AFL FanZone Week 18 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

We only have one more regular season week in the Arena Football League for 2016. Two teams, the Arizona Rattlers and Cleveland Gladiators have completed their regular season slate and get a bye week before the playoffs start next week. I have decided to rank 10 QB’s due to the KISS and Storm going back and forth between two quarterbacks due to injuries. All four QB’s of the respective teams have thrown for over 100 passes and started at least four games. As you will see there is a fight for that #1 spot with Nick Davila and Dan Raudabaugh battling it out each week. 2016’s best QB will come down to how well Raudabaugh can play against a stout Orlando Predators defense in Week 18. This week’s biggest winner is Bernard Morris jumping three spots due to the play of the quarterbacks around him, including Arvell Nelson’s worst game of the season culminating in him dropping four spots to number seven.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 18 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.44 (LW #2)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.75 (LW #1)
3. Bernard Morris Orlando Predators 3.82 (LW #6)
4. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 4.51 (LW #5)
5. Shane Austin Portland Steel 5.04 (LW #7)
6. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 5.09 (LW #4)
7. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 5.68 (LW #3)
8. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 6.04 (LW N/R)
9. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 6.90 (LW #8)
10. Adam Kennedy Tampa Bay Storm 7.24 (LW N/R)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 10.0 is dead last.

Week 17 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 27, 2016 at 08:00 AM

With one more week to go in the regular season there is still the overall #1 seed up for grabs as well as the American Conference championship. I can’t overstate the importance of the Philadelphia Soul at Orlando Predators game this Saturday on ESPN3. If Philadelphia wins it is a win for Philly AND Arizona as the Rattlers hold the tie-breaker over the Soul for the overall #1 seed. If the Predators win, they get the #1 over-all seed and host Tampa Bay instead of Jacksonville.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Rankings after Week 17.

1. Arizona Rattlers 13-3 (LW #1, Change –)

There is no better team in the league heading into the playoffs then the Arizona Rattlers. They were the season favorites for most experts and they showed by giving Cleveland a reenactment of Arena Bowl 27 (credit to Toph for that). Arizona will host the Portland Steel in the first round of the playoffs, but they better not take them for granted as the former Portland squad (the Thunder) sneaked into the playoffs last year and almost took down the Rattlers in their own building. Look for Coach Guy to spend the bye week making sure the Steel are out of the game by halftime this time.

2. Philadelphia Soul 12-3 (LW #2, Change –)

Philadelphia went into the bye week refocused after a close win in Tampa Bay in Week 16. I don’t know if it was the classic case of overlooking an opponent or that QB Adam Kennedy has really figured it out for the Storm. Either way, Saturday’s game is of the utmost importance as the Soul and Predators play for the number one seed in the American Conference. Raudabaugh is also in a dead heat with Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila for the AFL FanZone QB of the Year, so a strong showing against the Predators will go a long way in winning the inaugural award.

3. Orlando Predators 12-3 (LW #3, Change –)

Just like Philadelphia, Orlando will be fresh this week after being off in Week 17. They went into the bye week celebrating a 17 point loss to Arizona as it gave them the tie breaker over the Rattlers, but I can tell you right now that Coach Keefe was not happy with that performance. If Orlando comes out flat on Saturday night like they did against Arizona, look for Philadelphia to take quick advantage in the jungle. Regardless of the records, Orlando has the hardest road to the Arena Bowl, so they need to beat Philadelphia and get that overall #1 seed if they want a chance to lift the Foster Trophy in 2016.

4. Los Angeles KISS 7-8 (LW #4, Change –)

Here we go again with the KISS. After a strong performance against the Gladiators, Coach Smith’s defense came out flat against the Sharks giving up a whopping 72 yards on the ground. Nathan Stanley also went down with another injury, so we all play the waiting game this week to see who will suit up for the KISS in their meaningless regular season finale against the Steel. This week’s game means nothing as the KISS already know they will be hosting the Gladiators next week Saturday in San Diego, but a win in Portland would be a good momentum builder headed into their first playoff game in team history.

