As the first week of training camp rolls along, the Houston Gamblers make changes to their defensive line.
The team posted on their Twitter page Tuesday that they have signed defensive lineman Damion Daniels. Another Twitter page, USFL News, reported the team removed defensive lineman Dion Novil from the roster Tuesday.
Novil was a first-team All-Conference USA selection in 2021 at North Texas where he had 49 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception. He went undrafted in the NFL Draft signing with the Los Angeles Rams last year. Novil was waived by the team in May. The Gamblers signed him in the offseason to add some much-needed depth to the defensive line.
Daniels comes in to replace Novil after being a two-year starter at Nebraska racking up 33 tackles and two tackles for loss in 2021 in 11 games before injuring himself. He also went undrafted last year but played for the Houston Texans in preseason playing defense and special teams. Daniels was waived by the Texans in mid-August prior to the NFL season starting.
Going into camp, Daniels will be competing with Chigozie Nnoruka, Ikenna Onwausoanya, and Cory Thomas for the nose tackle position. The favorite to win the job is Thomas as he is the only one in the position to play for the team last year and played well with 23 tackles on the season.
This most likely won’t be the first move Houston makes during training camp as USFL teams need to be at 50 players before the season starts. With Houston Gamblers head coach Curtis Johnson joining the team late, he will be evaluating the roster and bringing in players he feels fits his culture and scheme better as most of the players come from former head coach Kevin Sumlin.