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AFL FanZone – Week 14 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 29, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Week 13 in the Arena Football League is in the books and as we look ahead to the league bye week, let’s take a look at how the active QB’s rank. Unfortunately Orlando was forced to put QB Randy Hippeard on Injured Reserve last week which removes one qualifying QB from the rankings. Remember, 100 attempts is the minimum to qualify for the AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings. New Predators QB Bernard Morris could easily hit that mark in the next game as he currently sits with 60 attempts on the season.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories we think are important to make a great quarterback. This takes into account the entire season while also look at the player’s last game. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 14 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.2 (LW #1)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.5 (LW #2)
3. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.2 (LW #3)
4. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.3 (LW #6)
5. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 4.2 (LW #7)
6. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 4.5 (LW #8)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.6 (LW #6)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 7.0 is dead last.

The top three quarterbacks remain unchanged this week with Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh leading the pack and Nick Davila in a close 2nd. I’m sure this is a surprise to most with how dominate Nick Davila has been for years, but Raudabaugh is following up his MVP season with another MVP quality season. The Soul QB leads/ties the league in four of the ten categories scored (Wins, Completion percentage, yards per attempt, and fumbles). If he could only curb the interceptions, he would be the clear leader headed into the bye. Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila leads/ties the league in three of the categories (Wins, touchdowns, and fumbles).

The big mover here is Cleveland Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson. His solid play continues to move him up the charts. In his past five games, Nelson has accounted for 36 touchdowns and only 2 turnovers. His play is the main reason Cleveland holds onto the final home playoff seed heading into the final 5 weeks of the season.

KISS QB Pete Thomas had a little bit of a falling back to Earth game against the Rattlers, but was still able to jump Steel QB Shane Austin due to Austin’s propensity to turn the ball over.

What do you think? How would you rank these QB’s going into Week 14? Let us know over on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AFLFanZone/

 

Week 13 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

What a week in the AFL, we had a last minute blunder by Jacksonville, a 21 point Arizona lead evaporated in the 3rd quarter, and a Portland lead over Philadelphia at the half on Monday night. The game in Orlando went pretty much how everyone thought it was going to go with the Storm out of the game by halftime.

With all that being said, the power rankings stay exactly the same, but I will justify each spot below. ENJOY!

1. Philadelphia Soul 10-3 (LW #1, Change –)

Even though they struggled in the first half in Portland, Philadelphia finished the game with a three touchdown lead and only because Portland returned a kick with only 40 seconds to go on the clock. The Soul are the team to beat in the AFL right now. Until I see something drastic, I will continue to leave them at #1. Taking a quick look at the rest of the schedule for Philadelphia, they have one neutral site game against Cleveland at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, then they finish the season with two away games in Florida, first at Tampa then at Orlando. That final game of the season will more than likely determine who gets the #1 seed and who gets the #3 seed.

2. Arizona Rattlers 10-3 (LW #2, Change –)

If Arizona would’ve gone into Los Angeles and blew the doors off of the KISS, I think we may have a 1a and 1b for the Power Rankings. And while the first half had all the makings of a blowout, they allowed LA to have life in the 3rd quarter. I thought it would be Arizona and Philly in the championship and after 13 weeks, nothing has changed my mind. It will all depend on which time zone this game will be played in. But back to Week 13, Arizona did a great job of weathering the storm in the 4th quarter. After the KISS brought it to 50-49, Arizona and QB Nick Davila settled down and took care of business. The interception he threw at the end didn’t hurt the team, so I don’t hold that against him. The KISS are an improved team with a lot of veterans in the backend, Arizona is just better. The Rattlers finish their season tucked away at home as they welcome the Sharks, Predators, and Gladiators to end the regular season. I expect Arizona to win all three games by double digits.

3. Orlando Predators 11-2 (LW #3, Change –)

I’m sure most would have Orlando ahead of Arizona due to their week 6 matchup, but that was a couple months ago and that was with a healthy Orlando team and a beat up Arizona team. Without Hippeard, this team isn’t 11-2; he was in the running for league MVP with the season he was putting up before the injury. This is still a team who clinched a home game in the playoffs, but Orlando is going to need a little magic if they are going to knock off one of the two giants above. To finish off the season they head out west to Portland and Arizona before coming home to face the Soul in what will be the biggest game of the season to (what I believe) determine the 1 or 3 seed.

