Rashad Ross, Arizona Hotshots
2019 stats: 32 receptions, 505 yards, 6 touchdowns
This name should be fairly familiar. Once an Arizona State standout and roster member of the Arizona Cardinals, Rashad Ross has reinvented his professional career with the Arizona Hotshots as a versatile speedster.
The 29-year-old Ross has proven to be a key cog in the Hotshots’ high-profile offense. Whether it be taking snaps in the slot or outside, going deep, catching fades, or running sweep plays, Ross has seemingly found a way to be prolific for his team.
The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver has arguably been the most impactful non-quarterback skill-position player in the AAF and will surely receive another call up to the NFL because of it. He reminds me of the AAF’s own version of DeSean Jackson in that yes, he can win with speed alone, but he’s also a threat with the ball in his hands, can win on the 50/50 balls, and can create seperation. He’s also showed toughness in that he’s not afraid to work the middle of the field.
Ross has found success in the NFL, particularly with the Redskins as a returner. If he stays healthy, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him producing in the NFL next season. But, the Arizona State product has had issues staying on the field, and at 29 years old, he has a limited ceiling. However, he’s shown more than enough to earn another shot.