By: Omar Saulters

Coach Bob Stoops and the Arlington Renegades, reigning XFL champions, executed a strategic game plan during the UFL Dispersal Draft, welcoming 13 new players to enhance their roster. Notably, seven of these additions had previous affiliations with the Houston Roughnecks, highlighting the team’s keen eye for talent.

Speedy running back Devin Darrington, who showcased his skills with the Orlando Guardians, joined the Renegades despite missing the initial games of the season due to injury. Darrington’s breakaway speed adds a dynamic element to the running back rotation, complementing the playing styles of Ellison and Leddie Brown.

Adding further versatility to the Renegades’ offensive lineup is Seth Green, a wide receiver who recently signed his letter of intent with the Houston Roughnecks. With no tight ends currently on the roster, Green’s role and potential impact will be closely monitored as the team prepares for the upcoming season.

In the backfield, the Renegades secured Morgan Ellison, a dynamic running back with a strong start to the XFL season with the Seattle Sea Dragons. Ellison’s style aligns seamlessly with the team’s balanced offensive scheme, providing a fitting replacement for the departed De’Veon Smith.

The receiving corps received a boost with the addition of Deontay Burnett, a standout performer for the Houston Roughnecks. Burnett’s ability to serve as a deep threat addresses Arlington’s need for a consistent receiver, potentially becoming the team’s top target in the upcoming season.

On the offensive line, the Renegades secured key additions in center Chris Owens from the Seattle Sea Dragons and tackles Jean Delance and Adrian Ealy from the Houston Roughnecks and Seattle Sea Dragons, respectively. Owens will challenge the incumbent Cameron Hunt for the starting center position, while Delance and Ealy inject youth and depth into the veteran-heavy offensive line.

Defensively, the Renegades made impactful acquisitions, including defensive tackles Roderick Perry and LaRon Stokes. Perry, with previous NFL experience, faces tough competition for a spot in the rotation, while Stokes, a former Oklahoma defensive lineman, is expected to play a significant role in the defensive line.

Linebacker Vic Beasley, a former Pro Bowler from the Vegas Vipers, adds versatility to the Renegades’ defense with his ability to rush the edge and drop back into linebacker coverage. His inclusion strengthens an already formidable linebacker unit.

In the secondary, cornerback Ajene Harris, renowned for leading the XFL in interceptions with five, strengthens the Renegades’ defense alongside key players like Josh Hawkins, DeVante Bausby, Will Hill, and Joe Powell.

Lindsey Scott Jr., renowned for his record-breaking senior season at Incarnate Word in 2022, emerged as a key addition at the quarterback position. Despite not participating in spring football, Scott’s mobility and quick release position him as a formidable contender for the starting quarterback role, challenging the early favorite, Luis Perez.

With these strategic selections from the UFL Dispersal Draft, the Arlington Renegades have assembled a diverse and talented roster, setting the stage for an exciting and competitive upcoming season as they aim to defend their XFL championship.

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Omar Saulters

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