4. Cleveland Gladiators 7-6 (LW #4, Change –)

Oh how close the Gladiators were from losing the game in Jacksonville on Saturday. To be honest, I was waiting for Jacksonville to screw it up in the end. That is just how their season has gone, they have outscored their opponents in quarters 1-3, but have been outscored by almost 75 points in the 4th/OT. That team cannot finish a game and when Cleveland found themselves down 13 points headed into the 4th quarter, I just had a feeling the game wasn’t over. If you watched our preview of this game, you know that I said Cleveland would do just enough to win while Jacksonville would do just enough to lose. That is exactly what happened when QB Tommy Grady fumbled away the game (and possibly the #4 seed) late in the game. At 7-6, Cleveland finds themselves in the driver’s seat for the final home playoff game. The only problem is, they find themselves on the road against the two best teams in Philadelphia (Week 15) and Arizona (Week 18). If they lost those two games, they will need to beat Los Angeles to get the 4 seed while LA needs to finish 2-2 or worse.

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

The beginning of Sunday’s game against the Rattlers started out as bad as prior matchups in the series. But after going down 14 points within the first couple minutes, LA battled back behind the hands of WR Donovan Morgan. His 7 catches for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns kept the KISS in the game heading into the fourth quarter. The same cannot be said for three players, the emergency fill-in kicker, QB Nathan Stanley, and WR DJ Stephens. The emergency kicker struggled with XP’s, QB Nathan Stanley gift wrapped a return when he tried to pitch the ball back to the kicker on a busted snap, and DJ Stephens couldn’t catch a cold. With WR Brandon Collins out, the KISS relied heavily on Stephens and he couldn’t deliver. Two of the touchdowns were his fault as one went through his hands and he wasn’t looking for the ball on the other. If this team is going to jump into the #4 spot, they are going to need Stephens to forget this game and move on. They will need him down the stretch starting with Tampa Bay on Monday night July 11th. The schedule sets up nicely for LA as they host TB and Cleveland in weeks 15 and 16, while head on the road to face an underwhelming Sharks team in Week 17 and finish with the Steel in Portland Week 18.

6. Jacksonville Sharks 5-7 (LW #6, Change –)

For the second time this year, Jacksonville allowed Cleveland to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This team is 1-5 at Sea Best Field and with the talent they have, that is absolutely baffling. Then we find out that HC Les Moss holds out WR Tiger Jones from this game. With a loss like that, I can’t imagine the locker room being too friendly of a place heading into the bye week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jacksonville needs to head into the bye week and do a little soul searching. Most had Jacksonville fighting for the conference championship this year, but at this rate they will be heading to face one of the three monsters at the top when the playoffs start in August. Jacksonville finds themselves on the West Coast for Weeks 15 and 16 as they face Arizona and Portland. Then finish the year off with LA and Tampa Bay at home. Gaining the 4 seed is still within reach, but they will need a lot of help from Cleveland as they hold the tie breaker and have one less game.

7. Portland Steel 1-11 (LW #7, Change –)

Right off the bat I need to say give kudos to Coach James for keeping this team fighting this far into the season. It seems the “other” 1-11 team has elected to save their energy for the playoffs, but Portland continues to fight. They actually held a 3 point lead heading into the half on Monday night against the league’s best team. No, there are no moral victories in football, but there is still something to say for a team who continues to push well after being beat down into the ground. Portland is still technically alive for the #6 seed, but it would take a miracle as they still face Orlando, Jacksonville, then At Tampa, while finishing at home against LA. They just need QB Shane Austin to cut down on his turnovers as he has now thrown a league worst 16 interceptions, which puts his Interception to attempt ratio at 5.6%.

8. Tampa Bay Storm 1-11 (LW #8, Change –)

This is what happens when all teams make the playoffs regardless of record. Instead of coming out and fighting for the last couple months of the season, Tampa Bay has elected to roll over and play dead until the post season. Jason Boltus has regressed tremendously since their big (and only) win against Arizona. I see no way this team finishes higher than 8th place as they haven’t scored more than 35 points in the past 4 games and they finish on the road against LA and Jacksonville while hosting Philly and Portland. I don’t see the Storm bringing back head coach Lawrence Samuels, but he is still putting out tape for his resume. They tried bringing in ex-NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy and that didn’t work. I don’t know where else there is to go for a team who is struggling to score on a 50 yard field.

