The Houston Roughnecks, who finished the cancelled 2020 XFL season with an undefeated 5-0 record, are looking to rely on some former Packers to reestablish their winning ways.
Notably, the Roughnecks will be led by Jack Heflin, who played for the Packers from 2021 to 2022, along the defensive line. Heflin made the team out of training camp in 2021 as an undrafted free agent, having spent his collegiate career between Northern Illinois and Iowa.
In 2021, Heflin played in four games, recording one total tackle. After signing a futures contract with the team in January 2022, Heflin was waived by the team in training camp, subsequently signing to the practice squad.
In December 2022, Heflin was released by the Packers and signed to the Giants practice squad a few days later. Heflin appeared in one game for the Giants in 2022.
Moreover, outside linebacker Chauncey Rivers also played for the Packers in 2021. Following his release from the Ravens in early August 2021, Rivers was claimed by the Packers and made the initial 53-man roster. He played in four games for the team, registering two total tackles before being placed on the injury reserve with a torn ACL he sustained during a practice on October 7, 2021.
Roughnecks cornerback Raleigh Texada also spent time with the Packers in the 2022 offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Baylor.