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Tampa Bay Bandits Signings Round Up: Five Players Added So Far This Off-season.

The Bandits have been pretty stagnant this off-season only bringing in five players to the prospective 2023 roster. With loss of Derek Dillon, Quinton Meeks, Darrin Paulo, Rashard Davis, and BJ Emmons the Bandits have continued to rebuild the roster to hopefully make the playoffs in the upcoming season. Most recently on Kahzin Daniels on October 6th who was the first Bandits signing in about two weeks.

Daniels is an amazing story. The 26-year-old pass rusher is actually blind in one eye and managed to make his debut in the NFL in 2019 appearing in two games but recording no stas. Unfortunately, Daniels would be cut in 2020 and has had limited pro-football exposure since his time with the Bucs. Prior to the NFL Daniels left the University of Charleston as their All-Time Sack Leader.

Malik Lawal was a part of the 2nd group of signings for the Bandits. Lawal a 2020 UDFA from Tulane and ASU, is getting his first shot at pro football, by joining the USFL. Lawal appeared in 32 games in college recording 70 tackles and 4.5 sacks from 2015-2019.

WR DJ Myers, WR Ryan McDaniel, and OLB L.B. Mack were the initial round of signings that kicked off the 2022-23 offseason for the Bandits. Myers is brother of Bandits QB Guy Myers and an Arena League legend. Most recently with the Carolina Cobras, Myers won Iron Man of the Year for the National Arena League. Myers has also spent time with the Albany Empire, Philadelphia Soul while also earning a couple NFL workouts with the Rams and Falcons.

Ryan McDaniel joins the Bandits after recently getting cut by the Jaguars. An UDFA from N.C. Central and Tulsa. McDaniel began his career as a Safety at Tulsa before taking stride as a receiver at N.C. Central earning All-Conference honors. McDaniel will now join Todd Haley’s offense to serve as another weapon for Jordan Ta’amu.

Ryan McDaniel during his time with the Jaguars 2022

The final player highlighted is L.B. Mack the small school star from the University of Rhode Island. Mack was an all-conference linebacker and Top-5 in sacks and tackles while playing at UofRI from 2016-2021. After going undrafted in 2022, Mack joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before getting cut prior to the start of the CFL season. Mack now looks to become a key cog in the Bandits defense that clearly lacked star power throughout the season.

Currently there are 50 Bandits players signed for 2023. With about 5 months left till USFL training camp the Bandits have approx. 20 more players that will join the ranks of the USFL. Whether these platers will be NFL or XFL cast-offs, or UDFA of the 22 and 23 NFL draft, one thing is for sure. The Bandits are poised to challenge the Breakers and Stallions for a playoff appearance in the USFL’s 2023 season.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging out with his dogs in his off time.

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