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Week 13 Practice Status Report – Saturday

 

Tampa Bay Storm at Orlando Predators

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 Orlando

6/24 – 7:30pm – CBS SN

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

(NP)

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

 

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

DL Everett Dawkins

DNP

DNP

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Cameron McGlenn

DNP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL Isaiah Shelton

DNP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

WR Philip Barnett

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL RJ Bibbs

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

 

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

Tampa Bay at Orlando

6/24 – 7:30pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

Wed

Thu

(NP)

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

 

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

WR Brelan Chancellor

DNP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

WR Kendal Thompkins

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

QB Randy Hippeard

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Terrance Taylor

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Emanuel Cook

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL Chad Anderson

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Kent Richardson

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

FB John Martinez

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Monte Lewis

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

WR Larry Brackins

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

Cleveland Gladiators at Jacksonville
Sharks

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 Jacksonville

6/25 – 7:00pm – ESPN2

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

(NP)

Thu

 

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

DB Jamie Bender

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

DL Abe Koroma

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

OL Aslam Sterling

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

DB Demarcus Robinson

LP

Game
Day

 

 

WR Devin Wilson

LP

Game
Day

 

 

WR Quentin Sims

LP

Game
Day

 

 

OL Jesse Somsel

LP

Game
Day

 

 

DB Joe Phinisee

LP

Game
Day

 

 

WR Larry Beavers

LP

Game
Day

 

 

OL DJ Brandel

LP

Game
Day

 

 

K Adrian Trevino

FP

Game
Day

 

 

DL Randy Colling

FP

Game
Day

 

 

WR Thyron Lewis

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

DL Curtis Young

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

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

Cleveland at Jacksonville

6/25 – 7:00pm – ESPN2

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

K Lindsey Wolfe

FP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

OL Cornelius Lewis

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

OL Moqut Ruffins

LP

Game
Day

 

 

DL Khreem Smith

DNP

FP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

OL Ray McNeil

FP

Game
Day

 

 

DB Micheaux Robinson

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

WR Joe Hills

DNP

DNP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

WR Reggie Gray

DNP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

DB LaRoche Jackson

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

DL Jordan Miller

FP

FP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

DL Geneath Moffett

LP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

LB Alvin Ray Jackson

DNP

DNP

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

WR Mardy Gilyard

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

DL Laith Wallschleger

IAR

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

Arizona Rattlers at Los Angeles KISS

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

Arizona at Los Angeles

6/26 – 6:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(Game
Day)

Mon

(NP)

DL Cliff Dukes

DNP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

DB KJ Morton

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

WR Maurice Purify

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

OL Michael Simons

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

DB Keiron Jones

LP

Game
Day

 

DB Arkeith Brown

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

DL Damien Borel

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

DL Hayworth Hicks

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

DL Demitrio Tyson

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

WR Rod Windsor

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

WR Chase Deadder

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

OL Jordan Mudge

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

DL Chris McAllister

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

QB Nick Davilia

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

FB Mykel Benson

FP

FP

FP

Game Day

 

DL Tyre Glasper

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

OL Dionte Savage

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

WR Anthony Amos

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

DL Keith Williams

IAR

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

DL Leon Mackey

IAR

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

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

Arizona at Los Angeles

6/26 – 6:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

(NP)

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(Game
Day)

Mon

 

WR Donovan Morgan

DNP

DNP

LP

Game
Day

 

OL Shannon Tevaga

DNP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

DB Clevan Thomas

DNP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

WR Brandon Collins

DNP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

WR Reggie Dunn

DNP

Game
Day

 

OL Sam Tupua

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

WR DJ Stephens

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

DB Fred Obi

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

WR Justin Wilson

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

OL Colin Madison

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

DB Terrance Smith

LP

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

WR Mike Willie

IAR

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

DB Winston Wright

IAR

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

Philadelphia Soul at Portland Steel

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 Portland

6/27 – 10:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

(NP)

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

Sun

 

Mon

(Game
Day)

WR Darius Reynolds

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

Game
Day

WR Ryan McDaniels

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

Game
Day

OL Keith Newell

DNP

DNP

 

Game
Day

LB Beau Bell

DNP

DNP

 

Game
Day

LB Wes Mauia

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

Game
Day

DB Torez Jones

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

Game
Day

 

