St. Louis Battlehawks DT Kevin Atkins Signs With NYG | DC Defenders

DC Defenders Sign DL Kevin Atkins & TE Ben Bresnahan

After falling to the Stallions in week four, DC Defenders GM Von Hutchins and HC Reggie Barlow have decided to make a few minor tweaks to the roster. The team has signed DT Kevin Atkins and TE Ben Bresnahan to the roster, while also waiving RB Pooka Williams Jr., and placing DT Joe Wallace on the injured reserve list.

The Losses

Starting with the release of RB Pooka Williams Jr., Pooka began week one as the team’s starting kick returner, and did a fine job in his one (and only) start of 2024. DC began using WR Chris Rowland as kick and punt returner and the move had paid off, as Rowland is currently fourth in the UFL in all-purpose yards with 459 total. As it’s been made publicly aware, Williams was in trouble with the law back in December of last year. The charges are fairly significant, but no word at this time on whether his release is tied to this incident.

Moving onto the loss of Joe Wallace to the injured reserve list. While the injury specifics remain uncertain, losing Wallace hurts the team in more ways than one. Wallace’s play speaks for itself, but the leadership he brought as a returning member of the defensive line will be missed for at least five games.

The Additions

With the loss of Joe Wallace, the team signed former Battlehawks DT Kevin Atkins to the team, announced on Monday by UFL PR. Atkins is coming off a season where he played in all ten games for St. Louis, and is regarded as one of the top defensive lineman from last season in the XFL. Following last season, Atkins signed with the New York Giants training camp roster, but was later released.

The Defenders interior defensive line already included Niles Scott, TJ Barnes, and Dennis Johnson. Now adding Atkins to the mix will certainly provide extra insurance to that unit.

Tight end Ben Bresnahan was with the Defenders training camp roster earlier this year, but was released during the first wave of UFL cuts. Bresnahan re-signs with DC in wake of TE Briley Moore’s knee injury, that placed him on the injured reserve list.

Bresnahan, who’s 6 ‘4, 245 lbs., played at Vanderbilt for five years, totaling 701 yards and five touchdowns. Ben also provides positional flexibility, as he played fullback at Vanderbilt as well.

Final Thoughts

With the Defenders at 2-2, the core regime in DC must not be satisfied with the current result. Through four weeks last season, the Defenders were 4-0 and the on-field product was much more smooth and pleasant to watch. One thing to keep in mind this year is the competition level has been amplified, but we know Coach Barlow and his staff use zero excuses and will continue to right the ship in the nation’s capital.

The Defenders host the St. Louis Battlehawks this week at Audi Field, in what should be must-see television on Sunday at 12pm ET on ESPN.

What are your thoughts on Kevin Atkins and Ben Bresnahan signing with DC? How will the losses of Joe Wallace and Pooka Williams Jr. affect the Defenders? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!