Recapping A Wild Weekend Of Moves In The XFL | Stevie Scott

Recapping A Wild Weekend Of Moves In The XFL

The XFL has been in a frenzy as of late. Players are being signed, released, traded, etc. at a rapid pace, as teams prepare for the inevitable USFL-XFL merger.

At the moment, XFL teams have been signing players with “Letters Of Intent”. These LOI’s are not official contracts, but rather an agreement to sign that player when a contract is sent their way.

With that in mind, XFL franchises have been adding quite a few players this offseason. Friday saw several more LOI signings, so let’s take a look at who was picked up.

San Antonio Brahmas

RB Stevie Scott III | Michigan Panthers

Stevie Scott is back in the spring football scene. USFL fans will recognize the name, as Scott played with the Michigan Panthers for the last two seasons. Across that span, he totaled 605 rushing yards and four touchdowns, averaging 3.4 YPC.

In Michigan, Stevie was primarily used as a secondary back, behind Reggie Corbin. With that in mind, Stevie had his fair share of touches – using his size and brute strength to make things happen for Michigan.

Scott earned NFL opportunities after both USFL seasons, with Denver in 2022, and then Arizona this past preseason. Now, he joins a new organization in San Antonio for 2024.

OL Evan Heim | New Jersey Generals

Evan Heim is an excellent pickup for San Antonio. Just like Scott, Evan played in the USFL for the last two seasons, with the New Jersey Generals. Heim played a major role in the 2022 season, helping lead New Jersey to a 9-1 record with a rushing attack that was greatly feared in the league.

In 2023, Heim continued to make an impact. Despite the Generals’ struggles, the team did run the ball well. Evan started in five of 10 games played this year.

Heim played at Minnesota State in college, and has some NFL experience in Detroit.

DL Jamir Jones | Notre Dame

Jamir Jones brings plenty of NFL experience to the table for the Brahmas. He has played in 13 NFL games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Los Angeles Rams – totaling 20 tackles.

Jones went to Notre Dame in college, racking up 50 tackles and 4.5 sacks there as a solid rotational piece. With a couple of San Antonio’s defenders headed to the NFL this offseason, Jamir could prove to be a valuable replacement in the trenches.

K Christopher Dunn | North Carolina State

With John Parker Romo in and out of the NFL, the San Antonio Brahmas are in need of a new kicker. Christopher Dunn has signed a LOI with the team, from North Carolina State.

Dunn had an up and down career in college. He began his career at 88% through his first two seasons, but then struggled over the next two, at 69%. In 2021, he was 13-19 on field goals for the year.

Then, in 2022, Dunn turned things around. He made 28 of his 29 field goal attempts, including 2-2 from 50+ yards out, with a long of 53. This garnered him NFL interest from Los Angeles and Carolina. Now, he has an opportunity to kickstart his pro career with the Brahmas.

Trouble Brewing In Houston?

The Houston Roughnecks had a rather interesting weekend. The team signed DB Teez Tabor (Florida) to a letter of intent. However, they also released the following players abruptly:

QB Cole McDonald
QB Kaleb Eleby
RB Dejoun Lee
WR Travell Harris
TE Garrett Owens
OT Ja’Chai Baker
DL Charles Wiley
DE Derick Roberson
LB DeAndre Johnson
ILB Warren Thomas
OLB Caliph Brice
CB Raleigh Texada

According to XFL Board, these players were released so they could pursue other opportunities. Considering that Houston has signed quite a few athletes to LOI’s this offseason, it makes sense. However, it also doesn’t paint a very confident picture for the Roughnecks heading towards the merger.

Obviously, there can only be one team in Houston. The USFL’s Gamblers have been signing players consistently as of late, and with the Roughnecks releasing so many athletes all at once, it makes one wonder as to what’s really going on behind the scenes.

Not to mention, some of these players were key pieces to the team in 2023. QB Cole McDonald played an important role in AJ Smith’s offense as a gadget signal caller alongside Brandon Silvers. Charles Wiley was excellent, and even had an NFL stint after the season. The whole situation presents a blurry picture, leaving fans with more questions than answers.

Max Borghi To St. Louis

Another piece that doesn’t support Houston’s case is the shocking move of Max Borghi to St. Louis. Pat Rifino reports that the Battlehawks have acquired Borghi’s rights, which is a strange move considering his success in Houston’s 2023 offense.

While Max dealt with some injuries throughout the year, he was spectacular when fully healthy. Borghi posted 310 rushing yards and six touchdowns, in eight games (four starts). Max also caught 21 passes for 139 yards.

The Battlehawks have been making some impressive additions this offseason, and now get even better with Max Borghi joining the backfield. Anthony Becht is going to have a lot of offensive playmakers to work with in 2024.

Final Thoughts

It’s going to be an interesting stretch as we approach the new year. The USFL-XFL merger is nearly complete, with news expected to come sooner than later.

At the same time, we are likely to see 6-8 teams drop off in the merged league. This will, unfortunately, leave plenty of players, coaches, staff, etc. without jobs next spring. Considering the amount of athletes who have signed new USFL contracts, or have signed LOI’s with the XFL, one has to wonder how this entire situation will play out ahead of kickoff on March 30th.

To catch up on other LOI signings from the week:

December 11th-13th
December 14th

What are your thoughts on these latest XFL developments? Are the Houston Roughnecks in danger? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

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