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

Philadelphia at Portland

6/27 – 10:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

(NP)

Thu

Fri

(NP)

Sat

 

Sun

 

Mon

(Game
Day)

DB Arness Ikner

DNP

DNP

 

Game
Day

DB Mike McMillan

DNP

LP

 

Game
Day

DB Christian Wise

LP

LP

 

Game
Day

WR Rashaad Carter

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

DB Sergio Gilliam

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

LB Robert Hayes

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

DL Reggie Wilson

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

OL John Collins

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

OL Deveric Gallington

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

LB Dexter Davis

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

WR Jared Perry

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

DB Bryce Peila

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

 

 

Week 13 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 22, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Week 12 in the Arena Football League was “Show Me” weekend for a couple of teams. Tommy Grady has the stats, but not the wins. Raudabaugh and Davila have both, so how will a matchup in Arizona look? Then you have the injury to Orlando Predators QB Randy Hippeard. We believe it is a torn ACL, but until we know for sure, I will leave him in the 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 13 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.4 (LW #1) (+.4)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.8 (LW #2) (+.7)
3. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.1 (LW #3) (+.3)
4. Randy Hippeard Orlando Predators 3.2 (LW #4) (-.1)
5. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.6 (LW #6) (-.4)
6. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 3.9 (LW #7) (-1.0)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.4 (LW #5) (+.4)
8. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 5.8 (LW #8) (+.5)

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

Most Improved – LA KISS QB Pete Thomas – -1.0

Most Struggled – Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila – +.7

You will also notice Nathan Stanley and Danny Southwick removed. There is no reason to keep these two players on my QB power rankings when one is on IR and the other is on a new team warming the bench.

Week 12 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 22, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Week 12 was essentially a “show me” weekend for two of the games. Could the Soul travel cross country and take out a perennial power? Could Jacksonville when a game against a good team at home following a blowout win? The answer to both of those questions was no. Now, I will explain in these rankings how I feel about their performance, but it leaves a lot of questions which in turn makes the rest of the season more exciting.

That being said, here are your Week 12 Power Rankings.

  1. Philadelphia Soul 9-3 (LW – 1, Change –)

I know a lot of people are going to think “Hey, Kyle, Philadelphia lost, you can’t keep them #1”. But let me explain myself. Philadelphia traveled three time zones to play one of the best (if not THE best) all around organizations in Arena Football. They hung with the Rattlers for 55 of the 60 minutes. Take out the five minute barrage of mistakes by the Soul offense and this was a different game. The score at the end was not a true representation of the talent level of this team. Philadelphia is still the best team in the league that just got snake bit (stole a bit from the sideline reporter) on Friday night. I think you will see this team return to form in an absolute drubbing of Portland on Monday night.

  1. Arizona Rattlers 9-3 (LW – 2, Change -)

Yeah, yeah, Orlando already beat Arizona and they are the only team to clinch a home playoff game already. With that in mind, do you think with this Rattler team and Hippeard’s injury status up in the air, that Orlando could pull off a win TODAY against Arizona? I sure don’t. Arizona is still dealing with a few issues, but this team has seemed to ride and die off of the play of DB Arkeith Brown. When he is in the lineup, the Rattlers are near impossible to beat. We said it last week and I’ll say it again; Friday night was the Arena Bowl 29 preview. We just don’t know who will host it. Arizona heads to LA to face and up and down KISS team that they have never lost too, baring a slight miracle, this team will be 10-3 headed into the league bye with their scheduled bye still remaining. There is plenty of time for this team to rest up and prepare for the post season.

  1. Orlando Predators 10-2 (LW – 3, Change -)

Is this team, by record, the best team in the league? Yes they are, but you can’t expect to win the Arena Bowl by skimming by each week. Then you add in QB Randy Hippeard’s knee injury and this team is a major wild card headed into the final six weeks of the season. Let’s take a quick look at the stats. Of the three teams with winning records, Orlando is in 3rd place in average margin of victory at nine points per game while Arizona leads at 18.1, followed by Philly with 12.7. Orlando only cracks the top two in ONE statistical category of note, Rush Defense. Yes, they are #1 in the only true stat that matters (wins), but that is it. They cannot continue to allow lesser teams to stick around in the fourth quarter. They get a de-facto bye week as the hapless Storm come to town, but if the last meeting is any indication, expect a close game Friday night on CBS Sports Net.

