With the inaugural USFL season coming to a close, we’ll take a look at some bright spots from the league, and which players might fit well with the Buffalo Bills. This new league has produced a handful of under the radar talent, like Darius Victor and KaVontae Turpin. But, would they have a place on this Bills team?
Victor, 28, is a spring league legend. He caught on in the XFL with the New York Guardians in 2020, where he totaled 238 yards and averaged 4.3 YPC. Along with the XFL, Victor has been a bright spot on the New Jersey Generals as well, totaling 437 yards and six rushing TDs in seven games. The Bills have carried six RBs on their roster heading into training camp each of the past two seasons. They should look to add some security to their backfield during the preseason and, if they do, Victor would be a good addition.
Ta’amu has also been around the leagues: the NFL, XFL, and now USFL. If the Buffalo Bills want to look towards the future of the QB2 position and give Josh Allen some consistency back there, signing Ta’amu and letting him sit for a little while could benefit the team in the long run. During his short stint in the XFL, Ta’amu totaled 1,050 yards, five TDs, and two INTs, along with 217 yards and one TD on the ground. After being drafted in the first round of the USFL draft, Ta’amu caught on quickly with the Tampa Bay Bandits. Despite the team’s inconsistent performance (3-4 through seven games), he has been one of the best QBs in the league, recording 1,404 yards, 10 TDs, and eight INTs.
Turpin is the USFL’s leader in receiving yards with 361, and has also caught three TD passes along the way. If signed by the Bills, the speedy Turpin could find a role for himself on ST, as he handled return duties during his college days — he had two kick return TDs and four punt return TDs at TCU. Turpin has been around, playing in the USFL, the European Football League, The Spring League, and the Fan Controlled Football League. At the very least, Turpin would be one of the many players battling for the returner spot come training camp.
Zuber made his way around the NFL before being drafted in the USFL, most recently with the New York Jets (practice squad). The Houston Gamblers took Zuber in the 13th round of the inaugural draft, and he has been one of their most productive players, totaling 293 yards and four TDs. Zuber, 25, is still a young and very raw player, something that the Buffalo Bills love to take a chance on every year. If they sign him, and it works out, the Bills could have a solid rotational player for a while.