Houston Roughnecks Re-Sign DB Jeremiah Johnson

Houston Roughnecks Re-Sign DB Jeremiah Johnson

The Houston Roughnecks have opted to bring back DB Jeremiah Johnson, just days after releasing him in the wave of cuts that went down on Sunday.

It was surprising to have seen Jeremiah get cut in the first place. Johnson has played in the USFL for the past two seasons, with the Houston Gamblers.

In 2022, he saw some solid production, posting 22 tackles and an interception. Jeremiah ended up seeing a larger role in 2023, though, starting in all ten games. During that campaign, he totaled 32 tackles and an interception, and made a couple of clutch plays for Houston throughout the year.

Interestingly enough, Johnson also played with the XFL’s Roughnecks back in 2020. In 11 games, he had 11 tackles and a pick on Jordan Ta’amu in their week two matchup against St. Louis. Jeremiah is a spring football veteran, as he was a part of the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions in 2019 as well.

Coming into Training Camp, General Manager Lionel Vital had brought in a bunch of new faces at defensive back. This includes some NFL veterans such as Corn Elder, and Jimmy Moreland.

At first glance, Jeremiah might have simply been released to make room for someone else for a brief time. Whatever the case may be, Johnson returning to this Roughnecks secondary is great news.

Final Thoughts

Head Coach Curtis Johnson spoke with the media last week, touching on some of the struggles he saw in Houston’s secondary so far in camp. This led to making two cuts, and bringing in the aforementioned NFL vets in Elder and Moreland.

Now, Johnson is back in the saddle, and will fight for a regular season roster spot. On March 23rd, every UFL team will have to cut down to 50 players.

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