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Haskin called up from Team 9

SEATTLE ­– Offensive tackle Brandon Haskin walked by with a wide smile across his face.

“I’m back,” he said on his way to join the Dragons’ offensive linemen for Wednesday’s practice.

After spending a few weeks training with Team 9, the XFL’s 40-player practice squad, in Arlington, Texas, Haskin was asked to rejoin the Dragons when guard Cyril Richardson was placed on injured reserve.

“It’s awesome, man,” Haskin said after practice Wednesday, with that smile still stretching ear-to-ear. “It feels so great to be back with the guys, back with the coaches, a great feeling.”

After being selected by the Dragons on Day 2 of the XFL draft, Haskin was with the team through minicamp before being cut toward the end of training camp.

“It was really tough, just knowing that I came out here, did what I had to do, put in work,” he said. “But, I know everything happens for a reason, so only time will tell.”

Haskin wasn’t ready to head home and wait for the next call, so he stayed in Texas with Team 9.

“I was actually on Team 9 just practicing, working out, running, staying in shape,” he said. “It was a great experience, coming from here.”

He appreciated the opportunity to keep training, so he would ready if called upon.

“Usually you just go home and you’re doing nothing, but on Team 9, you can actually workout, practice against other people and stay in shape for when your number is called,” he said.

When he arrived back in Seattle, he said it was like being reunited with relatives.

“Everybody embraced me like I was family,” he said. “That’s what I love about this team. Everybody just collectively, as a group, welcomed me back, so it’s really a blessing.”

And, now that he’s back on the active roster, he plans to make the most of his opportunity.

“Now that I’m here, do the work, do the extra work, let these coaches know they brought me back for a reason,” he said.

And then, while most of the team went into the locker room to change, Haskin went over to the goal post to use the padded stanchion and work on his technique.