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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Three former New England Patriots players entering upcoming XFL Draft

Three former New England Patriots players entering upcoming XFL Draft

The XFL will hold its inaugural draft next week as the league looks to fill the rosters of its eight teams. Some of the names on those rosters will ring a bell to NFL fans and more specifically, New England Patriots fans.

Three former Patriots players are included in the XFL draft, which will take place on Oct. 15 and 16. Those players are running back Jonas Gray, wide receiver Devin Lucien, and cornerback Sterling Moore.

Gray, 29, is most remembered for his historic 201-yard, four-touchdown performance vs. the Indianapolis Colts back in 2014. He never was given a chance to repeat that effort, however, as he overslept and was late for practice five days later and released by the team the following September.

Lucien was picked by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft and had multiple stints on the team's practice squad until August 2018, when he was released. The 26-year-old most recently played in the AAF.

Moore played in the NFL for seven seasons, including 2011 and part of 2012 with the Patriots. The 29-year-old racked up six interceptions and six forced fumbles in his career.

Other notable names in the inaugural XFL draft pool are running back Trent Richardson, quarterbacks Zach Mettenberger and Connor Cook, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, kicker Roberto Aguayo, and defensive tackle Will Sutton.

The XFL will continue adding players to its list until Oct. 11. For the full draft pool, go here.

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Report: XFL not interested in Antonio Brown after Patriots release

Report: XFL not interested in Antonio Brown after Patriots release

Antonio Brown tweeted that he's done playing in the NFL in a Sunday morning tweetstorm. So what about another football league that could use some star power?

If so, it won't be the XFL. According to Pro Football Talk, the second coming of Vince McMahon's football league isn't interested in Brown's services after the troubled wideout was released from the Patriots on Friday.

After one failed season in 2001, the XFL is set to re-launch in the spring of 2020 with eight franchises playing a 10-week season following Super Bowl LIV.

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