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John Sigler

24 former Saints players getting another shot in the XFL spring league

The XFL is returning for its 2023 season, with opening day rapidly approaching. And there will be a lot of former New Orleans Saints players crowding the sidelines in Saturday’s kickoff game between the Las Vegas Vipers and Arlington Renegades — it’ll be broadcast nationally on ABC, beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

Seven of the spring league’s eight teams have at least one former Saints player on their roster. Some of these players were only in New Orleans for a few weeks, just long enough to learn the playbook and pour a cup of coffee. Others were draft picks, free agent signings, and fan-favorites.

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But at some point they all walked onto the practice field on Airline Drive in a helmet with a fleur-de-lis on it, and we’re rooting for them as they chase their second shot at playing pro football. Here’s the full list:

TE Alex Ellis, Arlington Renegades (2017-2018)

Jul 27, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Alex Ellis (48) waits to get on the field during drills at the Jacksonville Jaguars training camp on the NFL Football Practice Fields at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

OL Brian Folkerts, Arlington Renegades (2012)

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OL Maea Teuhema, Arlington Renegades (2018)

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DL Tomasi Laulile, Arlington Renegades (2019)

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CB Jordan Miller, Arlington Renegades (2021)

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OL Sage Doxtater, Houston Roughnecks (2022)

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QB Brett Hundley, Vegas Vipers (2022)

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TE Brandon Dillon, Vegas Vipers (2022)

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OL Isaiah Williams, Vegas Vipers (2018)

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TE Alize Mack, San Antonio Brahmas (2019)

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TE Deon Yelder, San Antonio Brahmas (2018)

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OL Derrick Kelly, San Antonio Brahmas (2019-2022)

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LB Joel Dublanko, San Antonio Brahmas (2022)

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DB Jack Koerner, San Antonio Brahmas (2022)

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K John Parker Romo, San Antonio Brahmas (2022)

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DL Niko Lalos, Seattle Dragons (2022)

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

CB Linden Stephens, Seattle Dragons (2018)

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DB Bryce Thompson, Seattle Dragons (2021-2022)

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LB Travis Feeney, St. Louis Battlehawks (2016-2017)

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RB Ryquell Armstead, D.C. Defenders (2021)

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RB Abram Smith, D.C. Defenders (2022)

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TE Ethan Wolf, D.C. Defenders (2020-2021)

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P Daniel Whelan, D.C. Defenders (2022)

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

TE Kahale Warring, D.C. Defenders reserve (2022)

AP Photo/Mike Roemer
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