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XFL Stars Shine: Lions, Patriots, Steelers, and Titans Sign Key Players from XFL Ranks

The road from the XFL to the NFL has never been more accessible, and this offseason is living proof. Teams like the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans are recognizing talent within the XFL and taking actions to acquire promising players.

Lions Fill Gaps with Alex Mollette

The Detroit Lions have picked up offensive lineman Alex Mollette, formerly of the Houston Roughnecks, replenishing their depth following the release of Ross Pierschbacher. Mollette’s college career at Marshall and his all-XFL team recognition speaks volumes of his capability and adaptability on the offensive line. This signing should boost the Lions’ offensive front that guided one of the best rushing attacks in the XFL.

Patriots Bolster Defense with Carson Wells

The New England Patriots are making their defense a priority by signing Carson Wells, former linebacker for the St. Louis Battlehawks. After spending time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Wells showcased his prowess with 45 tackles in just 10 games in the XFL. The Patriots seem to be reshaping their roster carefully, making room for Wells, who has the opportunity to prove his NFL mettle once again.

Steelers Reinforce Secondary with Lavert Hill

Cornerback Lavert Hill, another standout from the St. Louis Battlehawks, is heading to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hill’s impressive stats, including two interceptions and 25 tackles in 10 games for the XFL team, make this a notable signing. Despite bouncing around five different NFL teams without regular-season play, Hill’s outside corner skills and slot/nickel experience make him an appealing addition to the Steelers’ secondary.

Titans Take a Chance on Brahmas RB Jacques Patrick

Behind Derrick Henry in Nashville, depth at running back has been a concern for the Tennessee Titans. Their solution: signing Jacques Patrick of the San Antonio Brahmas. Patrick’s impressive XFL stint, which included 443 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 10 games, likely caught the Titans’ eye. Known as a bruiser at 6’2″, 234 lbs, Patrick’s potential as a third-down or goal-line back could add depth and diversity to the Titans’ backfield.

A League of Opportunities: XFL to NFL

These signings highlight the continuing trend of XFL talents finding homes in the NFL. With 50+ XFL players signed to NFL contracts, the path is becoming increasingly accessible. Teams are recognizing that the XFL’s promise of keeping players’ dreams alive is not just a slogan; it’s a reality. Whether it’s a former standout like Patrick or a player bouncing between teams like Hill, the XFL is proving to be a vital stepping stone for many.

From Mollette’s versatile offensive line play to Hill’s interception skills, these new additions to the NFL family could have significant impacts in the 2023 season. As the league of opportunities keeps bridging the gap between dreams and reality, football fans can only expect more surprises, more talent, and a more thrilling game on the gridiron.

Stay tuned, folks – the XFL is not just an alternative; it’s a pipeline to greatness.

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Mark Perry, a devoted sports journalist and founder of XFL News Hub, has been a key figure in XFL coverage since its 2018 revival. Launching XFL News Hub soon after the league's return announcement, Mark has established the platform as a primary source for comprehensive XFL updates. Renowned for his in-depth knowledge and commitment to sports journalism, Mark actively engages the XFL community, welcoming interactions at

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