SELECTS EIGHT IN SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT
Outlaws Add Depth on O-Line, at RB, TE and WR; Six Waived to Meet
Training Camp Limit
Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Outlaws
VEGAS (Friday, December 29, 2000) - The Las Vegas Outlaws today
added eight players in the XFL Supplemental Draft, as VP/General
Manager Bob Ackles and Head Coach Jim Criner put the final touches
on the 70-man roster that will arrive in Las Vegas on January
1 for the team's Inaugural Training Camp.
very excited about being able to get four of the top five guys
we had on today's board," said Criner. "We addressed
some needs and improved already strong positions on our team,
especially on the offensive side of the ball. We were able to
add immediate challengers to starting positions on the offensive
line, at quarterback, wide receiver and tight end, and at defensive
end and kicker."
the fourth overall pick, Criner and the Outlaws selected offensive
tackle Jon Blackman, a former Philadelphia Eagle and Detroit
Lion who attended college at Purdue. Blackman is joined by four
other offensive players: QB Mike Cawley, formerly of the Buffalo
Bills; WR Brett Bech, who spent four seasons with the New Orleans
Saints; former Colorado State standout TE Eli Workman; RB Pepe
Pearson, who starred at Ohio State before training with the
San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
the defensive side of the ball, Las Vegas selected two players:
DE Carl Simpson, a 7-year NFL veteran who spent six seasons
with the Chicago Bears before moving on to the Arizona Cardinals;
and former Vanderbilt DE John DeWitt. The final Outlaws selection
was K Omar Cardenas, a Mexican national who is expected to compete
for the Outlaws' punter/kicker roster spot.
we're ready to kick things off next week," said Ackles,
on the eve of his 48th professional training camp. "We
have 70 quality players competing for 38 roster spots and everyone
is looking forward to the intensity, contact and excitement
of major-league professional football in Las Vegas."
69 players on the roster entering today's draft, the Outlaws
were forced to waive six players in order to reach the 70-man
roster limit for Training Camp (wide receiver Jake Hoffart broke
his collarbone after being blindsided by a snowmobile in Lake
Tahoe). Following is a list of recent transactions for the Las
Vegas Outlaws of the XFL:
Dec. 29, 2000: Added OT Jon Blackman, QB Mike Cawley, WR Brett
Bech, TE Eli Workman, RB Pepe Pearson, DE Carl Simpson, DE John
DeWitt and K Omar Cardenas; Waived QB Ty Grovesteen, TE Giles
Cole, C Josh Heskew, OT Harvey Goins, RB Clinton Childs and
DE Blaine Berger; Placed WR Jake Hoffart on the Reserve - Non-Football
NOTE: Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner recalled OT Harvey Goins
from waivers today due to a late-arising injury situation regarding
OG Jeremy Mankins ... Therefore, Mankins is NOT joining Las
Vegas in camp while Goins, previously announced as waived, WILL
join the team in camp ...
Dec. 20, 2000: Added DE Vince Amey;
Dec. 18, 2000: Added LB Kurt Gouveia, RB Vershan Jackson;
Waived QB Chris Kasteler, LB Tom Matijacic, K Mike Scott and
DE Andre Wray;
Dec. 14, 2000: Added OL Lonnie Palelei;
Dec. 13, 2000: Added WR Cedric Tillman, RB Clinton Childs;
Waived WR Tariq McDonald, RB Orlando Smith;
Dec. 12, 2000: Added LB Mike Crawford;
Placed WR Randall Lane on injured reserve
COMMENTS ON EACH OF TODAY'S DRAFTEES ---
Jon Blackman: "By adding Jon Blackman to our offensive
line, we addressed our #1 need
He is an outstanding,
experienced tackle with an excellent chance to compete for a
starting position on our team
He and OT Lonnie Palelei
played together at Philadelphia and know what it takes to succeed."
Mike Cawley: "Mike brings us another experienced, mobile
athlete at the QB position
He can compete at a high level
and will push the others
In a sense, he gives us three
starters and one young player at our QB position."
Brett Bech: "Brett is coming off four solid years at New
Orleans, so he brings us tremendous experience and can play
the role of big, possession and outside receiver
challenge immediately to start on this team and strengthens
an already strong receiving corp."
Carl Simpson: "This former Arizona Cardinal and six-year
player for the Chicago Bears is a physical DT who can push the
pocket and pressure the QB while bringing lateral containment
on the run."
Eli Workman: "Eli is tough, tough, tough
in Arizona's camp and brings the smashmouth approach to both
the TE and H-back positions."
Pepe Pearson: "Many remember Pepe from his Ohio State days
and don't realize he's had 3 good years as a professional, two
on Pittsburgh's practice squad and one in NFL Europe
He brings the cutback ability and field vision we need to our
running back position
He can also block very well and
catch the ball out of the backfield."
John DeWitt: "John played for me for two seasons with the
Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe
He is a very smart,
pass-rushing end who is also strong on special teams."
Omar Cardenas: "Omar is a great story
He sent us
film of his workouts in Mexico with a semi-pro team, and our
Player Personnel Director Don Gregory had also seen him in the
He is a Mexican national with great athletic ability
who can consistently hit 50-yard field goals and also has a
strong leg as a two-step punter."
On January 1, 2001, the four XFL Western Conference teams come
to Las Vegas for January's Training Camp. The Outlaws will be
joined at the Sam Boyd Stadium practice fields by the Los Angeles
Xtreme, while the Memphis Maniax will train at Foothill High
School in Henderson and the San Francisco Demons will train
at Cimarron Memorial High School in northwest Las Vegas, near
Wednesday, January 3, 2001, the world will
enjoy its first opportunity to see the 70
Outlaws players practicing in pads as Las
Vegas prepares to kick off its inaugural
season exactly one month later. January's
practice schedule features twice-daily sessions
at Sam Boyd, which are open to the public.
Rosters will be cut to 63 players on Sunday,
January 14, and 55 players on Sunday, January
21. One week later, on Sunday, January 28,
the final 45 Las Vegas Outlaws will be selected,
with 38 on the active roster and an additional
seven players placed on the practice squad.