It’s about time: KaVontae Turpin, the USFL’s MVP this season, has finally made it to the NFL. Turpin was a sensational wide receiver and specialist for the New Jersey Generals in 2022. Now, he takes that next step signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
Breaking! Congrats to former @NevilleTigersFB @TCUFootball star @KaVontaeTurpin. @USFL MVP has agreed to terms with @dallascowboys for a 3 deal. @teamupsports1 @KNOE8 pic.twitter.com/kTwDNbPIMK
— Aaron Dietrich (@AaronsAces) July 28, 2022
In the USFL, Turpin put on a show. The Tyreek Hill-esque star led the league in receiving yards, with 540. He was a reliable target for both DeAndre Johnson and Luis Perez all season long.
The USFL's MVP just signed a THREE YEAR deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
Spring. Football. Matters. I've watched @KaVontaeTurpin hop from league to league. Dominated in the FCF, TSL, ELF, and the #USFL. Now, the whole world is going to know his name. pic.twitter.com/MYCaGrQyxH
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenMI) July 28, 2022
Despite his size, KaVontae has a knack for finding the football. His speed, agility, and quickness (yes, those are three separate abilities) make him into a valuable weapon for any offense.
Absolute dime from @dredadon14 🎯@KaVontaeTurpin with the SPEED 💨
📺: @FoxSports pic.twitter.com/OnZ20tKRMh
— New Jersey Generals (@USFLGenerals) May 14, 2022
In Mike Riley’s scheme with the Generals, Turpin was all over the place. He took end arounds, he returned punts – and most importantly, he did whatever was asked of him. It’s that type of mentality that gets you places, and Turpin is certainly headed in the right direction.
⚡️ @KaVontaeTurpin is TOO FAST
Take another look the FIRST punt return TD of the season 🙌
📺: @NBCSports pic.twitter.com/su226sKGGj
— USFL (@USFL) June 11, 2022
As a specialist, he was spectacular. Turpin took the first punt return to the house in week nine against Michigan. Then, he put the Generals on top in the semi-finals, with an electrifying touchdown that put New Jersey in a position to win the game.
MVP!! TURPIN DOES IT AGAIN! HE CAN'T BE STOPPED.pic.twitter.com/IBOUlGUrWw
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenMI) June 25, 2022
Generally speaking, Turpin was a force to be reckoned with in the USFL. Without a doubt, he can fill multiple roles for the Dallas Cowboys.
The catch that gave @KaVontaeTurpin 500 receiving yards!
📺 @USA_Network pic.twitter.com/9RACCikCJg
— New Jersey Generals (@USFLGenerals) June 18, 2022
This is just another prime example of why spring football matters. Turpin played in the FCF, TSL, and ELF before finding a home in the USFL. Due to his hard work and determination, he has finally achieved his goals of reaching the NFL.
This is the ability that De’Andre Johnson flashes from time to time. Hits KaVontae Turpin in stride deep down the field.
Beautiful placement, touch, and great deep ball ability. pic.twitter.com/IxSlUBcmq0
— John “Winter Soldier” Vogel (@DraftVogel) June 13, 2021
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