New Jersey Generals Alumni Playing With Houston Roughnecks

New Jersey Generals Alumni Playing With Houston Roughnecks

The New Jersey Generals were one of the eight casualties we saw across the spring football landscape this winter, following the merger between the XFL and USFL. This resulted in their roster being spread across the surviving UFL teams, through the dispersal draft and free agency. Following a USFL North Division title in 2022, New Jersey had a down year in 2023 finishing with a 3-7 record – missing the playoffs entirely.

Most of their problems were due to an inept passing game with no consistency at quarterback. Despite this, their roster was still very strong, and it makes sense why the Roughnecks ended up with seven former Generals who played significant snaps for New Jersey. After covering the Generals in 2023, it seemed best to dive deeper into some familiar faces in Houston for the upcoming season with the Roughnecks.

Toby Johnson – DT

Johnson was New Jersey’s most consistent and dominant player throughout their 21 games in the USFL. Toby recorded 76 tackles and five and a half sacks, as well as a phenomenal diving interception against the Michigan Panthers in 2022. He was a two-time All-USFL selection at nose tackle and helped his squad have one of the best run defenses in the league. Despite being 32, Johnson is still one of the best interior defensive linemen in the UFL and will consistently help Houston’s run defense, as well as their pass rush from the inside.

Bryson Young – OLB

Young was another two-year starter for the Generals defense who is consistent in the run game and has pass rush upside. He finished his stint with New Jersey totaling three sacks and 47 tackles. Bryson will be 26 when week one kicks off and should be able to help as a strong rotational piece at pass rusher with players like Ronheen Bingham, Isaiah Chambers, Chris Odom and Adam Rodriguez also in the mix.

 

Braedon Bowman – TE

After two seasons in the USFL with New Jersey, Bowman is one of two tight ends that comes over to Houston for 2024. He snagged 31 receptions for 332 yards and two touchdowns for the Generals, who so often used Bowman and Brandom in their 12-personel package. Out of the two, Bowman has slightly more upside in the receiving game and is still a willing blocker. The Roughnecks’ tight end room is not elite by any means, and Braedon has a very good chance of making an impact in Houston.

Woody Brandom – TE

The other tight end taking the pipeline from New Jersey to Houston is Woody Brandom. In his two years with the Generals, Brandom totaled 15 catches for 179 yards and was a force in the run game. Brandom certainly fits the description of an old-school tight end, who essentially acts as a sixth offensive lineman when used as a blocker. He brings a real edge to the team and is a great locker room guy who always gives max effort. Ryan Izzo, Clint Sigg Jr., and Rodell Rahmaan will also be battling it out with the two former Generals, but I believe there is a real shot Bowman and Brandom are teammates yet again in 2024.

Cam Carter – OT

Carter was signed by the Generals prior to last season after graduating from Murray State in 2019 and he started nine games for New Jersey at offensive tackle. The Generals offensive line played well for the most part last year, and Carter was a big part of that. He’s only 26, and at six foot six, 310 pounds, Cam has so much untapped potential. Only playing nine games over the last five years also indicates that he should have fresh legs heading into 2024 – with a real shot of cracking the Roughnecks’ roster.

Brandon Haskin – OL

Haskin played with the Seattle Dragons in XFL 2020 and spent the last two seasons with the New Jersey Generals in the USFL. Last year, he played in all ten games and started six of them for NJ. Haskin has versatility on the offensive line and can play the interior or on the edge for Houston. That type of flexibility will undoubtedly help his chances of cracking Houston’s 50-man roster come week one.

Robert Myers Jr. – OL

Myers is a spring football veteran dating back to 2019 when he played in the AAF with the Memphis Express. He also played in the XFL in 2020, and The Spring League prior to joining the Generals for two seasons. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens back in 2015 and has been through a bunch of different coaches, schemes and experiences. He has a good chance of sticking with Houston and mentoring some of the younger players on the roster.

Which New Jersey Generals players are you excited to watch play in the UFL this season? Will you adopt a new team to cheer for with New Jersey shelved? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!