The Arlington Renegades are poised to raise hell in the XFL this season. Coach Bob Stoops is back in town, and has constructed a complete roster across the board.
Kickoff is approaching quickly, and right now the Renegades are busy at training camp. Moves are being made, as the team prepares for its 2023 campaign. On paper, this team is absolutely stacked.
Meet your Arlington Renegades. These straight shooters only listen to their pride and desire to take the victory that is theirs.#XFL2023 pic.twitter.com/0smYfT5dde
— Arlington Renegades (@XFLRenegades) October 31, 2022
Let’s take a look at who is currently on the team, and which playmakers should have an impact in Arlington.
Right off the bat, Kyle Sloter is a name many are familiar with. Sloter is an NFL journeyman, playing for many different organizations over the course of his career.
Sloter is no stranger to spring football. He played for the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL in 2022, helping lead the team to a playoff berth. Kyle earned All-USFL honors as well. He then signed to play with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was ultimately released before the NFL season began.
For those of you might be unfamiliar with Kyle Sloter (playing in the HOF game), he was one of the USFL's premier quarterbacks; when healthy. It's great to see him back on an NFL field.
The #USFL continues to prove that they had quality talent in 2022. pic.twitter.com/vTCidISu2V
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenPFN) August 5, 2022
It will be intriguing to see how Sloter fits Bob Stoops’ system. Kyle comes in as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the league, and is in a position to potentially start. If Sloter can play at a high level – by avoiding injury – things will go well for him in the XFL.
Drew Plitt and Kevin Anderson also sit on the roster. Plitt was assigned to the Renegades when Sloter was, while Anderson was added later on. Drew is an interesting prospect, hailing from Ball State. Plitt spent some time with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022, and now looks to the XFL for the next step in his journey.
Drew Plitt just went 6-for-6 for 76 yds and this TD on the @Bengals last drive. #AZvsCIN pic.twitter.com/28CsGv51zL
— NFL (@NFL) August 13, 2022
Meanwhile, Anderson most recently spent time in The Spring League. He played for the Conquerors in 2021, helping the team to a 4-2 record. With the right development, Kevin could see playing time for Arlington this season.
The Renegades have one of the best backfields in the league. De’Veon Smith was signed during the supplemental draft, and rightfully so. Smith led the XFL in rushing yards in 2020, for the Tampa Bay Vipers.
BREAKING: De'Veon Smith has been drafted by the @XFLRenegades. Smith now rejoins the #XFL, after leading the league in rushing yards in 2020 with the Vipers. @i_BSmith4 was supposed to play in the #USFL, but got cut for controversial reasons in week 1.pic.twitter.com/3fyWpEA6Wm
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenPFN) January 1, 2023
De’Veon has been around the block in spring leagues since coming out of Michigan. He was supposed to play for the USFL in 2022, but ultimately had a falling out with the Pittsburgh Maulers. Expect Smith to have a major impact in Arlington.
Kenneth Farrow is back in the XFL, which is a sight many wanted to see. Farrow, like Smith, is a spring football icon. Kenneth was outstanding in the AAF, and then performed quite well for the Seattle Dragons. Farrow will bring plenty of veteran experience to the offense.
TOUCHDOWN @XFLDragons @KennethMFarrow runs it in to give Seattle their first TD of the game 💪 pic.twitter.com/UF9sEz2gWp
— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) February 29, 2020
Keith Ford is also an XFL alumni, playing for the St. Louis Battlehawks in 2020. On the flip side, De’Montre Tuggle is looking to prove himself at a professional level. Tuggle hails from Ohio, and could see playing time if all goes well in training camp.
Fans of the Renegades from 2020 will remember fan favorite Flynn Nagel. He played for the team three years ago, and now rejoins the franchise for this upcoming season. Nagel is an underrated slot receiver, with a knack for finding the soft spots in a defense.
WR Flynn Nagel evens us up with this 12-yard TD catch! #RaisingHell 🔥 #ForTheLoveOfFootball pic.twitter.com/FzRjOwIYiN
— Arlington Renegades (@XFLRenegades) February 22, 2020
Jordan Smallwood, the former LA Wildcat, is also in Arlington. Smallwood is a versatile receiver with high upside. Without a doubt, he should be a bigtime target for the Renegades in 2023.
