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The XFL will officially kick off on Saturday when the Seattle Dragons take on the DC Defenders.

With all eight teams having submitted their final rosters for kickoff week, we know there are several former New York Giants scattered around the league.

Here’s a team-by-team look at those players who used to suit up for the G-Men.

Dallas Renegades

  • QB Eric Dungey (2019)
  • S Tenny Adewusi (2019)
  • RB Austin Walter (2019)

Walter played in one game for the Giants, getting a single snap and not touching the ball. Dungey and Adewusi did not make the team. Dungey, a quarterback at Syracuse and now with the Renegades, was trying to make the Giants roster as a tight end.

DC Defenders

  • RB Jhurell Pressley (2018)
  • C James O’Hagan (2019)
  • OT Malcolm Bunche (2018-2019)
  • DT Jay Bromley (2014-2017)
  • S Rahim Moore (2017)

Bromley was a third-round pick of the Giants in 2014. He played four seasons in New York and one with the New Orleans Saints. He was out of the NFL in 2019. Moore played four seasons with the Denver Broncos, but was cut by the Giants prior to the 2017 season. He has not played an NFL snap since 2015.

Houston Roughnecks

  • P Austin Rehkow (2018)
  • CB Charles James (2013)
  • RB Andre Williams (2014-2015)

Fans will be familiar with James, who bounced around the league and was a fan favorite on the television show Hard Knocks with the Texans in 2015. Williams was a fourth-round pick who gained 721 yards for the Giants as a rookie. He was let go after two seasons, then played two seasons for the Chargers. He has not played in the NFL since 2017.

LA Wildcats

  • DC/LB coach Pepper Johnson (1986-1992)
  • QB Josh Johnson (2016)
  • DE Devin Taylor (2017)
  • NT Montori Hughes (2015-2016)

Who didn’t Josh Johnson play for? But seriously, he played for 13 different NFL teams. He was active for only two games during the 2016 regular season due to injuries to backup quarterback Ryan Nassib.

Meanwhile, Giants fans will doubtless be familiar with Johnson, who played for the team from 1986-1992. Johnson was an assistant coach in the NFL from 2000-2016.

New York Guardians

  • GM/head coach Kevin Gilbride (2004-2013)
  • RB coach Jerald Ingram (2004-2013)
  • DC Jim Herrmann (2009-2015)
  • OT Jarron Jones (2017-2018)
  • OG Damien Mama (2017)
  • TE Jake Powell (2019)

Gilbride served as Giants offensive coordinator for 10 years under Tom Coughlin, helping to lead the Giants to two Super Bowls. Ingram and Hermann both worked on that staff during parts of Gilbride’s tenure.

St. Louis Battlehawks

  • Defensive backs coach Tim Lewis (2004-2006)
  • S Will Hill (2012-2013)
  • OT Matt McCants (2012-2013)
  • WR Alonzo Russell (2018-2019)

Hill, a talented but troubled player spent two seasons with the Giants and was suspended by the league three times before the Giants cut him in 2014. McCants is a former draft pick. Russell came close to earning a spot on the roster last year but was cut before opening week. This took some by surprise after he caught the game-winning, time-expiring touchdown pass to defeat the New England Patriots in the preaseason.

Seattle Dragons

  • DE Stansly Maponga (2015-2016)

Maponga spent a couple years playing for the Giants. He only appeared in two games and played just 15 special teams snaps. He did not record any statistics.

Tampa Bay Vipers

  • WR Stacy Coley (2018)
  • DT Nikita Whitlock (2014-2016)
  • TE Colin Thompson (2017)
  • DT Josh Banks (2018)

Coley lasted less than a month in a Giants uniform after being released by the Vikings. Whitlock is a name lots of fans will recognize after spending a few seasons as a versatile player. He played both fullback and defensive tackle. He is listed as a defensive tackle for the Vipers. Banks spent a few days on the practice squad in 2018.