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Breaking down the notable names on the Houston Roughnecks XFL roster

Get to know the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks roster.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones during a Canadian Football League game against the Edmonton Eskimos at Tim Hortons Field. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Renegades will be coached by June Jones and their offensive coordinator will be Chris Miller, who used to be Jones’ quarterback while with the Atlanta Falcons. Jones was the offensive coordinator and head coach with the Falcons from 1991-1996. He used the “run-and-shoot” offense with Atlanta and across his coaching tenures, pushing the passing up wherever he went.

The Roughnecks don’t have a designated starting quarterback yet, but invested heavily in Connor Cook with the No. 2 pick and went all in on wide receivers. They will throw the ball early and often, which might not be overly efficient, but should give their players good PPR numbers in fantasy.

There are plenty of interesting names on the Roughnecks, including a few NFL players you will recognize.

P.J. Walker, QB, (Indianapolis Colts)

The Roughnecks have two good quarterbacks with Connor Cook and Walker, who was the Roughneck’s “assigned” quarterback before the draft. But instead of committing to Walker, they drafted Cook with the second overall pick. At this moment, Walker is in the lead, Cook is close. Whoever does end up winning the job, should get plenty of usage as a passer.

Sammie Coates, QB, (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Coates was a Round 3 pick of the Steelers in 2015 and ended up playing four years with three teams. He caught 29 passes for 528 yards and two touchdowns in that period. Coates is a burner, as he recorded a 4.43 40 time and should get plenty of work in Jones’ offense.

Kahlil Lewis, WR, (Seattle Seahawks)

Lewis is far from a burner, but he’s skilled and was chosen ahead of Coates in the draft. He spent time with the Seahawks and Falcons as a UDFA, but was unable to make either team. He has made the Roughnecks and appears to be a starter in an offense that spreads the ball around to its receivers while also raining excessive target numbers.

De’Angelo Henderson, RB, (Denver Broncos)

Henderson was drafted by the Broncos in 2017 and has skipped around to four separate NFL teams trying to make their rosters. At Coastal Carolina he put up big numbers, scoring a touchdown in 35 straight games, setting a NCAA record. He also was a more than competent receiver and even has a receiving touchdown while with the Broncos. His main competition for touches is Andre Williams, who wasn’t an adept receiver. In Jones’ offense, Henderson should have plenty of value.

Houston Roughnecks Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
18 Cook, Connor QB 6-4 217 Michigan State
11 Walker, P.J. QB 5-11 214 Temple
28 Butler, James RB 5-10 205 Nevada/Iowa
29 Henderson, De'Angelo RB 5-8 207 Coastal Carolina
33 Holley, Nick RB 5-10 194 Kent State
44 Williams, Andre RB 6-0 220 Boston College
1 Lewis, Kahlil WR 5-10 190 Cincinnati
3 Mobley, Sam WR 5-10 175 Catawba
10 Coates, Sammie WR 6-1 210 Auburn
13 Bolden, Ray WR 5-9 165 Stony Brook
14 Phillips, Cam WR 6-0 201 Virginia Tech
15 Malone, Ryheem WR 5-9 187 Louisiana-Lafayette
17 Jackson, Blake WR 5-11 200 Mary Hardin-Baylor
7 Castillo, Sergio K 5-10 175 West Texas AM
5 Rehkow, Austin P 6-3 214 Idaho
56 Koroma, Tejan OL 6-1 300 Brigham Young
60 Weathersby, Toby OL 6-5 315 LSU
65 Rhaney, Demetrius OL 6-2 305 Tennessee State
66 Tucker, Marquez OL 6-3 300 Southern Utah
69 Faciane, Isame OL 6-3 300 Florida International
73 Tretola, Sebastian OL 6-3 325 Arkansas
74 Gennesy, Avery OL 6-5 315 Texas A&M
76 Bushell-Beatty, Juwann OL 6-5 333 Michigan
77 Palmer, Kelvin OL 6-4 290 Baylor
79 Poole, Terry OL 6-5 307 San Diego State
58 Taylor, Colton LS 5-11 241 Virginia Tech
40 Schwab, Ty LB 6-1 225 Boston College
42 Brown, Beniquez LB 6-0 229 Mississippi State
43 Bradford, Carl LB 6-1 250 Arizona State
47 Gates, DeMarquis LB 6-2 221 Mississippi
50 Burnett, Kaelin LB 6-4 234 Nevada
51 Robinson, Edmond LB 6-3 245 Newberry
53 Lewis, Drew LB 6-2 229 Colorado
54 Lewis, LaTroy LB 6-3 240 Tennessee
59 McMillian, Vantrell DL 6-3 255 Chattanooga
91 Lyons, Caushaud DL 6-5 284 Tusculum
96 Palmore, Walter DL 6-4 320 Missouri
97 Wright, Gabe DL 6-3 285 Auburn
98 James, Nick DL 6-4 314 Mississippi State
90 Maxey, Johnny DE 6-4 293 Mars Hill
93 Crawford, Corey DE 6-5 283 Clemson
94 Ealy, Kony DE 6-4 273 Missouri
21 James, Charles CB 5-9 185 Charleston Southern
26 Smith, Saivion CB 6-1 190 Alabama
27 Harris, Ajene CB 5-10 190 USC
30 Olatoye, Deji CB 6-1 205 North Carolina A&T
32 Nichols, Deatrick CB 5-9 185 South Florida
41 Johnson, Jeremiah CB 6-1 185 Concord
20 Huff, Marqueston S 5-11 196 Wyoming
22 Ballard, Corrian S 6-3 195 Utah
23 Elston, Trae S 5-11 193 Mississippi
25 Brown, Cody S 6-0 208 Arkansas State