After a couple of weeks of wanting a change at quarterback, the Arlington Renegades fans are getting their wish as they turn the keys to Kyle Sloter.
The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday afternoon that Renegades head coach Bob Stoops named Kyle Sloter as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Orlando Guardians. Drew Plitt will serve as the backup to Sloter for the game.
“The competition between Kyle and Drew was very close during training camp, and we look forward to seeing Kyle get the opportunity to start on Sunday.”Arlington Renegades Head Coach Bob Stoops via Dallas Morning News
Drew Plitt had been the starting quarterback for the first two weeks of the season where the team went 1-1 during that span. Plitt completed 63 percent of his passes throwing for 292 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He struggled in their 23-14 loss to the Houston Roughnecks where he threw two interceptions and only completed 50 percent of his passes.
This is Sloter’s first start since playing for the New Orleans Breakers in the USFL last year. He threw for 1,798 yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions during the season. Sloter was named first-team All-USFL quarterback for his performance in leading New Orleans to a 6-4 record and a playoff appearance.
“Kyle is an experienced quarterback who has had success at the professional level.”Arlington Renegades Head Coach Bob Stoops via Dallas Morning News
Prior to the USFL, Sloter played in the NFL from 2017 until 2022. His last stop in the NFL was joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in training camp this past season before being released. Jacksonville was one of eight teams he played for during his NFL career.
The move comes after a string of tough outings for the Renegades’ offense. Coach Stoops is hoping to see Sloter add a spark to the offense that is much needed. While Plitt was okay, he struggled to throw the deep ball and wasn’t able to quickly release the ball when pressure is in his face. The good news for Sloter is he is facing statically the worst defense in the XFL in Orlando. He could be in for a big day against a defense that has surrendered over 30 points in each of the first two games.
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