Former Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne making most of XFL opportunity
Last week, former Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne reminded fans (and, perhaps, some NFL executives) that he’s still an effective ball-carrier. Artis-Payne, who was cut by Carolina Panthers ahead of the 2019 NFL season, had a strong showing for the Dallas Renegades in Week 2 of the rebooted-XFL’s 2020 season. Artis-Payne logged 14 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-18 Dallas win over the Los Angeles Wildcats. Despite the strong showing Artis-Payne isn’t necessarily expecting more carries.
“Coach Hal Mumme – he’s the godfather of the Air Raid offense, so, no, I’m not hoping that,” Artis-Payne told reporters this week after practice. “But balance is always a good thing.”
“It’s good to get the run game going,” Artis-Payne added. “It’s a major part of our offense. Makes it unpredictable. The play-action pass opens everything up for us, so to get the run game going in LA was pretty good. We’re hoping to come back this week and be successful in that aspect as well.”
A four-year NFL veteran, Artis-Payne says he’s still adjusting to the XFL, but is making the most of his latest pro football opportunity.
“I’m getting adjusted to it,” Artis-Payne said. “It’s fun. It’s a lot of crazy stuff going on. We’re mic’d up on everything. I’ve seen a couple of people’s halftime speeches – y’all know what I’m talking about. All in all, I’m enjoying it. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of this league, to be a part of the re-opening of the XFL and to be a part of this first year of the league. It’s huge for me.”