The XFL begins this weekend, and there are players on the rosters of the eight teams whom the Houston Texans should keep an eye on when Week 1 takes place.
The NFL season wrapped up last Sunday when the Super Bowl champion was crowned, but now there is a different style of football starting. That is the XFL, which will air nationally on major networks such as ABC, FOX and ESPN, and the Houston Texans coaches and front office need to take notice.
One of the eight teams in the XFL is in the backyard of the Texans, and they are the Houston Roughnecks, who are said to be one of the better teams in the new league. There is also another team in Texas — the Dallas Renegades — who also have players who might be able to draw some interest from the league.
One player on the Roughnecks whom Texans fans might remember as being on the NFL roster for the franchise is Charles James II, but he’s listed third on the Roughnecks depth chart before the start of the regular season.
For those interested, listed in this week’s schedule for the Week 1 opening games:
Saturday, Feb. 8
• Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders (2 p.m., ABC)
• Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks (5 p.m., FOX)
Sunday, Feb. 9
• Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Enforcers (2 p.m., FOX)
• St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades (5 p.m., ESPN)
Though some might not give the new league a chance, the XFL does have players who could provide depth and production to an NFL roster as some players are former members of NFL rosters, or players who were on the verge of making a roster at one point in their career.
Next are three players whom the Texans should watch this weekend, as one league begins their new season, and another league continues to scout players who can make their rosters better.