5. Cleveland Gladiators 7-8 (LW #4, Change –-)

I was very tempted to drop the Gladiators down a spot due to their performance in Arizona, but let’s be honest, Cleveland has been on the road since Week 11. Their last home game was June 3rd. So I give them a little slack as playing that many road games with what is basically their third string QB is bound to come back to haunt a team at some point. They were thrashed in every facet of the game Sunday night in Arizona. They gave up 9 points before their defense even stepped foot on the field. Luckily for Cleveland they have a bye in Week 18. That gives them two weeks to prepare for another long road trip to play the KISS on August 6th. I suspect that the Gladiators haven’t forgotten the chippy game in Week 16 in Los Angeles.

6. Jacksonville Sharks 6-9 (LW #7, Change +1)

So after losing in embarrassing fashion in Week 16, Jeff Bouchy (owner of the Sharks) decided to let go of the only head coach this franchise has ever seen. At least for one week, that looked to be a genius move. The Sharks were able to move the ball efficiently while giving the ball to Derrick Ross 14 times, which is a season best (previous high was 9, twice). New HC Bob Landsee (at least for a week) looks to know the right buttons to press to get the most out of this Sharks team. All of that hype will be killed though if they let Tampa Bay come into Sea Best field and earn a W. Jacksonville will travel to either Orlando or Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs, two cities that they have already won in this year.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 2-13 (LW #8, Change +1)

After Tampa Bay lost to Portland in Week 10 I said that the Steel earned the #7 spot because they were both equal teams and the head to head went to Portland. The same idea holds true now. These two teams are easily the bottom teams in the league in 2016 and both have two home wins, one against the other. The other tie breaker comes into the other team Tampa Bay beat, the Arizona Rattlers. With QB Adam Kennedy at the helm, this team seems to be playing more effective while not turning the ball over quite as much as it did with Boltus calling the plays.

8. Portland Steel 2-13 (LW #7, Change -1)

One week after essentially firing an opponent’s head coach, Portland heads to Tampa Bay in Week 17 and lays an egg. Sure, they only lost on a blocked field goal, but this game was almost out of reach by halftime. A sloppy second quarter is why the Steel lost to the Storm this past weekend. If Portland wants any chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets in league history next weekend in the playoffs, they will need QB Shane Austin to play mistake free and this defense put a little more pressure on Davila then they did on Adam Kennedy. Look for the Steel to use a vanilla game plan to try and not tip off any strategy as Arizona will be sitting at home watching this game live.

Highest Climb – Jacksonville, Tampa Bay  +1

Hardest Fall – Portland -1

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Week 18 AFL Practice Status Report – Tuesday

 

Philadelphia Soul at Orlando Predators

Philadelphia Soul

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Philadelphia at Orlando

7/30 – 7:30pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

WR Ryan McDaniel

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

LB Beau Bell

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DL Sean Daniels

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

OL Keith Newell

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orlando Predators

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Philadelphia at Orlando

7/30 – 7:30pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

WR Greg Carr

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DL Logan Harrell

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB Kent Richardson

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB Emanuel Cook

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB Paul Stephens

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

OL Chad Anderson

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DL Mote Lewis

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

DL Darryl Cato-Bishop

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tampa Bay Storm at Jacksonville Sharks

Tampa Bay Storm

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

7/30 – 7:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

WR TT Toliver

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

OL Isaiah Shelton

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

OL Ben Ossai

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR Prechae Rodriguez

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

OL RJ Bibbs

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

QB Jason Boltus

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksonville Sharks

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

7/30 – 7:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

K Lindsey Wolfe

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB Micheaux Robinson

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DL Khreem Smith

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR Joe Hills

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR Anthony Jones

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB Keon Lyn

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

LB Dexter Jackson

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

OL Moqut Ruffins

LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR Reggie Gray

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

OL Jason Holman

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles KISS at Portland Steel

Los Angeles KISS

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Los Angeles at Portland

8/1 – 10:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

 

Sun

 

Mon

(Game
Day)

Have Not Yet Practiced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland Steel

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Los Angeles at Portland

8/1 – 10:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

 

Sun

 

Mon

(Game
Day)

Have Not Yet Practiced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 17 Practice Status Report – Thursday

 

Portland Steel at Tampa Bay Storm

Portland Steel

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Portland at Tampa Bay

7/23 – 5:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

Thu

(NP)

