With the XFL inching closer to kickoff, the Arlington Renegades continue their path to the final roster with three players out and one added.
Three players were removed from the Arlington Renegades roster Sunday with former St. Louis BattleHawks defensive back Bryce Watts being added to the roster. Twitter’s XFL Analysis was the first to report the move Thursday but was not official until Sunday. The three players released include tight end Jibri Blount, offensive lineman Keenan Forbes, and linebacker Raheem Bramwell. With the roster moves, Arlington is now at 70 players heading into the final week of training camp.
Both Blount and Bramwell were assigned to the Renegades last month as they were a part of the NFL Alumni Academy. Forbes was drafted by Arlington in the ninth round of the offensive line phase of the XFL Draft back in November.
Watts was a late addition to the BattleHawks as he signed with the team in the middle of last month joining their secondary. There is no word on whether he was released by St. Louis or was traded as that has not been reported. His college stints were with Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and UMass where he recorded two interceptions in 36 games. He went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Watts was placed on injured reserve in late May of 2022 when he was cut from the team.
The offensive line is becoming clearer about who will start so for Forbes who was a late-round pickup for Arlington, it was going to be tough for him to make the team as they may end up carrying eight or nine offensive linemen. Blount being let go isn’t so much of a surprise after tight end Nate Becker was added to the roster Saturday. Bramwell was also a longshot to make the roster as he was another player assigned to a team who is already deep at linebacker with Donald Payne, Nick Temple, Ryan Mueller, and others.
It’s interesting to note that despite all the talent the Renegades have in the secondary, they continue to bring in more defensive backs. There could be multiple reasons for it as it could either mean they don’t feel comfortable with the depth of the group, injuries might be occurring, or maybe the starters aren’t quite where they need to be. It should bring for an important last week of training camp to see who steps up.
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