The first round of cuts for the rosters of XFL teams was announced Saturday with nine players being missing from the Arlington Renegades roster.
The league’s communication department announced on Twitter Saturday that rosters were trimmed down to 70 players.
As of this article’s release, the Renegades had 72 players listed on their roster according to the XFL website. Nine total players were removed from the roster. Of the nine players cut, six of the players were drafted by the team on day one of the XFL Draft or the Supplemental Draft. The other three players were assigned to the team from the NFL Alumni Academy.
Here is the list of players who were cut from the Renegades team:
Robert Nelson, Defensive Back
Jessie Lemonier, Linebacker
TJ Green, Defensive Back
Delonte Hood, Defensive Back
Quintin Vinzant, Wide Receiver
George Moore, Offensive Lineman
Dominick Wood-Anderson, Tight End
Mike Van Hoeven, Center
Kaleb Prejean, Defensive Lineman
Arlington Renegades Cuts Breakdown
Probably the biggest name that did not make it to the 70-player roster was defensive back, Robert Nelson. Based on his XFL and NFL experience, Nelson was seen as someone who could come in and make an immediate impact in the secondary. He might be a target for some teams to add to their rosters.
Another notable name cut from the team was linebacker Jessie Lemonier. Another example of a player who previously played in the NFL and was also a part of the USFL last season. It was an already uphill battle for Lemonier as the linebacker position is deep with Nick Temple, Ryan Mueller, and Donald Payne highlighting the position.
The position that saw the most cut downs was the defensive back position where three players were cut from the position. Arlington still has 14 players in the secondary for training camp. Arlington still has plenty of players on the offensive side of the ball as they only saw four of the players cut. The team decided to only cut one wide receiver which leaves them with ten receivers. While one tight end was also cut, they still have five tight ends on the roster fighting for at least two or three spots.
Most fans can expect the receiver and defensive back positions to see more players being released from the roster. Coach Bob Stoops and the staff have already established that veterans are not guaranteed a spot on the team. Fans will have to wait and see what other surprise cuts are to come for the team.
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