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D.C. Defenders vs. New York Guardians: Date, Time, Live Stream, How to Watch

D.C. Defenders vs. New York Guardians: Date, Time, Live Stream, How to Watch

After a successful first week for the XFL and the team, the 1-0 DC Defenders return to Audi Field in Washington D.C. to host the New York Guardians. 

Both teams opened their season with double-digit home victories and will be vying for the rebooted league's first winning streak in the early time slot Saturday. The Defenders overcame a halftime deficit in front of over 17,000 fans to come away with a 31-19 win over the Dragons in the opening week, while the Guardians blew out the Tampa Bay Vipers, 23-3. 

Saturday's game will feature two signal-callers who enjoyed successful college careers and spent time in the NFL. Cardale Jones of the Defenders helped Ohio State win a national championship in 2015, while the Guardians' Aaron Murray was a four-year starter at Georgia, where he set the SEC record for passing yards and touchdowns through the air. 

Jones had a better stat line between the two passers in the first week. The former Buckeye completed 16-of-26 passes for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Murray was 16-of-34 passing for 231 yards with two interceptions. 

With only a 10-game regular season and just the top-two teams from each division eligible for the postseason, this early season matchup carries heavier implications.

DEFENDERS vs. GUARDIANS WEEK 2

Who: DC Defenders vs. New York Guardians

What: Week 2 of the 2020 XFL regular season

When: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2:00 p.m. EST

Where: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.

TV Channel: ABC

Live Stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN App

Radio: 106.7 The Fan

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Tight end Khari Lee becomes first DC Defenders player to sign with an NFL team

Tight end Khari Lee becomes first DC Defenders player to sign with an NFL team

Former DC Defenders tight end Khari Lee has a new home.

The 28-year-old has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, the club announced on Wednesday.

As a member of the Defenders, Lee started all five games. He totaled just eight receptions for 91 yards on the season, with two of his catches resulting in touchdowns.

The tight end was on the receiving end of the Defenders' first offensive touchdown in franchise history, a 39-yard pass flea-flicker from Cardale Jones. The Defenders would go on to win their inaugural contest against the Seattle Dragons, 31-19.

This is not Lee's first NFL stint; he's spent time with Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills. He's played in 34 career games and has two receptions for 12 yards on his career.

Lee is the first member of the Defenders to sign an NFL contract.

The XFL was forced to cancel the remainder of their season due to the coronavirus pandemic, ending the relaunched league just five weeks in. However, several former XFL players have since signed contracts with NFL teams, and that number keeps growing.

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Here are the XFL players that have signed with NFL teams

Here are the XFL players that have signed with NFL teams

Like almost every major professional sports league across the world, the XFL had to come to a halt earlier this month due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Although the inaugural season of the relaunched XFL lasted just five weeks, the league had its fair share of stars. Once the league officially canceled the remainder of the season last week, the XFL allowed their players to sign NFL contracts starting Monday, March 23.

Here are all the XFL players that have since joined an NFL club.

P.J. Walker, QB, Houston Roughnecks

To no surprise, Walker was the first XFL player to sign an NFL contract, inking a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Monday. By joining the Panthers, Walker reunited with his former head coach from the University of Temple, Matt Rhule.

Walker was the biggest star in the XFL's first season. The 5-foot-11 signal-caller led the league in passing yards (1,338) and touchdown passes (15) while leading the Roughnecks to an undefeated 5-0 record. With Cam Newton and Kyle Allen no longer in Carolina, Walker will likely battle with Will Grier for the backup job behind newly-signed QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Jordan Ta'amu, QB, St. Louis Battlehawks

Walker grabbed all the headlines, but Ta'amu was a star in his own right. The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have inked Ta'amu to a one-year deal, where he'll compete with longtime NFL veteran Chad Henne for the backup role behind Patrick Mahomes.

Ta'amu led the Battlehawks to a 3-2 record and was the XFL's leader in passer rating (82.8) and completion percentage (72.4%) and third with 1,050 yards passing. Ta'amu was undrafted in 2019 out of Ole Miss and spent time with the Houston Texans during training camp before playing in the XFL.

Deatrick Nichols, DB, Houston Roughnecks

Nichols, the XFL's interception leader, has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has NFL experience before, as he played six games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 after being undrafted from the University of South Florida. 

Dravon Askew-Henry, DB, New York Guardians

The cousin of longtime New York Jets standout has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants, according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport. Prior to the XFL, Askew-Henry was a standout for the University of West Virginia.

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