XFL's Jordan Smallwood did the @RandyOrton pose for his touchdown celly 🔥
— B/R Wrestling (@BRWrestling) February 8, 2020
The rest of the WR core is currently made up of: Jackson Anthrop, Brandon Arconado, Sean Modster, JaCorey Sullivan, Tyler Vaughns, and Lujuan Winningham. Winningham is certainly someone to keep an eye on. He had a monster senior season at Central Arkansas, racking up 840 yards and five touchdowns.
The Chips are on the board! Jacob Sirmon connects with a WIDE OPEN JaCorey Sullivan for a 78-yard touchdown. CMU cuts it 21-7. #FireUpChips @JacoreySullivan @JacobSirmon
(Courtesy: SEC Network) pic.twitter.com/zORyM8jARc
— Jonathan Deutsch (@JonathanD_TV) September 19, 2021
JaCorey Sullivan is another young gem, who simply needs a chance to prove himself. Sullivan was responsible for almost 700 yards and ten – yes, ten – scores in his senior year at Central Michigan. As training camp nears its end, Sullivan should have an excellent shot at making the XFL roster.
Interestingly enough, the Renegades have four tight ends on the current roster. Shaun Beyer, Jibri Blount, Alex Ellis, and Sal Cannella make up the TE room right now.
Obviously, Sal Cannella is the front runner in this group. Cannella is a spring league legend, dominating on multiple levels. Sal played in The Spring League in 2020, putting on a show with the Generals.
The @XFLRenegades knew what they were doing by reuniting Kyle Sloter and Sal Cannella in the #XFL.
This duo TORCHED the #USFL in 2022. Including the playoffs, they combined for over 500 yards of offense for the New Orleans Breakers…just ridiculous.pic.twitter.com/Z7qZxCCyEz
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenPFN) January 16, 2023
Then, Cannella played for the New Orleans Breakers in 2022. He was clearly one of the best in the league, putting up ridiculous numbers week in and week out. His USFL campaign was alongside current Renegades QB Kyle Sloter – so, expect a strong connection between those two if Kyle is the starter.
The Arlington Renegades have quite a few offensive linemen:
Cameron Hunt just won a USFL Championship with the Birmingham Stallions. In fact, he did so with current OL coach Jonathan Himebauch. Now, they both reunite in the XFL on the Renegades.
Garrett McGhin is easily one of the best athletes in the entire XFL. McGhin won All-USFL honors with the New Jersey Generals, and then spent time with the New York Giants in training camp.
Right off the bat, Tomasi Laulile and Doug Costin are two very recognizable names. Costin won a USFL Championship in 2022 with the Birmingham Stallions. After that, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent time with the team in training camp.
Round 30 #XFLDraft Recap:
Orl: DL Caeveon Patton
SA: LB Andrzej Hughes-Murray
STL: DL Gelen Robinson
DC: DL Joseph Wallace
Hou: LB Ellis Brooks
Arl: DL Doug Costin
Sea: LB Emmanuel Smith
VV: LB C.J. Avery
Costin won a #USFL Championship this year with the Birmingham Stallions. pic.twitter.com/r7CT5He12I
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenPFN) November 16, 2022
Laulile is an excellent lineman, showcasing his outstanding playmaking abilities in the USFL. The Houston Gamblers had one of the best defenses in the league, largely in part to Tomasi up front.
🚨BIG MAN TOUCHDOWN🚨
Tomasi Laulile finds the end zone after another forced fumble from @Chrisodom98
📺: @FOXSports pic.twitter.com/fDIcJ6QdJh
— Houston Gamblers (@USFLGamblers) May 22, 2022
T.J. Barnes is another solid addition. Barnes played in the AAF in 2019, and also was a part of the XFL in 2020 with the New York Guardians. His size should prove to be an asset in Arlington’s system. Will Clarke, the former Battlehawk, reunites with his former DC Jay Hayes, which is great to see.
Aaron Adeoye also played with the Birmingham Stallions in 2022. The rest of the linemen consist of: Josiah Coatney, Micah Dew-Treadway, Bruce Hector, Davonte Lambert, and Glen Logan.
It’s going to be a scary sight for opposing offenses to see this linebacker core. Arlington has a ridiculous lineup in this category.
It's almost unfair that the @XFLRenegades snagged Donald Payne yesterday in the supplemental #XFL draft. @7PayneTrain was a force to be reckoned with in the #USFL. The All-USFL LB racked up 117 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 INTs…he was unstoppable. Legendary.pic.twitter.com/f2yDnRGgGg
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenPFN) January 2, 2023
To start with, the team signed Donald Payne. Payne led the USFL in tackles made for the Gamblers. He was unstoppable week in and week out. Payne finished the season with 117 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions (including two pick sixes).
