Breaking Down December 14th’s XFL Letter Of Intent Signings | Connor Degenhardt

Breaking Down December 14th’s XFL Letters Of Intent Signings

The XFL continues to see dozens of athletes sign letters of intent every week. On December 14th, we saw another 14 athletes sign LOI’s with several XFL franchises.

Let’s take a look at each signing, and what each player can bring to their respective organization.

Note: The DC Defenders LOI signings will be covered in a separate piece.

Arlington Renegades

QB Connor Blumrick | Virginia Tech

Connor Blumrick is an interesting pickup out of Virginia Tech. Blumrick has played limited snaps at quarterback, even though that’s the position he’s listed at with Arlington. During his final season at Virginia Tech, Connor was a tight end, catching eight passes for 88 yards.

At Texas A&M, Blumrick did a little bit of everything. As an emergency quarterback, he was utilized as a rusher and also on special teams.

QB Connor Degenhardt | New Haven

Arlington had to make things confusing for the fans, signing two quarterbacks with the first name “Connor”. Connor Degenhardt has played much more football at the quarterback position, though.

Degenhardt began his college career at Holy Cross. In 2019 he broke out as a starter, throwing for over 2,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. However, injuries caused him to miss time in 2020.

Connor then transferred to New Haven, where he had a couple of strong campaigns from 2021-2022. Across that two season span, Degenhardt totaled 4,373 passing yards – tossing 47 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. At 6’6”, Degenhardt has a tall frame that could be utilized in Bob Stoops’ offense if needed.

WR Juwan Manigo | Delaware Valley

Juwan Manigo played the majority of his college ball at Delaware Valley. As a smaller receiver (5’7”), Manigo typically uses his speed to find ways to get open.

In 2018, Manigo led the team with 395 receiving yards on 24 receptions, scoring three touchdowns. The next year, he posted 492 receiving yards and four touchdowns, averaging 14.9 YPR.

Since then, Juwan has played in the LFA down in Mexico. He was a standout playmaker there, leading the league with 1,225 receiving yards this past season. Manigo helps bring some depth to the Arlington Renegades WR room, one that is already quite deep with talent.

TE Tyler Roberts | Merrimack

Tyler Roberts brings quite a bit of experience to the table for the Renegades. In college, he played at multiple positions – beginning as a linebacker/defensive back hybrid.

During the 2018 season, Roberts posted 54 tackles, starting in ten games for Merrimack. He also recovered two fumbles, recovering one.

In 2019, he decided to switch to playing tight end – and started all 11 games for the school. Tyler Roberts recorded three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown during his first season on offense.

It wasn’t until 2021 that Tyler Roberts would fully break out as an offensive star. During that season, he caught 52 passes for 535 yards, racking up six touchdowns. This performance earned him ​​NEC First Team All-Conference honors. After a NFL mini-camp stint in Kansas City, Roberts now lands in the XFL with Arlington.

Orlando Guardians

WR Ed Lee | Rhode Island

The Orlando Guardians lone LOI signing from this batch is Ed Lee, a wide receiver with remarkable talent and loads of potential. Lee played his college ball at Rhode Island, getting better with each and every season.

In his senior season, Ed racked up 908 receiving yards and five touchdowns, which earned him All-CAA Football Honors. After a preseason opportunity with the New England Patriots, Lee now signs a letter of intent with Orlando to get his professional career off the ground.

San Antonio Brahmas

DL Boogie Roberts | San Jose State

Boogie Roberts has a new home. The former Pittsburgh Maulers star has signed a letter of intent with the San Antonio Brahmas ahead of the 2024 season, as one of the biggest free agent names to come off the board.

Roberts has spent the last two seasons in the USFL, serving Pittsburgh with outstanding play. He finished his 2023 campaign with 32 tackles and three sacks, dominating the interior for the Maulers. Pittsburgh featured one of the best defenses in the USFL, largely due to the efforts of Boogie up front.

Now, Roberts “returns” to the XFL, having been a part of the Los Angeles Wildcats organization in 2020. The Brahmas already featured a stout defense, but they got even better with the addition of Boogie.

LB Keishawn Bierria | Washington

Keishawn Bierria is an interesting pickup for San Antonio. The team has seen quite a few defenders sign letters of intent this offseason, and Keishawn brings a lot of professional experience to the table.

Bierria had an excellent college career at Washington, which led to NFL stints in Denver and Arizona. Keishawn then moved up north to the CFL, posting 50 tackles for Edmonton during the 2021 season.

Now Keishawn returns to the states, looking to revitalize his career in San Antonio.

DB Corey Mayfield | UTSA

Corey Mayfield is a talented defensive back out of UTSA, one that could prove to be a valuable playmaker in 2024. Corey’s senior season was outstanding, as he compiled 63 tackles, three sacks, and three interceptions.

Following his college career, Mayfield was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an UDFA. He ultimately didn’t make the final roster cuts, and now signs a LOI with the Brahmas for 2024.

St. Louis Battlehawks

WR Ja’Marcus Bradley | Louisiana

The St. Louis Battlehawks continue to build their wide receiver core. After losing Gary Jennings to the Birmingham Stallions, Ja’Marcus Bradley has signed a LOI with the team – serving as a quality rotational piece if he does sign for 2024.

At Louisiana, Bradley totaled 2,359 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns, putting up some tremendous numbers across his final two seasons.

This led to an NFL stint with the Cleveland Browns. From 2020-2021, Bradley caught nine passes for 124 yards, in eight active games.

DB Anthony Witherstone | Merrimack

Anthony Witherstone played for a whopping six years at Merrimack, but saw the large majority of his minutes come towards the end of his collegiate career. He started in 17 of his final 21 games, posting 48 tackles and three interceptions across that span.

Witherstone spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs during this past preseason. Now, he heads to St. Louis ahead of the 2024 season, after being selected in the rookie draft.

DB Montrae Braswell | Missouri State

Montrae Braswell has had an accomplished career already, finding his groove at Missouri State. Braswell registered 129 tackles, a sack, and seven interceptions across his three seasons there, following two years at Central Michigan. He also has experience as a returner.

Braswell is an intriguing pickup given his youth, talents, and the NFL interest he’s garnered. Montrae was with the Seattle Seahawks during the NFL preseason.

DB Prince Charles Iworah | Western Kentucky

Spring football is nothing new for Prince Charles Iworah. The defensive back has been in the scene for the past couple of years, in an effort to rejuvenate his professional career. In 2021, Prince played with the Conquerors in The Spring League.

He also played with the Pittsburgh Maulers during the USFL’s 2022 season, but only totaled two tackles and was released before the 2023 campaign.

With NFL experience in Washington and San Francisco, Charles Iworah has an opportunity to make an impact in St. Louis. He was present at the XFL combine, and clearly impressed enough to earn himself a selection during the combine draft.

Final Thoughts

With the USFL-XFL merger on the horizon, it is intriguing to see so many players signing letters of intent with these teams. We know for a fact that the new league will not feature all 16 teams, with the likely structure retaining 8-10 organizations.

That being said, it is business as usual until all of this becomes official. At the same time, these LOI’s are not official contracts.

Considering 2024 is just two weeks away, one would expect that merger news is coming sooner than later.

What are your thoughts on these XFL LOI signings? Which players do you want to see sign to their respective teams? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

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