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NFL signings from USFL tracker: 51 players and counting

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The inaugural season of the USFL provided football fans with loads of thrilling moments. It also provided a wealth of talent for the NFL.

Actually, 51 players to this point have joined NFL teams for training camp and preseason motion. 

A few of them have already managed to make a big impact, perhaps none more prominently than USFL MVP KaVontae Turpin, who sparked his Dallas Cowboys to a preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers by returning each a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.

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The indisputable fact that that NFL has been in a position to mine the USFL so ably for talent doesn’t surprise John Peterson, director of player personnel for the USFL. And he expects more to follow. 

“It’s provided a possibility for these players,” Peterson said of the USFL. “The NFL has been in a position to watch film from our games each week and see who they need to judge further. They really had a likelihood to get evaluation of every player, either on tape or in person.” 

Here’s the list of USFL players who’ve signed to this point with NFL teams, listed from most up-to-date:

AUG. 14, 2022

— Devin Hafford, S, Pittsburgh Maulers: Signed by Patriots.
Ramiz Ahmed, K, Pittsburgh Maulers: Signed by Packers.

AUG. 13, 2022

B.J. Emmons, RB, Tampa Bay Bandits: Signed by Texans. 

AUG. 11, 2022

— KJ Costello, QB, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Saints.
— Brian Allen, CB, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Saints.
DeAndre Torrey, RB, Michigan Panthers: Signed by Eagles.
Stevie Scott, RB, Michigan Panthers: Signed by Broncos.

AUG. 10, 2022

— Dexter Williams, RB, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Packers.
— Micah Abernathy, S, Houston Gamblers: Signed by Packers.
— Jameson Houston, CB, Michigan Panthers: Signed by Seahawks.

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AUG. 9, 2022

— T.J. Carter, DL, Michigan Panthers: Signed by Saints.
— Cameron Hunt, OL, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Chargers.

AUG. 7, 2022

— Matt Colburn, RB, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Jaguars.
— Devin Gray, WR, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Chiefs.
— Quenton Meeks, CB, Tampa Bay Bandits: Signed by Saints.

AUG. 6, 2022

— Chris Odom, DE, Houston Gamblers: Signed by Browns.
— DeMarquis Gates, LB, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Bears.

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AUG. 4, 2022

— Tae Hayes, CB, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Panthers.
— Darrius Shepherd, WR, Recent Jersey Generals: Signed by Broncos.
— De’Vante Bausby, CB, Recent Jersey Generals: Signed by Commanders.

AUG. 3, 2022

— Terrell Bonds, DB, Pittsburgh Maulers: Signed by Titans.
Maurice Alexander Jr., WR, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Lions.

AUG. 1, 2022

— Derrick Dillon, WR, Tampa Bay Bandits: Signed by Browns.
— Sage Surratt, TE, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Chargers.

JULY 30, 2022

— Alex Akingbulu, OT, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Commanders.

JULY 29, 2022

— Tomasi Laulile, DL, Houston Gamblers: Signed by 49ers.
— Shakur Brown, DB, Pittsburgh Maulers: Signed by Titans.
— Bug Howard, TE, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Buccaneers.

JULY 28, 2022

— Darrin Paulo, OT, Tampa Bay Bandits: Signed by Lions.
— Ishmael Hyman, WR, Michigan Panthers: Signed by Packers.
— KaVontae Turpin, WR, Recent Jersey Generals: Signed by Cowboys.

JULY 27, 2022

— Garrett McGhin, OT, Recent Jersey Generals: Signed by Giants.
— Tino Ellis, CB, Michigan Panthers: Signed by Dolphins.
— Lance Lenoir, WR, Michigan Panthers: Signed by Eagles.
— Bailey Gaither, WR, Pittsburgh Maulers: Signed by Ravens.

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July 26, 2022

— Osirus Mitchell, WR, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Packers.
— Rashard Davis, WR, Tampa Bay Bandits: Signed by Jets.
— Domenique Davis, DT, Houston Gamblers: Signed by Bengals.
— Tegray Scales, LB, Houston Gamblers: Signed by Bengals.

July 24, 2022

— Kyle Sloter, QB, Recent Orleans Breakers: Signed by Jaguars.

July 23, 2022

— Luis Perez, QB, Recent Jersey Generals: Signed by Rams.

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July 22, 2022

— Carlo Kemp, LB, Pittsburgh Maulers: Signed by Chargers.
— Victor Bolden, WR, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Cardinals.

July 21, 2022

— Sal Cannella, TE, Recent Orleans Breakers: Signed by Packers.

July 20, 2022

— Ike Brown, CB, Recent Orleans Breakers: Signed by Raiders.

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July 19, 2022

— Isaiah Zuber, WR, Houston Gamblers: Signed by Raiders.
— Jeremiah Pharms Jr., DL, Pittsburgh Maulers: Signed by Patriots.
— Doug Costin, DT, Birmingham Stallions: Signed by Steelers.

July 15, 2022

— DeJuan Neal, CB, Recent Jersey Generals: Signed by Commanders.
— Channing Stribling, CB, Philadelphia Stars: Signed by Commanders.

July 8, 2022

— Christian Sam, LB, Recent Orleans Breakers: Signed by Cowboys.

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