Former Los Angeles Chargers and Rams wide receiver Nelson Spruce is having the time of his life in the XFL this season as a member of the Los Angeles Wildcats. If you managed to catch the game this past weekend, you would have probably noticed the familiar surroundings as the Wildcats home field is Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the Chargers over the last three seasons.
Through the first two games of the XFL season, Spruce sits alone at the top of the leaderboard for receiving yards with 192. In a distant second is DC Defenders wideout Rashad Ross with 147. If you recognize that name, it’s because Ross was one of the best wideouts during last year’s AAF season as a member of the Arizona Hotshots.
One of the most impressive things about Spruce’s start to the season is that he’s done it with a different quarterback in each game so far. Chad Kanoff was the starter for the Wildcats in week one before NFL veteran Josh Johnson returned from a lower-body injury to lead the team in week two. Spruce was just as effective with both quarterbacks but it was Johnson that allowed Spruce to be more explosive down the field. In week one, Spruce caught a league-high 11 passes for 103 yards, also becoming the first receiver in the XFL to top 100 yards this season.
In week two, Nelson caught just six passes but he turned that into 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including this deep shot from Johnson.
Nelson Spruce is a legend.— Tony X (@soIoucity) February 16, 2020
Burns DB for deep TD then asks him "what were you saying?" pic.twitter.com/l81FkTfIir
If Spruce continues this type of production all the way through the 10-game season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see either LA team attempt to bring the wideout back. If you’re the Chargers, I think you keep a close eye on Spruce and see if he could eventually be the WR3 that they desperately need.