As the Houston Gamblers continue to load up their secondary, they cut two of their corners and added two others to improve the back end of the defense.
White was a key piece to the secondary as he got plenty of playing time in the starting lineup throughout the first three games of the season. He finished with four tackles in the young season. White did leave last week’s loss to Tampa Bay with an injury. It’s unknown if the injury had anything to do with the roster move, but he did have some struggles in coverage throughout the season with receivers getting past him.
Green did not have as much of an impact on the Gamblers’ roster as he didn’t record any stats for the season. He served more for depth in case of injuries. Green was the last pick for the Gamblers in the supplemental draft before the season started.
Williams reunites with his former head coach at Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin which should make the transition easier. His college journey started him on offense first at running back before making the transition to defensive back. He finished his senior season in 2015 with 37 tackles, one tackle for loss, and seven pass deflections.
Williams would end up getting drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played in the desert from 2016 until 2019 before joining the New York Giants and Houston Texans in 2020. Williams recorded 39 tackles and five pass deflections in his NFL career so far.
Johnson played college ball at Concord (WV) where he recorded 191 tackles, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and 11 interceptions in his four-year career. He had some time at the Indianapolis Colts camp, but his breakout success came when he played in the XFL for the Houston Roughnecks. In five games, he recorded nine tackles, three pass deflections, and an interception with the undefeated team.
These are two strong moves by Sumlin and a message that the secondary needs some work and they are addressing it. Williams has NFL experience and good success as it, plus his relationship with Sumlin should have an immediate impact. Johnson proved to be a key piece to the Roughnecks defense which could bold well for Houston. The Gamblers will be expecting them to make as quick of an impact as Alijah Holder did for them last week recording an interception just two days after they announced his signing.
Sumlin’s crew will need all the help they can get as they take on the USFL’s leading passer Kyle Sloter and the New Orleans Breakers Sunday at 3:00 pm EST on NBC.