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Arlington Renegades Add Size at Receiver in Week 1 of UFL Free Agency

The Arlington Renegades signed two wide receivers in the opening week of the UFL free agency.

Arlington was one of six UFL teams to make moves in the first week of free agency, bringing in Austin Allen and Isaiah Winstead at wide receiver. Overall, 42 free agents have signed with teams during the period so far.

Allen is more known as a tight end after playing the past two years in the NFL with the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. He played at Nebraska from 2018 to 2021.

His best season came when he caught 38 passes for 602 yards and two touchdowns his senior year. Allen received multiple honors, including Big Ten Tight End of the Year, First-Team All-Big Ten, Mackey Award Watch List and Nebraska Offensive MVP.

Jul 27, 2023; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Isaiah Winstead (2) runs with the football after making a catch during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports

New Renegade Isaiah Winstead spent most of last year with the San Francisco 49ers.

Winstead had a unique journey to the NFL, thanks to a short video on social media. After going unselected in the 2023 NFL Draft, he posted a video of his highlights on Twitter that grabbed the attention of the San Francisco 49ers, leading to him spending most of the season on the practice squad.

His college career was divided between Norfolk State, Toledo and East Carolina. Winstead exploded onto the scene at East Carolina in 2022, catching 88 passes for 1,085 yards and six touchdowns. He was named as an honorable mention for the All-AAC team.

The moves by Arlington show once again that coach Bob Stoops is focused heavily on the receiver position this offseason.

Allen’s spot on the team is unique, as his six-foot eight-inch frame would fit more to tight end, but he is listed as a wide receiver. The team only has one tight end in Jared Scott, so Allen might be the man behind him as well.

Speed has been the name of the game with the receivers the Renegades are bringing in this offseason. While Winstead isn’t the fastest player, he’s quick with his feet and can break in and out of routes in a hurry. He’s tall at six-foot four inches and can climb the ladder to make a catch.

The outlook of the roster appears to be in place, but more moves could be made before training camp begins February 23.

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