Ahead of their Week 2 matchup vs the Houston Gamblers, the Stallions made a series of roster moves to buff up their depth chart. With 46-man rosters in the USFL, coaches have to make every move on the back end count.
Roster updates:— Birmingham Stallions (@USFLStallions) April 22, 2022
Free Agent Signings:
• QB Montell Cozart, Boise State
• WR Manasseh Bailey
Transferred to active roster:
• WR Peyton Ramzy
• CB Lorenzo Burns
• OT O’Shea Dugas
The addition of Montell Cozart is an interesting move, and though he wasn’t a full-time starter at Kansas or Boise State, he improved thoughout his college career and flashed quality talent. His senior campaign in blue & orange, he played in relief of current Denver Bronco Brett Rypien, and passed for 754 Yards, 10 TD’s and just 1 pick, with another 361 Yards and 4 TD’s on the ground. That was back in 2017, and Cozart spent 2018-2020 with the Calgary Stampeders, where he won a Grey Cup as one of Bo Levi Mitchell’s reserves.
After a couple of years out of football, Cozart was working at a car dealership when he got the call from Birmingham. Boise State has a well-documented history of producing good football minds under center like Kellen Moore and Rypien, and Cozart is well-regarded by the Boise media. I think he’s a good option to be J’Mar Smith’s QB2 as Alex McGough nurses his ankle on the inactive roster.
The release of Manasseh Bailey comes as a surprise to me, and I liked his size/speed combo out of the draft. However, this correlates with their promotion of Peyton Ramzy out of Tuskeegee.
Transferred to inactive roster:— Birmingham Stallions (@USFLStallions) April 22, 2022
• QB Alex McGough
• CB Josh Shaw
• OT Matthew Snow
Players remaining on inactive roster:
• TE Sage Surratt
• RB Jordan Chunn
• OLB Brody Buck
• DT Seth Thomas
The promotions of DB Lorenzo Burns and OL O’Shea Duggs to the active roster also correlates with the injury status of Josh Shaw and Matthew Snow. I expect a lot of movement from inactive > active each week as teams try to field their healthiest players on the 46.
Nothing world-changing on the waiver wire this week, but Birmingham did well to shuffle things up and reinforce the back ends of the depth chart.