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The former St. Louis Battlehawk does not have to travel far as he re-enters the NFL.
— Kenny Zuckerman (@kenny_zuckerman) March 23, 2020
Ta’amu, 22, went undrafted out of Ole Miss last year and spent time in training camp with the Houston Texans. Released in late August by Houston, Ta’amu landed with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL, becoming one of the league’s best players.
New #Chiefs Signing
QB Jordan Ta’amu
• Ole Miss in 2017 and 2018
• Texans in 2019 preseason
• St. Louis Battlehawks in 2020 XFL
— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) March 23, 2020
Ta’amu led the Battlehawks to a 3-2 record before the league had to cancel the rest of the season due to the coronavirus outbreak. He finished third in passing yards (1,050), only behind Josh Johnson and PJ Walker, who is now a member of the Carolina Panthers. A dual-threat QB, Ta’amu finished seventh in the league with 217 rushing yards.
As a senior with Ole Miss in 2019, Ta’amu completed 266 of 418 passes (63.6%) for 3,918 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 342 yards and six touchdowns on 116 attempts.
Pulled two minutes of film on new #Chiefs quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. Dual-threat QB from XFL. Finished third in passing, seventh in rushing. Classic QB style that Reid likes and much closer to Patrick Mahomes’ manner than Chad Henne. You see that here. pic.twitter.com/bhBOWzroMt
— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) March 24, 2020
Ta’amu will enter a quarterback room with Patrick Mahomes, the recently-signed Chad Henne and Kyle Shurmur. Prior to 2018, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had favored keeping three quarterbacks on the active roster but kept two in 2018 and likely would have kept two in 2019 had it not been for Chad Henne’s ankle injury late in the preseason.
Henne will be the Chiefs’ backup, but Ta’amu should provide interesting competition for Shurmur when it comes to the team’s practice squad roster spot. Thanks to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams will have 12 practice squad spots to work with in 2020.