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

DB Christian Wise

DNP

FP

 

 

 

 

WR James Shaw

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Mike McMillian

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DL Reggie Wilson

FP

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR Rashaad Carter

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DB Sergio Gilliam

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

OL John Collins

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

OL Deveric Gallington

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

LB Robert Hayes

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

WR Jared Perry

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DB Bryce Peila

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

WR Nick Truesdell

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

LB Dexter Davis

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DB Matt Pierce

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

OL Leonardo Bates

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

Tampa Bay Storm

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Portland at Tampa Bay

7/23 – 5:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

WR Prechae Rodriguez

DNP

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

QB Jason Boltus

DNP

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

DB Cameron McGlenn

DNP

LP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Ben Ossai

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Isaiah Shelton

LP

LP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL RJ Bibbs

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles KISS at Jacksonville Sharks

Los Angeles KISS

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Los Angeles at Jacksonville

7/23 – 7:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

OL Shannon Tevaga

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Clevan Thomas

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Qumain Black

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR LaQuan Williams

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Terrance Smith

DNP

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL JJ Unga

DNP

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Trey Wolfe

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Sam Tupua

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Justin Wilson

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Colin Madison

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Gustave Benthin

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Donovan Morgan

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

WR DJ Stephens

FP

FP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Sherman Carter

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

DL Kalafitoni Pole

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksonville Sharks

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Los Angeles at Jacksonville

7/23 – 7:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

K Lindsey Wolfe

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR Reggie Gray

DNP

IAR

 

 

 

 

FB Derrick Ross

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Greg Reid

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Moqut Ruffins

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB David Hyland

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR London Crawford

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Keon Lyn

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Jason Holman

LP

IAR

 

 

 

 

WR Joe Hills

FP

 

 

 

 

WR Roger Jackson

IAR

LP

 

 

 

 

DB LaRoche Jackson

IAR

 

 

 

 

Cleveland Gladiators at Arizona
Rattlers

Cleveland Gladiators

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Cleveland at Arizona

7/24 – 9:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

 

Sun

(Game
Day)

Mon

 

WR Thyron Lewis

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Nick Seither

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Aslam Sterling

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Marvin Ross

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DL Brian Brikowski

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Demarcus Robinson

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Brandon Stephens

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Quentin Sims

LP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Joe Powell

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Jesse Somsel

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Abe Koroma

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Joe Phinisee

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Larry Beavers

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL DJ Brandel

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

K Adrian Trevino

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DL Randy Colling

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

WR Devin Wilson

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

OL Joe Madsen

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

DB Kelvin Rodgers

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona Rattlers

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Cleveland at Arizona

7/24 – 9:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

(NP)

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

 

Sun

(Game
Day)

Mon

 

DL Damien Borel

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Tyre Glasper

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Hayworth Hicks

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Dimetrio Tyson

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Rod Windsor

LP

 

 

 

 

DB KJ Morton

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Chase Deadder

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Maurice Purify

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Michael Simons

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Arkeith Brown

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Cliff Dukes

LP

 

 

 

 

FB Mykel Benson

FP

 

 

 

 

OL Dionte Savage

FP

 

 

 

 

WR Anthony Amos

FP

 

 

 

 

OL Jordan Mudge

FP

 

 

 

 

DL Chris McAllister

FP

 

 

 

 

QB Nick Davila

FP

 

 

 

 

DL Keith Williams

IAR

 

 

 

 

WR Julius Gregory

IAR

 

 

 

 

 

Week 17 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Week 16 in the Arena Football League saw four competitive games which required all of the below quarterbacks to play at their best (outside of Tampa Bay losing Boltus in the 2nd quarter of course). With every seed still up for grabs, we saw the best out of multiple Quarterbacks this week. LA KISS QB Nathan Stanley finished with nine touchdowns and no turnovers, a performance that jumped his stock up a spot in this week’s rankings. Orlando QB Bernard Morris finally eclipsed the 100 attempts mark which qualifies him for our list. See below for the official Week 17 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 17 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.03 (LW #2)
2. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.53 (LW #1)
3. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.63 (LW #3)
4. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 3.71 (LW #5)
5. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.74 (LW #4)
6. Bernard Morris Orlando Predators 4.04 (LW N/R)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.49 (LW #6)
8. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 5.25 (LW #7)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 8.0 is dead last.

