XFL Week Four Preview: Keys To Victory | San Antonio Brahmas

Projecting The San Antonio Brahmas 50 Man UFL Roster

The San Antonio Brahmas struggled to get off the ground in 2023 dealing with injuries and roster turnover led to a rough 3-7 finish. Luckily for those invested in the team, 2024 will be a very different looking team under new head coach Wade Phillips.

With the 75 man training camp roster set, I felt it was a good time to try my hand at a prediction for who will be suiting up week 1 against DC on the 50 man roster. Remember that is just my opinion and there are many reasons that I would leave a player off as we’ll get into below. With that said, let’s get started.

Quarterbacks

Staying: Quinten Dormady, Tom Flacco, Chase Garbers
Cuts: None

The Quarterback room for the Brahmas is completely different than it was in 2023. Names like Jack Coan, Reid Sinnett, and Kurt Benkert are no longer with the Brahmas and a new crop of QBs are here to take their place. Quinten Dormady is the one people are the most familiar with as he played well for the Guardians in 2023 and he was also the top pick in the super draft so he seems to be the most likely to start week 1. They also brought in 2 new faces to spring football in Chase Garbers who’s spent time over the last 2 seasons with the Raiders and Tom Flacco who’s the brother of Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. No decision need to be made in this room but it’ll be exciting to see who wins out in camp.

Skill Positions

Staying:
RB Brycen Alleyne, Anthony McFarland, Jalen Samuels
WR Jontre Kirklin, Justin Smith, TJ Vasher, Jordan Veasy, Kade Warner
Slot Landen Akers, Marquez Stevenson, Calvin Turner
TE Cody Latimer

Cuts:
RB John Lovett
WR Dieuly Aristilde, KD Cannon, Cody Chrest
Slot None
TE Alize Mack

The weapons for whoever is the starter will be very different than it was in 2023. The backfield is completely different with 2 former Steelers backs in Anthony McFarland and Jalen Samuels on top of elusive former Roughneck Brycen Alleyne. That leaves John Lovett looking for work despite being in the NFL after a stint with the Vipers last season. At receiver, the run and shoot needs a lot of targets and these 8 receivers make one of the deepest receiving rooms in spring football history.

They bring back TJ Vasher in a better scheme fit with Landen Akers and Calvin Turner who will hopefully make a debut after being on IR in 2023. They added run and shoot receivers in Jontre Kirklin, Jordan Veasy, and Justin Smith which will all be plug and play in this system and on top of that they got Marquez Stevenson who was a 6th round pick a few years ago.

Then they go light at tight end where they get Cody Latimer to be a glorified slot receiver for them. That leaves some tough cuts like KD Cannon and Cody Chrest but especially Alize Mack who will be on somebody’s team in 2024.

Offensive Line

Staying:
T Rashaad Coward, Derrick Kelly, Jarrid Williams
G Kohl Levao, Dareuan Parker
C Alex Mollette, John Yarbrough

Cuts:
T Greg Eiland, Chuck Filiga, Aaron Monterio, BJ Wilson
G Mike Brown, Evan Heim
C None

The brahmas offensive struggled to gain continuity in 2023 with injuries and poor play. In 2024 they will look very different with only 2 returning players in Levao and Kelly who I’d project as starters at this point in the offseason. They also brought 3 players from Houston with All-XFL Center Alex Mollette, interior lineman John Yarbrough, and reserve lineman Dareuan Parker. The free agent additions are the most interesting though. Jarrid Williams is an NFL journeyman that I view as the left tackle and they also added a player that started play offensive line late in Coward who was a defensive lineman until switching in the NFL. The most notable cut is Evan Heim who has been on the Generals for the past 2 seasons but lost to Yarbrough due to his flexibility at that 7th O-line spot.

