The Kansas City Chiefs have signed quarterback Jordan Ta’amu to a one year deal. He enjoyed an impressive run in the XFL. Now, he’ll get a chance to compete in a NFL quarterback room. Let’s look back into his journey so far.
Jordan Ta’amu has had to travel a bumpy road, in order to prove himself in the game of football. The quarterback hardly received any scholarship offers when leaving Hawaii. His eligibility was screwed up at Ole Miss, by the NCAA. As a senior for the Rebels, Ta’amu completed 63 percent of his passes, with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for six scores.
Afterwards, Jordan Ta’amu went undrafted and spent time in training camp with the Houston Texans. He got a chance to learn with Deshaun Watson there. After getting released last August, Ta’amu joined the newly formed XFL with the St. Louis Battlehawks. His stint in that timeframe, was nothing short of impressive.
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The Ultimate Battlehawk
Jordan Ta’amu has worked so hard for so long to become the ultimate competitor that he is now. During both his college and XFL career, he displayed dual threat ability, plus arm talent and above average athleticism. Meanwhile, blitzing defenders can have a difficult time in bringing him down. His mobility and ability to break tackles brings on plenty of frustration for opponents.
All those intangibles and attributes are impressive. But most of all, Jordan Ta’amu has come a long way with his instincts and football IQ. That is what stood out the most in his XFL play. Ta’amu played extremely loose and aggressive for the St. Louis Battlehawks.
Due to the coronavirus, the XFL season was cancelled. St. Louis and the QB were 3-2 when the season came to a close. To boot, Ta’amu led the league in completion percentage and passing grade.
Given his athletic profile, Jordan Ta’amu fits the quarterback archetype that Andy Reid covets. He has thrived with RPO type of plays, throws over the middle of the field and throwing on the run. Kansas City will likely still opt to keep the recently re-signed Chad Henne on the active roster as the backup quarterback. But, why? Reid generally likes to have a veteran presence with some NFL experience as his backup QB.
However, Ta’amu plays much more to Patrick Mahomes style than Henne’s or Kyle Shurmur‘s. Being able to learn from Mahomes and Reid will benefit him greatly. As a result, he could receive a bigger opportunity in the NFL in the future. Kansas City also routinely wants as much competition as they can get into training camp. Even if Jordan Ta’amu stays on the practice squad, getting this opportunity is what it is all about, especially coming from the XFL.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.