Wide Receiver Nelson Spruce, LA Wildcats
Unlike Walker and Phillips, Nelson Spruce’s team, the Los Angeles Wildcats, hasn’t seen a lot of success. With the team’s first victory coming last Sunday, the Wildcats have struggled so far, but Spruce has not. The wideout is tied with Phillips for the most receptions in the league, ranks second with 256 receiving yards and has scored twice.
For those who have followed the Southern California native for a significant amount of time, his success in the XFL should come as no surprise. Spruce broke multiple records at the University of Colorado as he posted some very impressive career statistics: 294 catches, 3,347 yards, and 23 touchdowns. In both 2014 and 2015, he broke the thousand-yard mark and was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection.
After college, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams and had an impressive showing during the team’s first preseason game – six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown – but suffered knee and calf injuries and finished his rookie year on injured reserve. In 2017, he was bitten by the injury bug again and bounced around the league but never saw any regular-season action. He would go on to play for the San Diego Fleet in the infamous AAF and managed to haul in 38 receptions for 426 yards before the league folded.
As far as Spruce’s fit in Las Vegas, it’s along the same lines as Phillips, he could be a good depth acquisition at wide receiver. The former Colorado Buffalo has been productive everywhere he has played but the biggest question is, can he stay healthy?