St. Louis Battlehawks DT Kevin Atkins Signs With NYG

St. Louis Battlehawks Make Final Cuts In UFL Training Camp

It’s official: the St. Louis Battlehawks have set their 50 man roster in place for the UFL season. It was a difficult process, but the team has made the final eight cuts necessary before week one begins.

Offensive Cuts

WR Darion Chafin
WR Steven Mitchell Jr.
OT Dallas Warmack

The Battlehawks loaded up on wide receivers this offseason, which leads to a couple more talented prospects getting the ax this Friday. Darion Chafin was an addition made during Training Camp, and one who certainly could have made a case to make this roster.

Steven Mitchell Jr. is an unfortunate loss, as he spent the 2023 XFL season in St. Louis. Mitchell posted 207 receiving yards and four touchdowns last year, as a solid target for AJ McCarron. However, with the free agents this team secured during the offseason, there isn’t room for everyone to stick around.

Dallas Warmack played in five games for the Battlehawks last year. Head Coach Anthony Becht told the media yesterday that they were going to cut a lineman, and Dallas ended up being on the unfortunate end of that decision.

Defensive Cuts

DT Kevin Atkins
DE Chris Garrett
LB Emeke Egbule
LB Drew Lewis
DB/LB Nico Bolden

Kevin Atkins sticks out as one of the biggest surprises in this batch. Atkins was a solid piece on the interior for the Battlehawks last year, and saw an NFL stint with the New York Giants following his XFL campaign. St. Louis completely retooled their defensive line this offseason, though, which leaves Kevin on the outside looking in.

Chris Garrett was snagged during the dispersal draft process, and is someone who could absolutely land on another UFL roster. Emeke Egbule and Drew Lewis were offseason additions, who both have alt-football experience in the CFL, and/or the XFL and USFL.

Nico Bolden is listed as a linebacker in the press release, but had signed to the Battlehawks as a defensive back. This secondary unit has been completely reworked, as Becht has emphasized that one of the team’s goals was to revamp this group. With the amount of talent currently featured, Nico sadly did not make the final cut.

Final Thoughts

The St. Louis Battlehawks will certainly feature a different look in the UFL this year. While they have retained their starting quarterback in AJ McCarron, several position groups were gutted throughout the offseason process.

General Manager Dave Boller and Head Coach Anthony Becht have made it clear that this roster needed to improve in order to avoid missing the postseason for a second straight year. Through the dispersal drafts, and the offseason additions, St. Louis is now positioned to make a Championship run heading towards 2024.

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