UFL Week Six Sees Surprise Cuts: JoJo Tillery, Isiah Hennie

UFL Week Six Sees Surprise Cuts: JoJo Tillery, Isiah Hennie

The UFL dropped some transactions last night, some of which were a surprise to many. A few teams made adjustments, including cutting talent that we expected to stick around throughout the season.

Aside from the Arlington Renegades re-signing two key players and losing two others, the rest of the transactions were:

St. Louis Battlehawks: Sign LB Drew Lewis
Houston Roughnecks: Cut QB Kenji Bahar, WR Isiah Hennie
San Antonio Brahmas: Cut DE Tarell Basham
Birmingham Stallions: Cut S JoJo Tillery

Drew Lewis Re-Signed

With the injuries to the linebackers in St. Louis, it was only a matter of time before they made a move. Drew Lewis has returned to the team, after previously spending time with the Battlehawks in Training Camp.

Lewis most recently was with the Houston Roughnecks and San Antonio Brahmas during the 2023 XFL season, where he posted 24 tackles and a sack. He also played in the USFL with the Houston Gamblers in 2022. Drew provides depth, and veteran playmaking abilities for this linebacker core.

Kenji Bahar & Isiah Hennie Cut

The Houston Roughnecks released both Kenji Bahar and Isiah Hennie. Bahar isn’t a shocker, considering QB Jarrett Guarantano is healthy again. Bahar was signed as the third QB for Houston if they needed him in an emergency situation.

Isiah Hennie was a starting returner for Houston this year, and did struggle with fumbling the ball – losing a few this season. It’s a shame, because he’s electrifying when he protects the football. Isiah was the sole reason that Houston had a shot in week three against Michigan.

Hennie finished his UFL season with ten kickoff returns for 324 yards. His longest return was 75 yards. The former All-USFL playmaker should be on the radar of other UFL teams.

Tarell Basham Cut

The San Antonio Brahmas have released former NFL draft pick Tarell Basham. Tarell had just been activated from the suspended list, and played against DC. He posted two tackles in that game. Basham had a below average 55.6 Defensive Grade per PFF, playing 23 snaps.

JoJo Tillery Cut

In a rather surprising move from Birmingham, JoJo Tillery has been let go. This is about as unfortunate as it gets. Tillery was one of the few veterans remaining on this team from 2022. He’s been one of the top safeties in the USFL the past two years, and was playing well in the UFL.

Tillery finished his season with a solid 72.2 Defensive Grade via PFF. He was a starter through week five, which is where he got injured. On what would have been a pick six, JoJo came up limping in Houston, and unfortunately it means his season is over.

While it appears that this release is due to his injury, it’s rather strange that Birmingham didn’t simply place him on the injured reserve list. Tillery has been a centerpiece of John Chavis’ defense through three years, and it is a shame to see it come to an end like this.

Final Thoughts

With only four regular season games left in the UFL, teams have to do what they can in order to win now. Houston and Arlington, despite their poor records, are still alive in the playoff race, believe it or not.

Week six of the UFL kicks off this Saturday, with the Arlington Renegades hosting the Memphis Showboats at 1pm ET.

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