AFL FanZone Week 16 Power Rankings

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After Week 16’s close games and tough matchups, we have a little bit of a shake up in the AFL FanZone Power Rankings. I don’t want to spoil anything right off the bat, but let’s just say there is a team that is Steeling some Thunder in Week 17.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Rankings after Week 16.

  1. Arizona Rattlers 12-3 (LW #2, Change +1)

Yes Arizona Rattler fans, you can finally breathe easy as the AFL FanZone is finally back on board with the Rattlers as the best team in the Arena Football League. After weathering the storm in the middle of the season, Arizona has returned to form to not only beat their opponents, but force them to submit by the end of the game. Sure, Orlando was celebrating because they kept the point differential under 18 to hold on to the tie breaker for the #1 seed, but as we learned today the AFL has returned to a conference playoff format. So that tie breaker will only apply to the two teams if both teams make the Arena Bowl and they need to decide which city to host the game. In the end, Arizona took care of business against Orlando on Monday Night. They have one more regular season game, which is this week against Cleveland. They still need to win to try and clinch the overall #1 seed for the rights to host Arena Bowl 29.

  1. Philadelphia Soul 12-3 (LW #1, Change -1)

Philadelphia went down to Tampa Bay in Week 16 and didn’t exactly set the world on fire. After knocking Storm QB Jason Boltus out of the game, the Soul defense went on to let back-up QB Adam Kennedy look like a world beater. The Soul found themselves down in the second half for the second time in three weeks against a bottom dweller. They cannot have the same lapse in concentration and focus in Week 18 when they head down to Orlando for what is essentially a conference regular season championship game. The winner of that game will hold the American Conference #1 seed and face Tampa Bay round one.

  1. Orlando Predators 12-3 (LW #3, Change –)

I understand the overall significance of keeping the point differential under 18, but I can’t imagine Predators HC Rob Keefe is too happy to see his team celebrate a 17 point loss. Orlando kept this game close in the first half, but Arizona’s talent level and QB Nick Davila’s pin point accuracy was too much for the Predators to handle. This was concerning for a Predator team who had lost their prior two games by a combined 11 points. Although they still hold the overall tie over Arizona, this was still a loss that could end up hurting this team in the long run. Going into the bye week with a loss can result in two different outcomes; the team could get focused and come out the following week and dominate, or they could let the loss fester in the locker room for two weeks and have a letdown game. I think Coach Keefe will have this team ready to go Week 18 in what will clearly be the game of the season (so far).

  1. Los Angeles KISS 7-7 (LW #5, Change +1)

KISS QB Nathan Stanley had the performance of his Arena League career in Week 16 accounting for nine touchdowns and zero turnovers. If Los Angeles wants to make noise in their first playoff appearance of their history this year, they will need THAT Nathan Stanley to show up. Stanley had a lot of critic’s going into this game against Cleveland, including us here at AFL FanZone. The numbers backup QB Pete Thomas put up were simply better than Stanley’s. Luckily for the KISS though, Stanley took the challenge and put up an amazing game. Coach Smith’s leadership was also apparent with how the KISS were able to weather the adversity in the fourth quarter when Gladiators Kicker Adrian Trevino successfully kicked two straight onside kicks to get Cleveland back in the game. In the end, the KISS pulled out the victory and barring a miracle in Arizona, they will host Cleveland Week 1 of the playoffs. They will clinch with two different scenarios; Cleveland loses against Arizona in their final regular season game, or LA wins one of their final two games. This is because LA holds the tie breaker over Cleveland.

  1. Cleveland Gladiators 7-8 (LW #4, Change –1)

The Gladiators will look back on Week 16 thinking “what if”. The KISS gave them every chance to win the game in the fourth quarter, but an offside call on the kickoff was the difference and the Gladiators look to be on the outside looking into a home playoff game in 2016. If the current standings hold and Cleveland heads back to Los Angeles in three weeks, I can only imagine the most spirited effort of the season from Coach Thonn’s team. They still have a chance to get the home game, as slim as it may be. This team heads to Arizona this week in its season finale and if they can knock off the conference regular season champion, then they just have to root for Jacksonville and Portland to knock off LA in Week’s 17 and 18.

