USFL Week 5 Inactives and Practice Squad Roster Moves

USFL Week 5 Inactives and Practice Squad Roster Moves
USFL Week 5 Inactives and Practice Squad Roster Moves

The USFL has made it to Week 5.  The halfway point of the season continues to bring us excellent catches, close games, and hard hits.  And the more hard hits we get, the more the injuries can pile up.  And in a smaller league with smaller rosters, injuries mean roster moves, releases, and additions for replacement.  Continue to check back for updates as Matt Morse and myself continue to break down the USFL Week 5 Inactives report and the latest USFL roster moves.


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Michigan Panthers Vs. Tampa Bay Bandits

Friday, May 13, 8:00 P.M. ET (USA)

Derrick Willies WR Paxton Lynch QB
Hasise DuBois WR Ishmael Hyman WR
Jalen Booth OL Marcus Baugh TE
Bruno Reagan C Syrus Tuitele OT
Anthony Butler LB Alexander Vainikolo LB
Stephen Griffin S Dominique Martin CB
Jalin Burrell CB
Anthony Butler LB Josh Love QB
Ishmael Hyman WR
Vantrel McMillan DE
RELEASED Cole Murphy K
Chase DeMoor DE
Jeff Badet WR
Michael Carrizosa K/P
Daishawn Dixon OG

While the Tampa Bay Bandits and Pittsburgh Maulers haven’t released an injured report yet, there was one big roster move made by the Michigan Panthers.  As he was released, Josh Love was claimed off waivers by the Michigan Panthers.  Love, who completed 40 passes out of 74 attempts for 440 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.  Love’s release is interesting as he looked to be doing well.  In fact, the Panthers’ current quarterbacks Shea Patterson and Paxton Lynch have combined for only 456 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.  It stands to reason that the Panthers may release either Patterson or Lynch, especially with Lynch nursing an ankle injury.  After learning the offense, Love could make an immediate impact.  This is one of the biggest USFL roster moves we’ve seen yet.  The Bandits signed linebacker Anthony Butler and released DE, Mekhi Brown in a corresponding move.

The Tampa Bay Bandits don’t have any surprising names on their inactives report.  The Pittsburgh Maulers made the most moves this week, releasing four players and signing four.  While we expected quarterback Paxton Lynch to still be injured, it was confirmed that he will remain on the USFL Week 5 inactives report.

New Jersey Generals vs. New Orleans Breakers

Saturday, May 14, 3:00 PM E.T. (FOX)

Nick Rose K Lee Morris WR
Peter Guerriero RB Larry Rose III RB
Mike Brown OL Nevelle Clarke CB
Braedon Bowman TE Jalen Allen OG
J’Mon Moore WR Shareef Miller DE
Tim Walton LB Dartez Jacobs S
Christian Tutt CB EJ Bibbs TE
Kalani Vakameilalo DT

As the week is early, the New Orleans Breakers haven’t released any roster moves or any USFL Week 5 Inactives.  However, the New Jersey Generals did have to make a move at kicker given an injury to Nick Rose.  Rose hasn’t been cut, but he was added to the inactives list.  Rose has a current total of 14.70 fantasy points.  In his place, the Generals have added former Alabama kicker Austin Jones.  Jones had three years in a row from 2015 to 2017 of over 80% on field goals and he’ll look to get his kicking career back on track with the Generals.

While there aren’t huge impacts on the New Orleans Breakers inactives report, Larry Rose is one name that sticks out.  While Rose hasn’t had huge production, he has split the workload with Jordan Ellis ever since T.J. Logan was injured and cut.  Look for Ellis to get even more work, even though he’s already averaging 63% of the backfield carries.  The New Jersey Generals are missing a couple of pieces, but nothing that should affect their offense or defense too much.  J’Mon Moore was expected to have a good target share coming into the season, however, he hasn’t been super effective up to this point.

Birmingham Stallions vs. Philadelphia Stars

Sunday, May 15th, 12:00 PM E.T. (NBC)

Bradley Sylve CB Aaron Adeoye DE
Channing Stribling CB Scooby Wright LB
Brennan Eagles WR Peyton Ramzy WR
Kahlil Lewis WR Montell Cozart QB
Bryan Scott QB Sage Surratt TE
Antwan Owens DT Matthew Snow OT
Clay LeGault OT Dondrea Tillman DE
Bo Scarbrough RB
SIGNED Tyree St. Louis OT
Antwan Owens DT
Luis Aguilar K/P
Carroll Phillips DE Jordan Chunn RB
Matt Mengel K Justice Powers OT

In the early part of Week 5, we have some roster shuffling. The Stars signed defensive tackle Antwan Owens and released defensive end, Carroll Phillips. The Stars seem to be looking to beef up their interior defensive line and feel good about their current crop of edge rushers. Owens played his college ball at Jackson State. The Stars are also looking to improve their kicking game as they released K Matt Mengel and signed K/P Luis Aguilar.

The Stallions have relied heavily on CJ Marable and Tony Brooks-James in their running game and appear to be planning on continuing that plan. The Stallions released Jordan Chunn leaving Marable and Brooks-James as the only backs on the roster. Birmingham release OT Justice Powers and signed OT Tyree St. Louis as his replacement. The Stallions have signed Bo Scarbrough to be their third running back. He has some NFL experience and could be a valuable backup. He is not currently fantasy relevant.

The USFL Week 5 Inactives for Stars vs. Stallions

QB Montell Cozart and TE Sage Surratt are inactive for the Stallions. This means J’Mar Smith and Alex McGough are healthy enough to be the two active QBs on the roster. This is also good news for Cary Angeline who is likely now the only active tight end and a top receiving target for the Stallions. This will be another week without Bryan Scott for the Stars. Look for Case Cookus to get the start and lead the offense. Wide receivers Brennan Eagles and Kahlil Lewis also find themselves on the Week 5 USFL Inactives report.

Pittsburgh Maulers vs. Houston Gamblers

Sunday, May 15th, 4:00 PM E.T. (FOX)

Jaylon McClain-Sapp CB Brandon Williams CB
Malcolm Howard OL Tyler Simmons WR
Kyahva Tezino OL Devwah Whaley RB
Justin Evans OL Jo Jo Ward WR
Jon Dietzen OL Jerry Contave CB
Eric Assoua DL DreQuan Brown OL
Jeffery Thomas WR Tyler Higby OL
Vlad Lee QB
Prince Robinson CB
Kenneth Walker WR
Josh Love QB

In what might be a surprising move to many, the Maulers waived former starting quarterback Josh Love and signed QB Vad Lee out of James Madison in a corresponding move. The Michigan Panthers proceeded to claim QB Josh Love. The Maulers also released CB Prince Robinson and WR Kenneth Walker III. The Maulers will be without wideout Jeff Thomas this Week. Bailey Gaither is active. Look for Gaither and Tre Walker to see the majority of targets. Brandon Williams will be inactive for the Gamblers in Week 5. The Gamblers will be without two of their top playmakers in Tyler Simmons and JoJo Ward. Look for a lot of targets to go Isaiah Zuber and Anthony Ratliff-Williams’ way.

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