Raiders coach Josh McDaniels on USFL: ‘So much good football is played when you look at that league’

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NFL teams have signed several USFL players since the recently completed USFL season, and Las Vegas Raiders Head coach Josh McDaniels, who signed two of those players this week, was impressed with what he saw from the league.

Raiders Sign Houston Gamblers wide receiver Isaiah ZuberJoe led the USFL in receiving touchdowns, and New Orleans Breakers cornerback Ike Brown, and McDaniels noted that being able to see him active on the field this year was an “advantage.”

Isaiah Zuber of the Houston Gamblers catches the ball in the fourth quarter of a game against the Birmingham Stallions at Protective Stadium on June 11, 2022 in Birmingham, Ala.
(Michael Reeves/USFL/Getty Images)

“I think it speaks to the fact that a lot of people continue to work hard because they want to achieve their dream of playing in the NFL and making a career for themselves,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Thursday. Huh.”

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“When you look at that league, great football was played.”

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels speaks during a news conference at the team's practice facility on May 26, 2022 in Henderson, Nev.

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels speaks during a news conference at the team’s practice facility on May 26, 2022 in Henderson, Nev.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

According to the USFL websiteNine of its players have signed with NFL teams.

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Zuber played three seasons at Kansas State before finishing his college career at Mississippi State. He signed as a draft free agent with New England Patriots In 2020, a total of two receptions for 29 yards and two quick attempts for 21 yards in four games.

Isaiah Zuber (1) of the Houston Gamblers jumps to catch the ball as D'Vente Bousby (41) and Angelo Garbutt (49) of the New Jersey Generals defend in the first quarter at Protective Stadium on May 21, 2022 in Birmingham, Ala. Huh.  ,

Isaiah Zuber (1) of the Houston Gamblers jumps to catch the ball as D’Vente Bousby (41) and Angelo Garbutt (49) of the New Jersey Generals defend in the first quarter at Protective Stadium on May 21, 2022 in Birmingham, Ala. Huh. ,
(Dylan Buell/USFL/Getty Images)

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Brown signed with the Buffalo Bills as a draft free agent in 2020 before retiring early. He back to the USFL, where he made 16 tackles and two interceptions for 98 yards with the breakers, including one for a touchdown.