  1.  Portland Steel 2-12 (LW #7, Change +1)

I can only imagine the thought’s going through some people’s head on this pick. Yes, I believe Portland is the better team than Jacksonville right now. Not only because they just beat the Sharks, but because Portland has been trending up while Jacksonville seems to be in full spiral mode. Portland has played Philadelphia and Arizona tough while capping it off with a win against a desperate and very talented Jacksonville squad. Portland has already learned their postseason fate, they will travel to Arizona in the opening round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Would it be crazy if Portland rested starters in the final two weeks? In a year when a defending Arena Bowl head coach gets fired before the season is over, nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

  1. Jacksonville Sharks 5-9 (LW #6, Change –1)

The Jacksonville Sharks have not won a game since they traveled across state and thumped a bad Tampa Bay team in Week 10. That was way back on June 11th. That is why Head Coach Les Moss was relieved of his duties on Monday. With the talent this team possesses and the hype surrounding the roster in the pre-season, it’s absolutely unacceptable to only have five wins after 14 games. Losing by two to a one win team because your former league MVP QB threw a one yard pass on a two point conversion in the final seconds surely didn’t help his cause either. Regardless of how Week 16 ended, Jacksonville will still be in the playoffs and still have a chance to make some noise as they will play either Orlando or Philadelphia, two teams they have already beat on the road this season. They can turn their season around by beating the suddenly hot LA KISS this week in front of the home crowd, but if they lose again, owner Jeff Bouchy might start firing players before the playoffs.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 1-13 (LW #8, Change –)

The Tampa Bay Storm finally showed the fight that Head Coach Lawrence Samuels has been talking about for weeks against the Soul this week. After QB Jason Boltus was taken out of the game due to a upper body injury, the fate of the Storm seemed to be sealed. But fortunately for Tampa Bay, QB Adam Kennedy showed he has something to prove. He has been on the bench watching Boltus turn the ball over time and time again wondering why he wasn’t given another shot. Then came out in the second quarter to almost pull off a miracle against the former #1 ranked team in these very power rankings. Only time will tell if that was a one-time deal, or if Adam Kennedy has finally figured out the nuances of the Arena game and can be the QB the Storm have been looking for. This is Tampa’s last real chance at a victory as they host the Portland Steel this week at the Amalie Arena. It will be interesting to see if Coach Samuels will stay with the hot hand and let Kennedy start against the Steel. Then again, the injury to Boltus might play his hand either way.

Highest Climb – Arizona, Los Angeles, Portland  +1

Hardest Fall – Philadelphia, Cleveland, Jacksonville -1

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Week 16 Practice Status Report – Friday

 

Philadelphia Soul at Tampa Bay Storm

Philadelphia Soul

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

7/16 – 3:30pm – ESPN2

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

WR Darius Reynolds

DNP

 

 

 

DL Richard Clebert

DNP

 

 

 

FB Jeramie Richardson

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

DB Dwayne Hollis

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

LB Beau Bell

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

DL Sean Daniels

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

DB Torez Jones

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

Tampa Bay Storm

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

7/16 – 3:30pm – ESPN2

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

DB Cortez Stubbs

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

OL Isaiah Shelton

LP

DNP

 

 

 

OL RJ Bibbs

LP

LP

 

 

 

OL John Brown

FP

FP

 

 

 

Cleveland Gladiators at Los Angeles
KISS

Cleveland Gladiators

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Cleveland at Los Angeles

7/16 – 10:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

WR Quentin Sims

DNP

LP

 

 

 

OL Joe Madsen

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

OL Aslam Sterling

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

DL Nick Seither

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

DB Kelvin Rodgers

DNP

 

 

 

DB Melvin Ross

DNP

 

 

 

DB Demarcus Robinson

LP

LP

 

 

 

DB Brandon Stephens

LP

 

 

 

OL Jesse Somsel

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Abe Koroma

LP

LP

 

 

 

DB Joe Phinisee

LP

LP

 

 

 

WR Larry Beavers

LP

LP

 

 

 

OL DJ Brandel

LP

 

 

 

K Adrian Trevino

FP

FP

 

 

 

