With the conclusion of minicamp, and training camp looming, the New York Guardians have selected the contracts of three defensive players. Defensive end Charles Wright, linebacker Connor Strachan, and cornerback Tre Mathis.
The roster has increased to 75 players, and considering the moves were made this morning (12/23), no players have, or are expected to be released. The Guardians Twitter account announced the moves this morning, as seen below:
The New York Guardians have new additions to the roster:
— New York Guardians (@XFLGuardians) December 23, 2019
DE Charles Wright is assumed to be former Vanderbilt University linebacker, but it is not yet known, as the Charles Wright signed by the Guardians has been listed at defensive end. Once verifiable this post will be updated.
A standout at Boston College, linebacker Connor Strachan has joined the team in an effort to jump-start his newly formed NFL career. As an undrafted free agent, the Jacksonville Jaguars took a shot on Strachan. And through camps, he held his own. So much so that Strachan made it until the team’s final cuts, assuming he impressed coaches, but it was not enough. Strachan was cut and has since been signed by the New York Guardians.
Hailing from Toledo University, cornerback Trevon Mathis has been signed by the New York Guardians. Undrafted in 2018, the Minnesota Vikings had gone on to sign him. There he played in all four preseason games. With no starts and limited repetitions, Mathis was later cut. He spent his 2019 summer with the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing in all four preseason games, and with no starts and limited reps, he was cut and signed by the Guardians.
Not a single player listed is a star, or will ever be one. But that is more than fine. Signings like these are great for all parties, players, and teams. For the player, it is another opportunity to get back to the NFL, which is assumed to be their ultimate goal in the XFL. And for the teams, it is great for filling holes, for either starters or positional depth. Currently, the XFL is running smoother than anyone could ever expect, mainly because of transactions like these.
Gavin Hayes is a sports writer and photographer. His past work includes working for Amazin’ Prospects covering the New York Mets minor league system, and formally covered the New York Jets and AFC East for Fan Source Network and Prime Time Sports Talk. He now joins the XFL Board staff with intentions to cover the New York Guardians and general XFL news. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org , or Twitter/Instagram direct message. Business inquires only, please.