Report: Broncos Interested in Sensational XFL QB P.J. Walker

Chad Jensen

Like every other college and pro sports league, the fledgling XFL had to cease operations in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The stoppage could end up being a blessing in disguise for some XFL players trying to break into the big league — the NFL. 

According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, the Denver Broncos have expressed an interest in Houston Roughnecks QB P.J. Walker. 

Walker was easily the sensation of the XFL. He led the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns. 

The 6-foot, 207-pound signal-caller played his college ball at Temple and went undrafted in 2017. He left the college ranks with over 10,000 passing yards and 74 touchdowns through the air, with 44 interceptions. 

Walker's completion percentage of 56.9, along with his less-than prototypical size, likely scared NFL teams off. However, he did leave Temple with a career passer rating of 129.1. He brings a dual-threat ability and despite the lower level of competition in the XFL, he was clearly a play-maker. 

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The Broncos aren't looking for a starting quarterback with Drew Lock entering his second NFL season. Denver just signed Jeff Driskel to serve as Lock's veteran backup. 

This is more of a rumor than anything, but it wouldn't be hard to imagine the Broncos bringing Walker in to compete in training camp and see what's what. Brett Rypien is also on the roster, and at worst, Walker would compete with him to be QB3. 

We'll see if this rumor picks up momentum, or if anyone actually plugged into Dove Valley corroborates this report. But keep an eye on it. For what it's worth, Walker is under contract with the Roughnecks. I'm not sure what the process and/or limitations might be for Walker to jump ship. 

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Comments (10)

From what I understand, when the XFL ceased operations for the season they also allowed players to catch on with NFL teams.

As for Walker, it’s certainly intriguing. Never hurts to hedge your bets at the QB position. Bring him in and if there’s something there you can find a way to keep him around.

From what I have heard, Lock and Rypien have an Elway/Kubiak type relationship. Rypien has been instrumental in explaining certain things in a way Lock can understand, when he’s having trouble with coaching. If it’s true, I don’t think you want to break that up.

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Interesting that Carolina isn’t in the convo. Cam is gone and Rhule coached Walker at Temple.


I said this in another thread. Earlier in the week the league office told all NFL teams not to sign XFL players at this time. That might have changed but if it has nobody has reported the change in protocol.


I think some needy team will offer Walker a chance to compete for a starting job. It would surprise me if he takes a backup job in the NFL. I dont want him because I dont want Lock to have to look over his shoulder at the shiny XFL star either

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