A week after making multiple changes to their quarterback room, the Arlington Renegades make another big move at the position while losing some players to injuries.
The league announced Monday afternoon that Kelly Bryant has signed with the team. Shortly afterward, the Renegades announced on their Twitter account that quarterback Drew Plitt and linebacker Edmond Robinson have been placed on the injured list.
Bryant was well known for his college career as he spent his first four seasons at Clemson where he started one full season with the team in 2017. During that season, he led them to an ACC title and lost to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. In 2018, Bryant would lose his job to Trevor Lawrence which led to his decision to transfer to Missouri. Bryant threw for 2,215 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions with the Missouri Tigers.
He would go undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft getting a tryout with the Arizona Cardinals in training camp. Bryant would sign with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 2021 where he would spend less than a year there before being released. He would go on to sign with the Bismarck Bucks of the Indoor Football League throwing for 48 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 87 yards in one season. The Fan Controlled Football League came calling afterward as he played with them last year winning the league’s MVP for their title game.
Arlington takes a big hit at quarterback with Drew Plitt injuring his knee in the 24-15 loss to the Seattle Sea Dragons Friday night. Plitt started three games for the Renegades, going 1-2 in those games throwing for 668 yards and three touchdowns, and five interceptions during that span. He was named the starter after the team released Kyle Sloter.
Robinson has been fighting through injuries for most of the season playing in four of the seven games. His hamstring has been the injury keeping him out of games throughout the season. He recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble this season with the Renegades. Look for Willie Taylor and Bunmi Rotimi to have increased roles on defense to fill in the gap.
This move should have signs pointing toward Luis Perez starting his first game as a Renegade with Kevin Anderson most likely his backup. Perez was inactive for the game against Seattle after being with the team for less than a week. Anderson got minimum snaps on Friday completing one pass for five yards. Bryant will most likely either be backup or inactive like what happened with Perez. This weekend will showcase Perez as the fourth quarterback to play for Arlington this year in the hopes he can lead them to a much-needed win against the Orlando Guardians.
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I have wanted to watch Kelly Bryant at the pro level. I would atick with Luis Perez at quarterback. The guy has come some far so quickly. We really need to see him shine and see about getting the Renegades to the playoffs. I learn by watching football/film like the joke in the commercial and by stats/write ups. Kelly could not have a high. comp percentage were he not accurate. He has big play capability. The last thing for me to see is how he does it in real outdoor game action. I also tend to think the pace is faster indoors so reads on plays common to both styles should be quicker. I want to watch Luis, but at least Bryant is moving in the right direction.