Last night marked the beginning of the AAF, a new league focused around building and developing young, local talent, which gives players a chance to make a name for themselves in hopes of making it back to the NFL


That being said, the AAF has actually drawn some pretty impressive players, including former NFL players who simply did not work out in the pros.


However, with a strong showing this season in the AAF, players could have a chance to make it back to the NFL just in time for training camp, and here are five players who could do exactly that.


QB Josh Johnson

The first name on our list was actually a starting QB in the NFL last season with the Washington Redskins, starting three games in place of the injured Alex Smith.


In four appearances, Johnson threw for just under 600 yards and 3 TDs, and showed some pretty impressive speed when scrambling from the pocket. Johnson was drafted back in 2008 and has spent the last 12 seasons as a journeyman, playing for 13 different franchises during his time in the NFL.

He may be older, and has not played many meaningful snaps, but Johnson has proven he can at least be a suitable backup for any team in the league, as he has done so for his entire career.


P Brad Wing

Though he did not play in the NFL last season, Brad Wing can still be one of the better punters in the league. In four seasons, the Aussie left-footer averaged 44.7 yards per punt and has hit 100 balls inside the 20-yard line.


Now looking to showcase his skills in the AAF after one year removed from the game, don't be surprised to see Wing move on from the newly-formed league to make his way back to the NFL.

RB Bishop Sankey

Originally selected by the Tenessee Titans as the first RB off of the board in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Sankey looked to be the guy moving forward down in Nashville. However, simply put, Sankey was a bust. 


Sankey started 12 of the 29 games he played for the Titans, totaling 199 rushes, 762 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He also added 32 receptions for 272 yards and a receiving TD during his NFL tenure.


Should he regain some confidence in the AAF, Sankey could be one of the better players in the league. There is no question of his talent, but after leaving the NFL on a sour note, the former Huskie will have to impress if he wants another shot in the pros.


RB Trent Richardson

If we're talking about busts, one of the names that immediately comes to mind is RB Trent Richardson. Originally selected 3rd overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson just could not translate to the NFL.


He struggled with weight issues, and could never get things rolling with a particular team, spending five seasons in the NFL with four different teams before continuing his career in the CFL.


A former Heisman Trophy candidate, we will see if a fresh start in Birmingham may rejuvenate Richardson's career. Still only 28 years old, Richardson could have another shot to make it back to the NFL.

We just need more of THIS Trent Richardson.

DT Will Sutton

Originally a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, the former Arizona State Sun Devil Sutton spent three seasons with the Bears before trying to find a home with the Vikings (2017) and 49ers (2018). 


In 36 career games in the NFL, Sutton was credited with 60 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two quarterback hits, and seven pass deflections. Now, Sutton will take his talents to the AAF, and will play a key role in the Arizona Hotshots defense.