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J.P. Losman Becomes Face of the UFL

Jul 22, 2009 – 1:45 PM
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Confirming much speculation from a few weeks ago, former Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman has decided to take his craft to the upstart United Football League. Losman will sign with the Las Vegas team in the UFL, who will be coached by Jim Fassel.

Losman entered Buffalo with somewhat modest expectations. He was drafted 22nd overall in 2004, following a senior year at Tulane where he threw for 3,077 yards and 33 touchdown passes. He showed flashes of being a decent quarterback at times, and even threw for 3,051 yards and 19 touchdown passes with an 84.9 rating in his only full season as a starter. Regardless, he lost out on the starting job to Trent Edwards during 2007 and was sent packing after 2008 with his career 10-23 record and 75.6 rating.

When faced with either a definite back-up job, possibly even third-string, or playing in the new UFL, Losman chose to head to Vegas and join up with Fassel. As Tom Friend of ESPN wrote, Losman is probably going to be the face of the league.

Now, that might sound laughable, but have you seen some of the other "big" names the UFL has garnered thus far? The other option, to me, would be Chris Perry, but quarterbacks are generally more visible than running backs. Losman is easily the guy with the most NFL pedigree, and he's only 28 years-old. In fact, he's young enough that he could parlay a successful makeover in the UFL into another NFL gig.

Remember, Tommy Maddox was the MVP of the only XFL season and he ended up playing five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, making 36 starts and even starting two playoff games -- including one where he threw for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns. Doug Flutie was unwanted in the NFL at one point before starring in the CFL. He then came back as a cult hero in Buffalo, where he made the Pro Bowl and started a playoff game.

It's entirely possible. Losman does have talent, despite the stigma eminating from his inconsistent play in upstate New York.

In 2009, he'll get the chance to show if he still has the talent against a bunch of other guys who couldn't cut it in the NFL.
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