In a middle-of-the-night transaction announcement, the Houston Gamblers posted on Twitter the addition of three players.
The team announced Friday morning that they have signed quarterback Terry Wilson, defensive end Isaiah Chambers, and offensive lineman Braxton Webb.
Wilson was a dual-threat quarterback in college with the ability to make plays with his feet and proved it on the biggest level. He played three seasons at Kentucky before spending his senior season last year at New Mexico. In four seasons, Wilson threw for 4,494 yards with 27 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. He also ran for 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns. Not to mention that he also caught four passes for 36 yards as well.
Kenji Bahar has been the backup quarterback for Houston this season, but injuries have kept him from being as available as the Gamblers would have hoped. Wilson proves the team with much-needed depth and another weapon for the offense. While Clayton Thorson had his best game of the season in Sunday’s loss to the New Jersey Generals, the quarterback position has been inconsistent at best. Wilson might get a chance to get some playing time with Houston almost out of the playoff picture.
Isaiah Chambers started his college career at Houston but made a name for himself when he joined McNeese State in 2020. During his two seasons with the Cowboys, he led the team in sacks both seasons finishing with 7.5 sacks in 2020 and 10.5 sacks last season. Chambers has great pass rush abilities off the edge and proved to be a dominant force at the FBS level.
The defensive line for Houston has been one of the strengths of this team, especially with Chris Odom leading the USFL in sacks, forced fumbles, and blocked field goals. This move with adding Chambers only enhances what is already a top-notch defensive line. Houston might be looking into the future with the addition to make sure if Odom and others get a chance at the NFL, they are covered with pass rushers for 2023 and beyond.
Braxton Webb is another player that started on the Division One level at SMU before transferring to another school. That proved to be a good move for Webb as he showcased his strong run blocking skills at Angelo State. Last season, he was named All-LSC Second Team Offense as well as helped the Rams run for over 3,000 yards during the season.
Houston’s offensive line has been banged up in the past weeks and has been working on ensuring that they have enough depth on the line. This unit has proven to be one of the top lines in the league as they have allowed the least amount of sacks in the USFL as well as have been blocking for the second-leading rusher in the league in Mark Thompson. With the struggles of running the football in two of the last three weeks though, Webb’s addition could mean the team is more focused on making sure their running game is solid in the last four games of the season.