Memphis Showboats Sign TE Dominique Dafney For 2024

Memphis Showboats Sign TE Dominique Dafney In UFL FA

With the news of Troy Warner’s retirement, the Memphis Showboats have added TE Dominique Dafney to the roster for the upcoming UFL season.

Throughout most of his college days, Dafney was primarily used as a blocking tight end. He began his career at Iowa Western CC, before transferring to Iowa for the next two seasons. Across that span, he had two catches for 24 yards.

It wasn’t until he made his way to Indiana State for his senior season that Dominique was able to make some noise on the receiving end as well. He finished his lone year there with 196 yards and a touchdown, generating some NFL interest.

Dominique Dafney ended up signing with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He then got picked up by the Green Bay Packers, and saw some action throughout the next two seasons as he caught four passes for 60 yards and one score. Dafney started in four of the 15 games he was active for.

Since then, Dominique has been searching for a way to land a roster spot. Most recently, he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL preseason in 2023.

Now, he’ll look to rejuvenate his professional career with the Memphis Showboats in the UFL.

Final Thoughts

This Showboats team is stacked at practically every position, and now just made their tight end room even stronger. Right now, the franchise also features:

Sage Surratt (Breakers)
Michael Ezeike (Rookie Draft)
Jay Jay Wilson (Roster Retention)
Wes Saxton Jr. (Generals)

It’ll be intriguing to watch all of this play out for Memphis in Training Camp. Right now, the roster sits at 74 players, meaning that one more addition will have to be made before camp begins on Monday.

What are your thoughts on Dominique Dafney signing to the Memphis Showboats? Will he make the regular season roster? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

  1. I agree. Dominque is a really nice camp invite. I have not seen him personally, but he was moving fast on that special teams tackle, so we are going to presume the Memphis higher ups know what they are doing. With them possibly taking only 3 Tight Ends for the 50 man roster there could be 2 cuts. Sage Surratt is surely one of the guys to make the team. He can get open in the zone as well as anyone and his hands are excellent. He also works hard as a blocker. He slows defenders down even if he doesn’t excel at blocking per se. He literally earned his time on the field last year, helping him to be among the league leaders in receptions last year. This year I would like to see him work on his body in camp. Blocking better. Defenses got better too with the merger. I would also like to him work on his footwork, breaking out of a cut faster and on his RAC. He will get his numbers against a zone defense, but to be a complete player he needs this. Dafney is an NFL body. It should be interesting how he fits in. Jay Jay Wilson seems to have great upside, but didn’t really put it all together last year. Wes Saxton was well liked and seemed to have a pro body as well. I don’t know Mike Ezieke at so we shall see.

  2. In Dominique Dafney you are getting a DAWG!!! This man puts his heart and soul into football! He’s always been great teammate, a great blocker, and he just needs the opportunity to show what he can do catching the ball. He comes to play every down and prides himself on punishing the guy in front of him to help the team make big plays. He’s an absolute gym rat and has spent the last several years going to Tight End University working out with the likes of George Kittle, TJ Hockenson, and Travis Kelce. He made it to 2 NFC Championship games in his tenure with Green Bay and even though it didn’t work out, the fanbase loved him the entire time he was there and missed him when he was gone. He still has a lot of football left in him and just like at Indiana State, if the Showboats make him a part of their game plan, they will see one of the best up and coming talents in the league. Just to put it into perspective, Dafney put up the fourth-best single game rushing performance in program history after going for 244 yards out of the wildcat, leading the Sycamores to a 51-24 victory over the Bears in his final collegiate game. Don’t believe me, see it for yourself.

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