Battlehawks Sign OT Jaryd Jones-Smith & DL McKinley Williams

Battlehawks Sign OT Jaryd Jones-Smith & DL McKinley Williams

In addition to bringing back AJ McCarron, the St. Louis Battlehawks re-signed OT Jaryd Jones-Smith, and added DL McKinley Williams to the roster for the 2024 UFL season.

OT Jaryd Jones-Smith

Jaryd Jones-Smith is back with the Battlehawks, bringing depth to the offensive line. Jones-Smith played with St. Louis in 2023, starting in eight games for the team. He was a key piece to an offense that thrived, and ultimately signed with the Washington Commanders after the XFL season.

Jaryd has a ton of football experience. He played his college ball at Pittsburgh, and then spent time with the Houston Texans in 2018. From there, he’s had stints in the AAF, XFL, and NFL. He was active for four games with the Baltimore Ravens in 2022.

DL McKinley Williams

Not surprisingly, General Manager Dave Boller brought in another Syracuse product. DL McKinley Williams has signed to the team, as the Battlehawks look to beef up a defensive line that, at times, struggled in 2023.

Williams played the entirety of his college football at Syracuse, posting 121 tackles and four sacks across six seasons there. Coming out of Syracuse he generated some NFL interest, having a workout with the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2022, McKinley signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. He played in one game for them, totaling a tackle. He was on and off their roster for a couple of years, and now he’ll look to continue his professional career in the UFL with the St. Louis Battlehawks.

Final Thoughts

The city of St. Louis is ready to erupt with their fandom in 2024. Starting quarterback AJ McCarron has officially re-signed, meaning that the Battlehawks have their leader back in action for another season.

Another addition this week was the signing of QB Brandon Silvers, who was a starter for the Roughnecks in 2023. Head Coach Anthony Becht has a squad for this spring – one that is certainly capable of making a Championship run.

What are your thoughts on McKinley Williams signing with the St. Louis Battlehawks? Will Jaryd Jones-Smith retain his starting role? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!