OL Randy Colling

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Devin Wilson

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Thyron Lewis

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

DL Curtis Young

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles KISS

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Cleveland at Los Angeles

7/16 – 10:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

(NP)

Thu

 

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

DB Terrance Smith

DNP

 

 

 

OL Sherman Carter

DNP

 

 

 

OL Joe Unga

DNP

 

 

 

DL Kalafitoni Pole

DNP

 

 

 

DB Trey Wolfe

DNP

 

 

 

OL Shannon Tevaga

LP

 

 

 

OL Sam Tupua

LP

 

 

 

WR Justin Wilson

LP

 

 

 

WR Reggie Dunn

LP

 

 

 

OL Colin Madison

LP

 

 

 

DL Gustave Benthin

LP

 

 

 

WR Donovan Morgan

FP

 

 

 

WR DJ Stephens

FP

 

 

 

DB Fred Obi

FP

 

 

 

DB Clevan Thomas

IAR

 

 

 

DL Dontay Moch

IAR

 

 

 

Jacksonville Sharks at Portland Steel

Jacksonville Sharks

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Jacksonville at Portland

7/16 – 10:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

(NP)

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

(NP)

K Lindsey Wolfe

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

WR Joe Hills

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

FB Derrick Ross

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

DB Greg Reid

LP

LP

 

 

 

OL Moqut Ruffins

LP

LP

 

 

 

DB David Hyland

LP

LP

 

 

 

WR Reggie Gray

LP

LP

 

 

 

WR Roger Jackson

LP

LP

 

 

 

DB Keon Lyn

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Laith Wallschleger

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

DB LaRoche Jackson

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

Portland Steel

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Jacksonville at Portland

7/16 – 10:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

DB Christian Wise

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

WR James Shaw

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

OL Leonardo Bates

DNP

DNP

IAR

 

 

 

Matt Pierce

LP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

DB Serio Gilliam

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Rashaad Carter

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

DL Reggie Wilson

FP

FP

DNP

 

 

 

OL John Collins

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

OL Deveric Gallington

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

LB Robert Hayes

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Jared Perry

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

DB Bryce Peila

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

DB Mike McMillan

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Nick Truesdell

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

LB Dexter Davis

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

Orlando Predators at Arizona Rattlers

Orlando Predators

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Orlando at Arizona

7/18 – 9:30pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

Sun

 

Mon

(Game
Day)

DB Kent Richardson

DNP

DNP

LP

 

 

 

DL Darryl Cato-Bishop

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

DB Arthur Hobbs

DNP

 

 

 

K Mark Lewis

DNP

 

 

 

OL Jordan McCray

LP

LP

FP

 

 

 

DB Emanuel Cook

LP

LP

 

 

 

FB John Martinez

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

WR Paul Browning

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Monte Lewis

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

OL Chad Anderson

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Zach Anderson

FP

 

 

 

OL Will Maxwell

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Larry Brackins

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

DL Logan Harrell

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

Arizona Rattlers

DNP-Did Not Participate      LP-Limited
Participation            FP-Full Participation

IR-Injured Reserve         
IAR-Inactive Reserve    NP-No Practice OLE – Other League Exempt

Orlando at Arizona

7/18 – 9:30pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

(NP)

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

 

Sun

 

Mon

(Game
Day)

DL Damien Borel

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Tyre Glasper

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Hayworth Hicks

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Demitrio Tyson

LP

LP

 

 

 

WR Rod Windsor

LP

LP

 

 

 

DB KJ Morton

LP

LP

 

 

 

WR Maurice Purify

LP

LP

 

 

 

OL Michael Simons

LP

LP

 

 

 

DB Arkeith Brown

LP

LP

 

 

 

DL Cliff Dukes

LP

LP

 

 

 

DB Keiron Jones

LP

LP

 

 

 

FB Mykel Benson

FP

FP

 

 

 

OL Dionte Savage

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Anthony Amos

FP

FP

 

 

 

WR Chase Deadder

FP

FP

 

 

 

OL Jordan Mudge

FP

FP

 

 

 

QB Nick Davila

FP

FP

 

 

 

DL Chris McAllister

FP

 

 

 

DL Keith Williams

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

WR Julius Gregory

IAR

IAR