The @XFLGuardians are running away with it in Dallas! pic.twitter.com/9tZD9MiTNB
— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 2020
Ryan Mueller is back in the XFL. Mueller is popular for his insane pick six against the Dallas Renegades in week five of the 2020 season. Ryan is an excellent linebacker, with the ability to also dual as an edge rusher at times. Expect Mueller to play a major role in Arlington.
Most of the linebacker group is made up of spring football alumni. Edmond Robinson and Nick Temple both played in the XFL in 2020, for the Dragons and the Roughnecks. Both are skilled at their position, and have a shot at making the final roster.
Isaiah Graham-Mobley, Colin Schooler, Willie Taylor, and Josh Watson are all on the current roster. Expect a couple linebackers to be cut before the season officially starts.
Speaking of scary, this secondary is something else. Leading the charge is De’Vante Bausby, who everyone is familiar with at this point. Bausby was a star in the AAF, and most recently played a big role for the New Jersey Generals in the USFL.
💨💨💨@_BigBaus #TakeCommand⚔️ pic.twitter.com/fyMuFrRfJe
— San Antonio Commanders (@aafcommanders) March 24, 2019
Bausby spent a couple of years in the NFL, for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos. Now, he turns to the XFL. De’Vante will no doubt play big minutes for Arlington if he stays healthy.
CB Josh Hawkins (@28degreess) gets his 2nd interception of the year on Island 28 🏝 🦅
💻 https://t.co/mniEka1voR pic.twitter.com/e6sqQNLGMm
— Arlington Renegades (@XFLRenegades) March 7, 2020
Josh Hawkins is back in town. Mr. 28 Degrees himself will look to bring the Arlington Renegades a Championship in 2023. Hawkins was outstanding for this team back in 2020, and should bring some veteran XFL experience to the squad.
Joe Powell, To The Endzone!
XFL fans, get excited. Joe Powell is back in the league. Powell is infamous for his kickoff return for a touchdown in week three of the XFL, when he was with the St. Louis Battlehawks. Now, the hard hitting defender joins Bob Stoops in Arlington.
The first ever XFL kickoff return for a TD.
B E A U T I F U L pic.twitter.com/zqdHTlxMaL
— XFL (@XFL2023) February 23, 2020
XFL Playmakers In The Secondary
Shakur Brown is also a big pickup. Brown was an excellent DB for the Pittsburgh Maulers in 2022. He posted 39 tackles, and defended quite well for the team. Shakur then joined the Tennessee Titans in training camp, and impressed many. Brown will certainly make an impact for the Arlington Renegades defense.
Will Hill III is back in the XFL. Hill formerly played for the Battlehawks in 2020, being one of the league’s top safeties. Rahim Moore is also a returning safety, formerly of the DC Defenders. Moore has AAF experience as well, with the Arizona Hotshots.
THIS IS A NO FLY ZONE! 🙅♂️🙅♂️@WillThrill25 IS CLUTCH! 😤#ForTheLoveOfFootball x #ClearedToEngage pic.twitter.com/9lglDwvUqR
— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) March 1, 2020
Jamal Carter, Abu Daramy-Swaray, Darren Evans, Nasir Greer, Rannell Hall, Cre’von Leblanc, Cameron Lewis, and Elijah Reed construct the rest of the secondary. This group will likely be cut down before the season begins.
Just when you thought the Arlington Renegades were out of big names…just take a look at special teams. Taylor Russolino will serve as the team’s kicker, which is major. Russolino is one of the best kickers we’ve seen in spring football, ever. Arlington is lucky to have him.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME @tgrussolino 😳
He NAILS a 58-yard field goal to extend the @XFLBattleHawks lead
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/CJvycmjOgq
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 23, 2020
On top of that, Marquette King – possibly the most athletic punter of all time – joins the squad. King will no doubt be a major factor for this organization on special teams. Antonio Ortiz out of TCU will be the team’s long snapper.
Generally speaking, the Arlington Renegades have an extremely talented roster. This team features some of the greatest spring football athletes available, which is excellent news for Arlington fans.
Of course, we haven’t seen the team play quite yet, so anything can happen. However, from top to bottom, this XFL organization is unreal. With Bob Stoops, Jonathan Hayes, Jay Hayes, etc. all on the coaching staff, this team is bound to do great things in 2023.
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The Renegades will kick off their season at home on February 18th versus the Vegas Vipers.
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