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USFL offers ‘another avenue to bring in players,’ says Bucs GM


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The USA Soccer League is gearing up for its second week of action with a slate of games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

USFL teams are filled with players who have been in the NFL before or are hoping to get their foot in the door. From guys like Paxton Lynch, Scooby Wright and TJ Logan, there are plenty of players who have tasted professional football at the highest level.

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Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks to the media during the press conference with former head coach Bruce Arians and new head coach Todd Bowles on March 31, 2022 at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Pennsylvania. Florida.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, who is preparing for the next NFL Draft in 2022, was asked on Tuesday about USFL scouting for potential NFL prospects.

“I think it would be [helpful]. It would be great to have our eyes on. We always say the most important thing is the band. So it gives us more tape to watch and another avenue to bring in players,” Licht said.

NFL front offices will have plenty of bands from the USFL player pool.

USFL offers ‘another avenue to bring in players,’ says Bucs GM

Teams line up to play during the USFL game between the Pittsburgh Maulers and the Tampa Bay Bandits on April 18, 2022 at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.
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The league is expected to play 10 weeks of regular season football and have two weeks for the playoffs. The championship is set for July 3.

The Michigan Panthers take on the New Jersey Generals on Friday at 8 p.m. ET in the United States. On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Maulers take on the Philadelphia Stars at noon ET on FOX while the Birmingham Stallions take on the Houston Gamblers at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.

USFL offers ‘another avenue to bring in players,’ says Bucs GM

J’Mar Smith #6 of the Birmingham Stallions looks on during warm ups before the game against the New Jersey Generals at Protective Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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The week will end with the New Orleans Breakers taking on the Tampa Bay Bandits at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.


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