Houston Roughnecks Sign DB’s Corn Elder & Jimmy Moreland

Houston Roughnecks Sign DB’s Corn Elder & Jimmy Moreland

The Houston Roughnecks made some changes in their secondary this week. Two new signings, Corn Elder and Jimmy Moreland, have appeared on the roster – and the team let go of a couple of their defensive backs following their joint practice with the Arlington Renegades.

Clearly, General Manager Lionel Vital and Head Coach Curtis Johnson aren’t playing around. The team has already released a few players, and now bring in two NFL veterans to compete for a roster spot in UFL training camp.

DB Corn Elder

Corn Elder brings some valuable NFL experience to the Houston Roughnecks. He was a solid piece for Miami in college, finishing his career with 157 tackles and three interceptions. Interestingly enough, he was on their basketball team for a time as well.

Elder was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. He saw a bit of action in the 2018 season, totaling three tackles. In 2020, though, Corn was able to do quite a bit of damage, racking up 40 tackles in 16 games played.

Since then, Corn Elder has had a couple of other NFL opportunities with the Detroit Lions, and Washington Commanders. With the Commanders, he compiled 5 tackles in 2021. Now, he’ll look to bring some depth to a Roughnecks secondary that needs it.

DB Jimmy Moreland

Jimmy Moreland is a ballhawk, and one who has proven himself at multiple levels throughout his playing career.

Starting at James Madison University, Moreland tore it up – totaling 208 tackles, two sacks, and a whopping 18 interceptions, including five pick-sixes. Both of those interception stats are JMU all-time records.

Throughout his James Madison career, Moreland won quite a few awards, including: 2018 Consensus First Team All-American, 2018 Associated Press First Team All-American, 2017 First Team All-CAA Cornerback, and 2018 Phil Steele FCS First Team All-American – just to name a few.

Coming out of college, Moreland was grabbed by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL draft. He started in five games for Washington that year, with 42 tackles and an interception. An injury would cut his rookie season short.

In 2020, Jimmy played in 16 games (starting five), racking up 44 tackles and an interception. However, since then, he’s struggled to maintain his position on a 53 man roster. Moreland has had some opportunities with the Houston Texans and New York Jets, and now takes his talents to the UFL.

Houston Roughnecks Releases

Unfortunately, these signings were related to the releases we saw a couple of days ago. Houston’s defensive backs seemingly struggled in a joint practice with the Arlington Renegades.

Richard Bowens III and Elijah Rodgers were both waived by Houston. These two were offseason additions by Lionel Vital for the Roughnecks (at the time, the Gamblers), with neither having much professional experience at all.

With that in mind, it’s clear that Houston’s personnel wanted to pick up a couple of playmakers with NFL exposure under their belts already.

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