Former Texas football WR/QB Jerrod Heard was waived by the XFL’s Dallas Renegades this week after he was a roster scratch last weekend.
The 2020 XFL regular season got off to a bang over the course of the last three weeks. But the real challenge for the league will start in the midst of its return this winter/spring. But the popular seems to be sticking around even post-Week 3. And the Texas football program has a few prominent alumni that were involved in the action up to this point.
Other spring football leagues that offered an alternative form of entertainment during the NFL and college offseason failed in the past. Those other former leagues also included former players out of the Texas Longhorns football program within the last decade or so.
Where the Alliance of American Football found its demise last year was in finding sustainability after Week 2. The AFF wound up falling through completely and declaring bankruptcy after less than 10 weeks of action last year.
However, one less former Longhorn player will be trying to help keep the XFL afloat post-Week 3. Former Texas wide receiver/quarterback Jerrod Heard was reportedly waived (via a team press release on Twitter on Feb. 25) by the Dallas Renegades to make room for newer roster additions.
To replace Heard in the receiving corps, the Renegades added the former Appalachian State Mountaineer and Carolina Panther Armanti Edwards. The Renegades also made the move to add quarterback Brogan Roback since former Syracuse Orange signal caller Eric Dungey was placed on the reserve squad as he’s dealing with a family matter.
The Renegades moved their record to 2-1 on the season before waiving Heard. He didn’t get much work on offense or special teams in his second week of action with the Renegades. And Heard was a healthy scratch in what would be his final week with the team. The writing was on the wall for his release earlier this week.
There is still a good possibility that Heard lands on another roster by the end of the XFL’s season. He has more than enough talent and versatility to make an impact in certain spots on offense and special teams.