Defensive Line

Staying: Jalen Dalton, Austin Edwards, Prince Emili, Jason Lewan, Caeveon Patton

Cuts: Trey Botts, Terrance Lang, Jacob Sykes, Taron Vincent

The Brahmas had one of the more successful defensive lines last season with Matthew Gotel currently on the Seahawks and Kobe Smith spending some time with the Giants. They both are gone and the new line has a lot of interesting pieces. Most familiar to spring football fans is All-XFL DT Caeveon Patton who is here after a stint with the Falcons. They also added 2 names that have bounced around the NFL in Prince Emili who is most likely to be the starting nose and Jalen Dalton who I think will be the defensive end to round out the starters.

The last two are Austin Edwards who was with Coach Phillips in Houston last year and Jason Lewan but those final 2 spots are very up in the air with alot of young lineman in the group that I could see getting that spot like Trey Botts, Terrance Lang, or Jacob Sykes. This room is one to watch as there are alot of players that might come out of nowhere to be the next Gotel.

Edge Rushers

Staying: Drew Beesley, Jamir Jones, Zach McCloud, Wyatt Ray, Delontae Scott

Cuts: Kwabena Bonsu, Ryan Mueller, Garrett Nelson

The San Antonio Brahmas have gone out and made some big moves at edge this offseason. It starts with getting back 2 All-XFL rushers in Beesley and Delontae Scott but it doesn’t end there. They added 3 NFL vets in Jones, McCloud, and Ray that have spent multiple years in the NFL on practice squads or the back end of rosters. It’s on paper an extremely deep room that leaves a player like Ryan Mueller that has been productive at the spring league level in the past on the outside.

Linebackers

Staying: Tavante Beckett, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Marvin Pierre, Nate Wieland, Jordan Williams

Cuts: Robert Barnes, Omari Cobb

San Antonio struck gold by finding Jordan Williams who would go from after-thought to All-XFL linebacker. This offseason they strengthened the room around him by getting Houston’s top backer in Tavante Beckett and another Roughneck in Nate Wieland who was hurt most of last season. Then to top it off, they added former 4th round pick Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Roughneck draft pick Marvin Pierre. Wouldn’t be shocked to see Omari Cobb earn a spot from this group too.

Secondary

Staying:
CB Mac McCain, Darius Phillips, Bryce Thompson, Kevin Tolliver II, Quincy Wilson
S AJ Hendy, Jordan Mosely, Scott Nelson, Vernon Scott, Teez Tabor

Cuts:
CB Gavin Heslop, Benjie Franklin, Ryan Lewis, Corey Mayfield
S None

The Brahmas had the best corner in the league in 2023 with Luq Barcoo but with him in Pittsburgh with the Steelers, they needed to retool and they certainly did that. They added 4 former draft picks in Darius Phillips, Quincy Wilson, Vernon Scott, and Teez Tabor. That wasn’t enough as they brought over their starting safeties from Houston in Hendy and Mosely then added a few more guys right out of the NFL in Thompson, Tolliver, and Nelson. This room leaves out Ryan Lewis who was a starter for them last year, Benjie Franklin who just was with the Seahawks, and Corey Mayfield who spent the offseason with the Ravens. There are a lot of talented secondaries in the UFL and the Brahmas are no exception.

Specialist

Staying: K Matt Ammendola, P Brad Wing, LS Rex Sunahara

Cuts: K Donald De La Haye

The Brahmas are running it back with Brad Wing and Rex Sunhara after both of them spend time with the Steelers last year. The third in the trio won’t be All-XFL kicker Parker Romo who isn’t interested in re-joining the team. That leaves a kicker in a battle with NFL vet Matt Ammendola, and youtube sensation Donald “Deestroying” De La Haye. It would be a great story if De La Haye could make the team but I’ll bet on the NFL vet winning with Matt Ammendola.

Final Thoughts

The San Antonio Brahmas are going to look completely different than they did in 2023. If my predictions came true there would be only 11 players that were on the 2023 Brahmas and that’s including Calvin Turner who spent the season on IR. They get my most improved award as they have gone out and made some serious moves to make San Antonio a competitor. The biggest snubs for their roster is John Lovett, Ryan Mueller, and Ryan Lewis. And If they get the quarterback position right, this could be a sleeping giant in the first season of the UFL.

What are your thoughts on the San Antonio Brahmas roster? Will they see a winning record in 2024? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

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