Despite a slow week of practice this week, XFL teams were extremely active during the recent ice storm that took place in Texas. The Battlehawks have made four transactions this week releasing three players and signing 2019 5th Round Draft Pick Jordan Miller.
The Battlehawks started the week by signing former Michigan All-Big Ten DB Lavert Hill, followed by releasing Jay Jackson-Williams. Williams was drafted by the Battlehawks with the 26th Overall pick in the Offensive Line portion of the November XFL Draft. Williams spent time at four college programs and earned eleven collegiate starts over six seasons. He fought injuries all throughout college and may have ran into the injury bug during training camp once again.
The Battlehawks also saw Bryce Watts transfer to the Arlington Renegades per XFL Analyst and may be heading to the Renegades. Per the XFL Website, Watts has been removed from the roster and updates have not yet come from the league. Watts was signed during the first week of training camp by the Battlehawks after being waived via injured reserve by the Steelers in May of 2022.
The Battlehawks also released defensive back Evan Fields. Fields was the 35th overall defensive back taken in the November XFL Draft. Fields came to the Battlehawks with 27 starts in his five-year career at Arizona State. As a safety, Fields made 204 total tackles with four passes defended, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions during his time with the Sun Devils. Fields had NFL workouts in June, but the Battlehawks were the first Professional Football Team he signed a contract with.
The final piece to this week of transactions was the signing of Jordan Miller. Miller was drafted in the 5th round by the Falcons appearing in 12 NFL games, totaling Five Tackles playing for Five NFL teams. Most recently he spent the last week of the season with the Arizona Cardinals, before not being offered a futures contract.
The XFL season is set to start in less than two weeks teams will be forced to take their rosters down from 70 to 50. Per sources, some teams will begin cutting players by the end of next week in preparation of their week one games. Like all teams the Battlehawks will continue to retool their roster in hopes of building a championship team for the city of St. Louis.
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