Week 5 XFL Air Yards: Runaway Tre McBride


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Mar 04, 2020, 03:50 PM EST

We’re tracking air yards for the 2020 XFL season, and in this post we have all the receiving data for Weeks 1-4 of the XFL.

What are air yards?

The scrimmage-yard distance that a ball travels on a target: That distance is “air yards.”

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The stat, which was brought into popularity by Josh Hermsmeyer and his website AirYards.com, has proven to be a key predictor of future production.

I compiled the data in the tables below by charting the games. If you compare my statistics to those in the box scores at XFL.com, you’ll notice a few discrepancies. My numbers are unofficial, but they are almost certainly the most reliable XFL receiving statistics available.

Week 4 XFL Air Yards Leaders

It’s obvious that Los Angeles Wildcats wide receiver Tre McBride has arrived. He tops Week 4’s air yards list with 169. But it looks like there will be enough to go around for other receivers in the Wildcats offense. Quarterback Josh Johnson has proven he is one of the XFL’s more prolific passers after throwing for 544 air yards against the New York Guardians last week. Wide receiver Jordan Smallwood quietly tied for No. 3 in air yards (133) in Week 4 and could excel against the Tampa Bay Vipers this week as more attention goes to McBride.

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