struggle before Johnson replaced him.

Despite having little to no time with the team, Johnson was able to keep the Redskins competitive in three starts. They went 1-2 under his watch and he passed for 590 yards and three touchdowns while adding 120 yards and a score on the ground. He wasn’t very accurate and did have four picks, but for a guy signed off the street, he fared well.

QB Jalan McClendon, L.A. Wildcats. McClendon spent just a month with the Redskins as a fourth-string quarterback before the 2019 season. He replaced Josh Woodrum in that role and saw sparing action for the team in the ’19 preseason. He showed off good size (6-5) and mobility, so some thought he could get a practice squad spot. But with the team set at QB, they moved on from him.

K Nick Novak, L.A. Wildcats. Novak kicked for the Redskins in six games during the 2005 season. He made just 50 percent of his field goals. He went on to become a solid kicker for the Los Angeles Chargers and Houston Texans, but he hasn’t kicked in the NFL since 2017. He recently played in the AAF.

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