3 USFL All-Stars the Commanders should invite to training camp
By Jerry Trotta
1. Maurice Alexander, WR/KR
The Commanders are currently loaded at receiver, but that shouldn’t dissuade the coaching staff from creating more competition at training camp.
A converted college quarterback at Florida International, Alexander does a little bit of everything for the championship-bound Philadelphia Stars. Now a full-time receiver and return man, Alexander led the USFL with 707 kickoff return yards (31.5 per return). His 12.6 yards average yards per punt return are nothing to sneeze at, either.
Alexander is undersized at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, but that didn’t stop 2021 undrafted free agent Jaret Patterson from turning heads last offseason and preseason before earning a spot on the 53-man roster. You might counter with Alexander isn’t a running back. While that’s true, the 25-year-old could be utilized as an all-purpose player, akin to how Curtis Samuel plans to be used.
A USFL All-Star this season, Alexander’s athleticism and overall dynamism as an offensive weapon has likely already caught the NFL’s attention and the Commanders would be smart to get the ball rolling before other teams reach out and scoop him up.
Versatility is king in today’s NFL and Alexander’s is too captivating to pass up. At the very least, the Stars standout could compete with Alex Erickson and Dax Milne for kickoff and punt return duties during training camp.
What’s the worst that could happen?