Former Patriots Training Camp Standout Earns USFL Honors
2017 New England Patriots Training Camp standout Will Likely was named to the inaugural All-USFL Team.
FOXBORO – Former New England Patriots players continue to make their presence felt across the football world.
In the inaugural season of the United States Football League, Houston Gamblers cornerback Will Likely was named to the All-USFL Team.
Patriots will be familiar with Likely, a promising Maryland Terrapins cornerback who was signed by the team in undrafted free agency prior to training camp .
With the Terrapins, Likely set multiple school records including the single-season interception return yards record in 2014 (170 yards), single-season pick sixes (2, 2014), single game kickoff and punt return yards (228 yards vs Michigan State in 2014 and 233 yards vs Richmond in 2015 respectively), and the longest kickoff return average in a season (31 yards, 2014).
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Despite showing some signs of potential in the preseason, Likely wasn’t able to find his way onto the 53-man roster and was waived following that year’s preseason during final roster cuts. Likely’s inability find a home in New England due to the relative strength 2017’s UDA class was likely to be a major reason. The team was represented by five future NFL players in defensive lineman Adam Butler, wide receiver Austin Carr and tight end Jacob Hollister. They also had linebacker Harvey Langi and future Pro Bowl cornerback Kenny Moore.
Likely spent his time in Foxboro with the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and DC Defenders in CFL before he was drafted in the 9th round by the 2022 USFL draft by the Gamblers.
With Houston, Likely has recorded four interceptions (third highest in the USFL), 63 tackles, and 110 punt return yards.
Likely’s Gamblers finished this season with a record 3-7. Despite this, Likely has been a bright spot in the defense’s first year.
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