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Former Steelers Landry Jones and Demarcus Ayers among players attending XFL Summer Showcase events

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Hoping to resurrect his football career in the fledgling XFL, Landry Jones is one of several former Steelers who took part in a combine style event in Dallas for the new league on Friday

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After a disappointing end to the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football, it would be fair to question how much of an appetite football fans will have for the XFL in 2020. Much like the failed AAF, the returning league will feature eight different teams and many well-known coaches in charge of rosters containing several former NFL players.

On Friday, the XFL gave potential viewers and indicator of the sort of talent they could expect to be watching next spring with the first of eight Summer Showcase events they plan to hold in each of the league’s host cities. An invitation-only workout that included former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones among other notable names.

As per the full list of players in attendance on Friday, Jones was far from the only name with Black and Gold connections going through his paces in Texas, with running back Daryl Richardson, tight end Cameron Clear and defensive backs Dashuan Phillips and Brandon Dixon also among the players taking part.

As per the XFL, the showcase event will include:

  • Height, weight, and additional measurements for each player
  • Light Combine-like athletic testing, including the 40-yard-dash and shuttle drills
  • Individual positional workouts and 1-on-1 drills, led by XFL Coaching Staff
  • Private, additional workouts with XFL Coaching Staff, as needed
  • Provide player interviews and background information, as needed
  • Players will receive boxed lunch upon completion of XFL Summer Showcase

The next event will be held in Houston on Saturday and will feature at least one more former Steelers player in wide receiver Demarcus Ayers, most recently seen playing for the San Antonio Commodores of the AAF.

The remaining showcase events on the schedule:

  • Houston: June 8th - TDECU Stadium
  • New York: June 14th - Sprague Field Carlisle Rd
  • Washington DC: June 15th - The St. James Complex
  • Los Angeles: June 21st - Veterans Memorial Stadium
  • Seattle: June 22nd - Memorial Stadium
  • Tampa Bay: June 29th - Raymond James Stadium
  • St. Louis: July 13th - Lou Fusz Training Facility