  1. Cleveland Gladiators 6-6 (LW – 5, Change +1)

The next three teams could honestly be thrown into a hat and picked randomly. Jacksonville has the stats, LA has the schedule, and Cleveland has the wins. But after a strong showing against former Cleveland QB Shane Austin, the Gladiators get the nod this week. Arvell Nelson had the strongest week of all quarterbacks this week. Seven touchdowns and no turnovers was his actually his best performance (stats wise) of the season finishing with a league leading 121.3 passer rating. If Cleveland can clean up its defensive effort before the fourth quarter while Nelson continues to improve I think the Q might get one more home game this year. Saturday’s matchup on ESPN2 is monumental in terms of playoff seeding. Cleveland beat Jacksonville the first time so a win on Saturday would set their tie breaking scenarios in stone over the Sharks.

  1. Los Angeles KISS 5-6 (LW – 6, Change +1)

I don’t look at other power rankings, but I’m sure not many people have LA over Jacksonville, but hear me out. Los Angeles under QB Pete Thomas has been a much more efficient ball club then they were under Stanley. Thomas is tied with Sharks QB Tommy Grady with the best interception to attempt ratio in the league at only 1.2%. Add in the talent this team has on the backend of the defense with Victorian, Clevan Thomas, and Fred Obi and you have yourself one of the best defensive units in the league. Not to mention two former NFL’s on the defensive line with Dontay Moch and Caesar Rayford. This team will only continue to improve as long as Thomas continues to his game management at QB. Sunday’s game at home vs Arizona should give us a better idea of how the rest of this year will go.

  1. Jacksonville Sharks 5-6 (LW – 4, Change -2)

The Jacksonville Sharks are a team that is on the verge of complete implosion. Before Saturday’s game I remember reading Sharks CEO Jeffrey Bouchy mentioned that Orlando’s luck is about to change. Or something to that affect. This team is loaded on both sides of the ball from Tommy Grady, to Joe Hills, to Greg Reid. I’m not sure what the problem is, but scoring 34 points at home is unacceptable with the level of talent this team has. I have moved the Sharks up and down these rankings like a roller coaster, but I think I’ve learned my lesson. For whatever reason, 2016 is not their year and I think this is the final product. I don’t expect Jacksonville to do anything to jump higher than four, the rest of the season. If they want a home playoff game they MUST win Saturday Night. If Cleveland comes to town and takes out the defending American Conference Champions then please start a go fund me page for Coach Moss’s backside because his seat will be pretty hot.

  1. Portland Steel 1-10 (LW – 7, Change –)

It seems like I can cut and paste this team’s outlook each week. They are showing more heart and determination than Tampa Bay, but the result is the same. Shane Austin is playing like a man possessed, but he isn’t getting the help he needs on the defensive side of the ball. This team is absolutely putrid in just about all of the significant defensive categories. Not to mention they cannot buy a takeaway. Portland is sitting in dead last in the AFL with a turnover ratio of a -16, which is almost unheard of in any level of football. If not for the Storm’s fumblitis a few weeks back they may be at a minus 20. Life will only get rougher for Coach James and company as a motivated Philadelphia Soul team is coming to town on Monday night.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 1-10 (LW – 8, Change –)

In case you missed it, I was at the Storm vs KISS game on Saturday night. I tweeted during the game “How did this team beat Arizona in this building?” After a two play 40 yard drive to start the night, Tampa went the entire rest of the half without scoring on their way to a 40-6 hole at halftime. You would’ve thought the KISS fielded an All-Arena team. They couldn’t stop multiple fourth down’s, they couldn’t stop turning the ball over, and on and on. Tampa honestly looks like a team who quit after getting their first win of the season in that game against the Rattlers. If you look at Jason Boltus’ numbers since that win, he has dropped in touchdown’s thrown and passer rating each game, while also throwing more and more interceptions. After the win, Boltus was sitting at 25 total touchdowns and five turnovers in four games. In the three games since (all against teams at .500 or less) he has converted 12 touchdowns and 10 turnovers. Where Boltus goes, the Tampa Bay Storm goes, if he continues to struggle this team will continue to struggle. They head to Orlando this week to face the first place Predators. I have a hunch they will show up to play due to the rivalry, but let’s be honest, this season is over for the Storm. They won’t win a playoff game against any of the top three teams. As much as Lawrence Samuels contributed to the AFL as a player, he has been a massive disappointment as a head coach.

