San Antonio Brahmas Cut Roster, Claim WR Matt Landers

San Antonio Brahmas Cut Roster, Claim WR Matt Landers

The San Antonio Brahmas made some tough decisions this weekend, cutting their roster down to 56 players. Every team in the UFL had to cut from 75, meaning that plenty of quality talent was unfortunately let go during this process.

RB Jaylen Samuels

Jaylen Samuels is a somewhat surprising release. He was an offseason addition to the team, and has NFL experience with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, with the current group of John Lovett, Anthony McFarland, and Brycen Alleyne, there just wasn’t enough room for Samuels.

WR Cody Chrest

Cody Chrest is a talented receiver out of Harvard and Sam Houston State. Chrest got caught up in a very competitive WR room in San Antonio, and considering he hadn’t been a part of the USFL or XFL last year, gets the axe in training camp.

WR Dieuly Aristilde

Dieuly Aristilde was another pickup from the Dispersal Draft, coming over from Orlando. He was one of the players who would have had a tough path to making the final roster, so it isn’t a shock to see him waived.

WR Kade Warner

A notable here is Kade Warner, the son of Kurt Warner, being released. Kade was added to San Antonio’s roster after a solid career at Kansas State. Warner spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2023. Don’t be surprised if he gets picked up by another team off of waivers.

OL Connor Davis

Connor Davis was a late addition for San Antonio, having spent the last year as a free agent. Davis signed as an offensive lineman, but has played at the tight end position in spring football prior – in the AAF, XFL, and USFL.

OL Michael Brown

Michael Brown was part of the Brahmas roster last year, playing in one game. He has spring football experience, being part of the New Jersey Generals unit back in 2022. San Antonio signed some NFL-caliber offensive lineman this offseason, which likely led to Brown’s release on Sunday.

C Evan Heim

Speaking of the New Jersey Generals, Evan Heim was an offseason pickup for San Antonio, after the Generals chose not to bring him back. Heim started in five of 10 games for the Generals last year. He’s a talented lineman, but with the increased competition in the offensive line department, it isn’t easy to crack any of these rosters.

DT Trey Botts

Trey Botts originally had signed with the Philadelphia Stars, but was picked up by San Antonio during the Super Draft. He earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference during the 2022 season, with 66 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

DE Drew Beesley

Now, this one is surprising. Drew Beesley was primarily a starter for a strong San Antonio defense last year, totaling 27 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and an interception. Drew was phenomenal throughout the year. One has to wonder if his release is due to San Antonio featuring a brand new staff this year, under the leadership of Wade Phillips.

DE Jason Lewan

Lewan was another offseason addition, joining San Antonio after an NFL opportunity with the Green Bay Packers. Jason tallied over 100 tackles and five sacks during his college career at Illinois State.

DE Kwabena Bonsu

Kwabena Bonsu was the final piece to San Antonio’s roster before training camp began. Bonsu played his college football with the Army, at West Point. He had a rookie mini-camp stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

LB Ryan Mueller

Ryan Mueller is a spring football staple, so it’s tough to see him on the list of waived players. Mueller played in the XFL in 2020, and most notably had a pick six in week five that caught national attention. Ryan played in the XFL last year, starting with Vegas and finishing with Arlington.

LB Marvin Pierre

Pierre was an intriguing prospect coming into the UFL season. He had originally been an XFL draft pick last year, after spending some time with the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. A talented linebacker who just was stuck in a stacked room with the Brahmas.

OLB Omari Cobb

Omari Cobb was supposed to be with San Antonio last year, but did not report. He was eventually added to the Roughnecks roster in October, but then ended up back with the Brahmas through the Dispersal Draft. With the amount of linebackers that San Antonio signed, some tough cuts had to be made, which leaves Cobb and Pierre on the outside looking in.

DB Benjie Franklin

Benjie Franklin was a nice signing this offseason, as he already had professional experience in the NFL and CFL (Toronto Argonauts). With a solid showing during his final two seasons at Tarleton State with 65 tackles and four interceptions, I thought he would’ve been a name that could have made it past the first round of cuts.

DB Mac McCain III

Mac McCain is an unfortunate name to watch go. He was tremendous during his time at North Carolina A&T, but injuries stifled his final years there. Even then, McCain spent some time with the Philadelphia Eagles coming out of college.

DB Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis is another player who got the short end of the stick through the merger. He saw some starts for San Antonio last year, but with the amount of talent added to the roster throughout the offseason, Lewis now becomes a free agent.

DB Vernon Scott

Truthfully, it’s shocking to see Vernon Scott not make the final roster for the San Antonio Brahmas. Scott has been with the Green Bay Packers for the last few years, and had an excellent career at TCU. It speaks volumes to the roster that Marc Lillibridge and Wade Phillips are building in San Antonio – if this league had any more than eight teams, Scott would almost certainly be a starter somewhere.

K Matt Ammendola

Matt Ammendola has lost the kicker battle in San Antonio. Deestroying (Donald De La Haye Jr.) has impressively beat him out, but we’re told that Matt was released because he was “too good for this league”. Matt was in the NFL as recently as early December, with the Houston Texans, and could always sign another futures deal at some point.

Matt Landers Claimed Off Waivers

Matt Landers now joins the wide receiver room in San Antonio, after being waived by the Arlington Renegades. Landers joined Arlington this past offseason, after an NFL stint with the Seattle Seahawks.

Landers had an incredible senior season at Arkansas, totaling 901 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. At 6’4”, 200lbs., Matt is a big body who brings depth to the Brahmas WR core.

Clearly, cut down days are never easy. If every Coach could keep each player he signed this offseason, they certainly would. However, with only eight teams in the new UFL, these moments were expected to happen at some point.

With the amount of players released by San Antonio, do not be surprised to see some of them get claimed by other UFL teams.

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