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Analyzing The Houston Roughnecks Quarterback Room For 2024

The Houston Roughnecks are back in 2024, but things look a bit different heading into this season compared to last. To start with, they’re no longer a part of the XFL or USFL, but rather the newly formed United Football League.

Houston’s journey is unique compared to the seven other franchises in this merged entity as well. They are the only team that saw a blend of aspects from both leagues incorporated into their brand due to an overlapping market. The Gamblers’ roster and coaching staff were retained, but the team has been rebranded with the Roughnecks’ likeness.

It’s an interesting decision that keeps the Roughnecks in the USFL division of the UFL and keeps the momentum with fans they’ve built in multiple iterations of the XFL. Now, we’ll look at the most important position in football and how Houston looks at quarterback with training camp officially underway in Arlington.

Reid Sinnett

Sinnett is the likely starter week one, and a player who is familiar with spring football, having played last season with the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL. He was plagued by a foot injury much of the season and only wound up starting one game in 2023. In that lone start he went 13-19 (68.4%) for 97 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Arlington Renegades.

The Brahmas had issues at quarterback all season, and prior to his injury, Sinnett looked like he might steady the ship at signal caller. Still, a lack of opportunities has been a theme for Sinnett dating back to college. He was only the starter for his final season in college at San Diego before going undrafted and bouncing around practice squads in the NFL. Now if he can stay healthy this season, it’s a huge opportunity to get comfortable in a new system and build on his performances each week.

He isn’t the most mobile quarterback in the league, so Houston must protect him well, utilize the quick passing game often, or a combination of both, to put him in the best position to succeed. Having Mark Thompson back at running back should certainly help take pressure off the position, as well.

Jarrett Guarantano

Guarantano is a 26-year-old who’s getting his first taste of spring football following a brief NFL stint with the Cardinals and Broncos. He played collegiately for three seasons at Tennessee before transferring for his final college season with Washington State. He was able to post adequate numbers in college, but it does feel like he needs some polishing done to his game.

The UFL could be the perfect spot for him. Guarantano has been in different offensive systems throughout his college and pro career, so it gives him a slight advantage being fluent in multiple systems and concepts. It will be interesting to see if he gets a spot start or two, due to injury or poor performance from those ahead of him on the depth chart in 2024.

He has intriguing traits that can be built on if Houston wants to develop his game. He had over 40 starts during his college career and leaning on those experiences will help a ton. Ultimately though, taking the time and patience to develop his decision-making to go along with that natural ability will be vital to his future success.

Nolan Henderson

Standing at under six feet, he’s smaller than the other two quarterbacks on the roster but seemingly has the most quality-starting experience of the three. Henderson played his college ball at the University of Delaware where he appeared in 37 games and started 31. He set the single-season school record for touchdown passes with 32 in his final year and spent a month on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad following the NFL Draft.

He had several injuries at Delaware including a broken fibula his senior year, and season-ending abdominal surgery the year prior – injuries will be a concern. He isn’t much of a runner, but he did score eight times on the ground in college so there is a slight threat there. I believe Henderson can make a strong push for the QB2 spot and one of the most intriguing battles of camp should be the fight for the backup spot behind Sinnett – Maybe even someone stepping up as a surprise starter this season. The Houston Roughnecks would have a scary offense if Henderson can perform at a high level.

Outlook Heading Into Training Camp

The Houston Roughnecks have changed a lot heading into the 2024 UFL season and the quarterback position is no different. After fans of the Gamblers saw two years of Kenji Bahar, he won’t be back this year. Brandon Silvers is now with the St. Louis Battlehawks after leading the Roughnecks of the XFL last season.

This is a very inexperienced and unproven position group that has a lot of potential from the outside looking in. Regardless of who is under center week one, Head Coach Curtis Johnson and his staff should rely on a strong rushing attack and a very talented defense to win games. This will allow their quarterback to manage the game and take what is given to them, limiting mistakes and helping all of them develop their skill sets.

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