Biggest Jump – Los Angeles, Cleveland  +1

Biggest fall – Jacksonville  -2

 

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Week 12 Practice Status Report – Thursday

 

Philadelphia Soul at Arizona Rattlers

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 Arizona

6/17 – 10:00pm – ESPN2

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

(NP)

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

 

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

DE Sean Daniels

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Tracy Belton

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL Neal Tivis

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

K Tommy Frevert

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Torez Jones

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL Keith Newell

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

 

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

Philadelphia at Arizona

6/17 – 10:00pm – ESPN2

Mon

(NP)

Tue

Wed

Thu

(NP)

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

 

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

DL Damien Borel

DNP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Keith Williams

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Leon Mackey

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Marquis Floyd

DNP

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Hayworth Hicks

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Dimetrio Tyson

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

WR Rod Windsor

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB KJ Morton

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

WR Maurice Purify

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL Michael Simons

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Arkeith Brown

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

 

FB Mykel Benson

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Tyre Glasper

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL Dionte Savage

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

WR Anthony Amos

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

WR Chase Deadder

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

OL Jordan Mudge

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Chris McAllister

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

QB Nick Davila

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

DB Allen Chapman

IAR

IR

Game
Day

 

 

 

DL Cliff Dukes

IAR

IAR

Game
Day

 

 

 

Orlando Predators at Jacksonville
Sharks

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 Jacksonville

6/18 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

QB Chase Cartwright

DNP

IR

IR

 

 

 

 

DL Monte Lewis

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR Brelan Chancellor

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR Larry Brackins

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Kent Richardson

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Jeremy Gallon

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Chad Anderson

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

DB Emanuel Cook

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

Orlando at Jacksonville

6/18 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

K Lindsey Wolfe

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Cornelius Lewis

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Moqut Ruffins

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Ray McNeil

LP

LP

IAR

 

 

 

 

DB Micheaux Robinson

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Joe Hills

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Reggie Gray

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB LaRoche Jackson

LP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DL Jordan Miller

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Geneath Moffett

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Keon Lyn

FP

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

WR Mardy Gilyard

FP

FP

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR Roger Jackson

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

FB Derrick Ross

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles KISS at Tampa Bay Storm

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 Tampa Bay

6/18 – 7:30pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

Mon

(NP)

WR Donovan Morgan

DNP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Clevan Thomas

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Winston Wright

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Fred Obi

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Ian Joseph

DNP

DNP

IAR

 

 

 

 

WR Justin Wilson

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Colin Madison

DNP

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

DL Rodney Fritz

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR DJ Stephens

LP

LP

FP

 

 

 

 

DL Marcus Pittman

LP

LP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Terrance Smith

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Sam Tupua

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

OL Shannon Tevaga

IAR

IAR

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR Mike Willie

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

Los Angeles at Tampa Bay

6/18 – 7:30pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

DB Qua Cox

DNP

LP

FP

 

 

 

 

DB Seth Williams

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Robert Bibbs

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

WR Xavier Boyce

LP

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Gerald Young

IAR

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

Cleveland Gladiators at Portland Steel

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 Portland

6/18 – 11:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

DB Joe Phinisee

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL Aslam Sterling

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Demarcus Robinson

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Devin Wilson

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Quentin Sims

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

DB Jamie Bender

LP

DNP

 

 

 

 

OL Jesse Somsel

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Larry Beavers

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL DJ Brandel

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

K Adrian Trevino

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DL Randy Colling

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DL Curtis Young

FP

IAR

 

 

 

 

WR Thyron Lewis

IAR

IAR

 

 

 

 

DL Abe Koroma

IAR

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cleveland at Portland

6/18 – 11:00pm – ESPN3

Mon

(NP)

Tue

(NP)

Wed

 

Thu

Fri

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

 

Mon

 

WR Jamar Howard

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Mike McMillan

DNP

DNP

 

 

 

 

DB Christian Wise

DNP

LP

 

 

 

 

WR Rashaad Carter

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

LB Dexter Davis

LP

LP

 

 

 

 

OL John Collins

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DB Sergio Gilliam

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

LB Robert Hayes

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

DL Reggie Wilson

FP

FP

 

 

 

 

OL Deveric Gallington

FP

FP