Sat, 06 Jun 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs added to their quarterback depth with the signing of former XFL signal caller Jordan Ta'amu.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of the squad.

1. Ta'amu was one of the top quarterbacks in the XFL

As the starting signal caller just down the road for the St. Louis BattleHawks, Ta'amu led the XFL in completion percentage (72.4 percent) while ranking second in yards-per-attempt (7.8), third in both passer rating (101.3) and passing yards (1,050) and fourth in touchdowns (5).

He tossed just two picks in the Battlehawks' five games while posting a passer rating north of 100.0 in three of those contests. Here's a brief look at one of Ta'amu's top performances of the season.

2. He's just as effective with his legs as he is through the air

Ta'amu can move on the ground, exemplified by his 217 rushing yards on 41 attempts to lead all XFL quarterbacks. Here's a look at that ability on a 5-yard touchdown dash in Week 2.

He also had the tendency for the spectacular while under center for St. Louis, such as evading this tackle to complete a first-down pass.

3. Ta'amu played his college ball at Ole Miss

The six-foot-three, 221-pound Ta'amu spent his first two collegiate seasons at the New Mexico Military Institute, earning Southwest Junior College Football Conference Player of the Year honors, before transferring to Ole Miss for his final two seasons of eligibility. He took over as the Rebels' starter midway through his junior campaign and held onto the full-time job for his final year on campus, throwing for 3,918 yards and 19 scores while rushing for 342 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.

While his time in Oxford was brief, Ta'amu owns single-season school records for yards-per-attempt (9.37), 300-yard passing games (9) and 400-yard passing games (3).

4. He already has a bit of NFL experience

Ta'amu signed with the Houston Texans after going undrafted in 2019. He spent training camp with Houston and saw action in the preseason, completing 7-of-12 passes for 50 yards. He was released during roster cuts prior to the regular season.

5. Ta'amu is a native of Hawaii

The 22-year-old Ta'amu grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. He was the Division 2 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior at Pearl City High School while also earning All-State honors.

Now, after showing what he could do just down the road in St. Louis, Ta'amu is headed to Kansas City.

More Honolulu News

Access More

Sign up for Honolulu News

a daily newsletter full of things to discuss over drinks.and the great thing is that it's on the house!