Hall of Fame Game: USFL star Kyle Sloter will get NFL shot with Jaguars

By Eric D. Williams
FOX Sports activities NFL Author

Two USFL teammates return to the stadium they performed in in the course of the spring league’s playoffs when the NFL kicks off preseason play on Thursday. 

Quarterback Kyle Sloter fits up for the Jaguars whereas cornerback Ike Brown represents the Raiders within the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, at 8 p.m. ET. In June, each performed for the New Orleans Breakers within the USFL semifinal sport towards the eventual champs, the Birmingham Stallions.

Sloter was an All-USFL choice, ending with 1,798 passing yards and 9 touchdowns. Brown totaled 16 tackles and two interceptions for the Breakers. Houston Gamblers receiver Isaiah Zuber, who led the USFL with 5 landing receptions in the course of the common season, can also be a member of the Raiders.

Kyle Sloter’s journey from NFL to USFL

Kyle Sloter's journey from NFL to USFL

QB Kyle Sloter has tried out for 26 completely different NFL groups and talks about what he discovered that helped him with the New Orleans Breakers.

“There’s a lot of history in this game,” Sloter stated. “It is an honor to have the ability to play in it. 

“It is undoubtedly cool to come back again,” he added, referencing Tom Benson Stadium. “It is all the time good to be in acquainted territory. Mentally, I have been capable of envision myself in among the positions I’ll be in, simply in my environment and realizing what it felt wish to be on that turf and in that stadium.”

For Sloter, who has tried out for 26 NFL teams, it’s another chance to earn a spot on a 53-man roster. He is fourth on the QB depth chart for Jacksonville, competing with C.J. Beathard and Jake Luton for a backup spot behind starter Trevor Lawrence.

“Will probably be a problem, nevertheless it’s one thing I am up for,” Sloter said. “And it is one thing I’ve performed prior to now. I get pleasure from main guys that look to me.” 

To get this shot with Jacksonville, Sloter said it helped that he has a history with Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy. They were together for a time in Denver, where McCoy was a Broncos coach from 2009 to 2012 and again in 2017. 

Lawrence will not play on Thursday, and Beathard is still recovering from a groin injury, so Luton and Sloter should see plenty of action.

“I am one of many few those that will likely be on the market which have seen sport motion as just lately as a month and a half in the past,” Sloter said. “Plenty of these guys are taking part in their first sport from a 12 months in the past this time, the place preseason was the one time that they [play]. Or they’re rookies that have not performed at this stage earlier than.

“So I’m sure for a lot of guys, the lights will be a little bit bright and mistakes will be made. For others, some people rise to that.” 

Sloter’s scientific passing helps Breakers edge Panthers

Sloter's clinical passing helps Breakers edge Panthers

Within the USFL’s first extra time sport, Kyle Sloter threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns because the Breakers held on for an exhilarating 31-29 win over Michigan.

Sloter stated taking part in within the USFL is a bonus as a result of he bought reside reps in the course of the 10-game common season and playoffs. He additionally stated that due to that taking part in time, he is not totally wholesome going into his first preseason sport of this 12 months.

“I’ll be more of a pocket passer, probably a little more stationary just because of some things I’m still kind of dealing with,” Sloter stated. “But things are getting better from that regard, nothing to worry about. Still good enough to play.” 

Again in Canton, Sloter bought likelihood to see his Breakers jersey in a USFL show within the Hall of Fame. His Jacksonville teammates took some photos.

“It was a really cool experience,” Sloter stated. “That was something the USFL gave me. I don’t know how long my jersey will be there, but hopefully it’s there for a long time, and I’m able to show my kids that.” 

For now, Sloter is concentrated on including a Jaguars jersey to his private assortment.

Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, overlaying the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Observe him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.


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