After missing the entire 2022 season, Mike Mackenzie has re-signed with the Toronto Rush. Mackenzie has been a difference maker for the franchise on multiple occasions, first as a defender for a Rush team that made the championship game in 2017, and then again as Toronto’s WR1 in 2021 throughout the Canada Cup series.
Along with Mackenzie, Toronto has brought back their top scorers from last season. It remains to be seen where exactly the Rush fit in an uber competitive East, but they are now loaded with top line talent.
Top Passer Austin Taylor Back In ATL
Are there three better deep throwers in the league right now than Austin Taylor? With 108 assists, 52 huck completions, and over 8000 passing yards the past two seasons, Draco has been a one-man postal service for the Atlanta Hustle. Taylor can anchor drives from the backfield, or initiate as a receiver, using an electric first step and one of the quickest throwing windups to bombard defenses.
Atlanta will play one of the toughest schedules in the league this season, including traveling to New York and matching up with Carolina four separate times. Taylor has a proven track record in big games, particularly against the Flyers. In three games against Carolina last season, Draco had 10 assists and nearly 900 passing yards on 137-of-143 throws; he had one of the best games of his career in 2021 against the Empire in the playoffs, throwing seven assists and 498 on 58 completions with just one throwaway.