Arlington Renegades Sign Joe Powell, Cut Duron Lowe

Arlington Renegades Sign Joe Powell, Cut Duron Lowe

The Arlington Renegades are off to a rather disastrous start in the UFL. They’ve lost all five games, looking like a shell of the Championship team from a year ago. They are making some changes – bringing back DB Joe Powell, and releasing Duron Lowe.

Joe Powell is a spring football veteran, and someone that fans know very well. Back in 2020, he was with the St. Louis Battlehawks – and was responsible for the first kickoff return touchdown in XFL history.

In 2023, Powell reunited with coaches Jonathan and Jay Hayes, this time with the Arlington Renegades. He started in eight of 10 games for Arlington that year, posting 35 tackles, four interceptions, and a PBU. Powell also handled punt returns, showcasing his versatility.

According to PFF, Powell was the third highest graded Renegade in 2023, at 78.9.

Truthfully, the Renegades made some questionable moves this offseason. They decided to cut defensive starters – such as Joe Powell – and now they have, statistically, one of the worst defenses in the UFL. While it’s a little too late to fix everything, Joe returning is a great sign for Jay Hayes’ unit.

Duron Lowe Released

Duron Lowe was an offseason signing for Arlington. He joined the team after an NFL stint with the Los Angeles Rams.

Lowe played in four games for the Renegades this year, totaling five tackles and an interception. He finished with a Defensive Grade of 39.2, via PFF. Duron was targeted five times this year, allowing four receptions.

The most notable catch he allowed was in their last second collapse against DC, where Lowe undercut a would-be interception, allowing Kelvin Harmon to put the Defenders into game-winning territory.

Final Thoughts

This move, if anything, feels like a last attempt at something positive for Arlington this year. Maybe GM Rick Mueller & Co. are now realizing that it would have been more reasonable to keep some of their leading defenders from a season ago.

Across the board, the Renegades have had very little life. Luis Perez is the only consistent player on this team. With that in mind, it isn’t surprising to see their record sit at 0-5.

Arlington will now look to find a way to get an upset win on the road, as they take on the Michigan Panthers this weekend.

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