AFL Week 2 Practice Status Report (Tuesday)

 

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

4/15 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

WR Poppy Livers

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Josh Tate

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Emughedi Umodu

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

OL Justin Wells

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Aaron Wascha

IR

 

 

 

Game Day

 

DL Zach Zidian

IR

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

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

4/15 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

DL Monte Lewis

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Lamark Brown

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

OL Ben Ossai

IR

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

Baltimore Brigade at Cleveland
Gladiators

Baltimore Brigade

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

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

Baltimore at Cleveland

4/15 – 7:00pm – arenafootball.com

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

DB Qumain Black

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

OL Leon Brown

IR

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Quinton Pointer

IR

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Lavasier Tuiner

IR

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

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

Baltimore at Cleveland

4/15 – 7:00pm – arenafootball.com

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

QB Shane Boyd

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

OL Jaylen Hunter

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Arness Ikner

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Rayshaun Kizer

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Fred Obi

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Kent Richardson

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Brandon Thompkins

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Larry Brackins

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DL Shubert Bastein

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

LB Terrance Moore

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DL Nick Seither

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Quentin Sims

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DL Derrick Summers

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Collin Taylor

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DL Jordan Holland

IR

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

Alstevis Squirewell

IR

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

AFL Fan Zone Week 1 Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on April 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Week one is in the books and already there is a shakeup in the rankings. Last week saw Cleveland at number two slightly edging the Washington Valor. Then Saturday happened and the Gladiators came out looking about as rusty as you can imagine starting with a new quarterback in Shane Boyd and dealing with the amount of injuries that occurred in the game.

I would also like to welcome Jesse to the Fan Zone Power Rankings team. Adding another voice into the mix will only strengthen how each team is ranked week after week.

Lets get into it…

  1. Washington Valor – (1-0) LW: 3, Last Game – W  51-38 vs BAL

Last week’s rankings had Washington and Cleveland very close for the #2 spot, with the Gladiators edging out the Valor by a slim margin. Friday’s inaugural game for the Monumental Sports organization showed that at least early in the season, the Valor deserve to be higher.

Although they seemed to ease off the gas pedal in the second half, Erik Meyer and company showed the league just how dangerous they can be soaring out to a 34-6 halftime lead. Meyer showed no signs of rust early on and finished 21/32 for 237 yards and four touchdowns. The chemistry between him and wide receiver Mike Washington was a site to see for Valor fans, but one likely to put fear into defensive coordinators around the league.

2. Philadelphia Soul – (0-0) LW: 1, Last Game – Bye

Philadelphia had the luxury of taking Week one off and being able to scout the other four teams live as they happened due to their first bye of the season. With only five teams, there will obviously be one team on a bye, week one just happened to go to the defending Arena Bowl champions.

The drop in ranking is purely due to not playing week one and not having an accurate look at how the 2017 team will fare against the other four squads.

3. Tampa Bay Storm – (1-0) LW: 4, Last Game – W 46-40 at CLE

What a difference having a quarterback can make for a football team. In one game, Randy Hippeard made Storm fans forget last seasons debacle at quarterback that Tampa Bay rolled out. Hippeard finished the game 22/31 205 yards and six touchdowns. His ability to find the twin towers at wide receiver (Joe Hills and Lamark Brown) were clearly the difference in this game.

Whenever the game got close, Hippeard found one of these two monster wide receivers and there were nothing the Gladiators could to do to stop it. Brown and Hills accounted for 16 catches 174 yards and five touchdowns. The defense was no slouch either putting new Gladiators quarterback Shane Boyd on the ground four times while intercepting him once. If this is the new look Storm that we will see week in and week out, the league better be on notice because the chemistry on offense will only get better with time.

4. Cleveland Gladiators – (0-1) LW: 2, Last Game – L 40-46 vs TB

Saturday night’s game at Quicken Loans arena was supposed to a big welcome back to the Gladiators after the city of Cleveland witnessed the resurgence of the Cavaliers and Indians. Unfortunately, it was not to be as the Gladiators and new quarterback Shane Boyd struggled for most of the night. It didn’t help that player after player seemed to go down ultimately forcing star wide receiver Collin Taylor to play jack linebacker in the second half.

A bright spot for Cleveland is it looks like the team finally found help for Taylor at wide receiver, Brandon Thompkins and Larry Brackins are more than capable of taking some of the load from Taylor. Of course, none of that will matter if the defense can’t stay healthy for a full four quarters.

5. Baltimore Brigade – (0-1) LW: 5, Last Game – L 38-51 at WAS

Let me start off by saying, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a team give up on a quarterback as quickly as Baltimore did Chase Cartwright. That being said, I think they might’ve left him in too long. Last week’s game got ugly fast due to the inability of Cartwright to handle the pressure of opening day and/or the vaunting Valor defense.

Cartwright saw nine snaps resulting in three fumbles (one lost) and one interception. On the flip side, Shane Carden came into the game and looked very calm and collected under the pressure of being down so much so early. He finished the night 21/33 197 yards and three touchdowns. He did have an interception, but he was forced into an almost impossible situation. On the road against a very talented team in their first ever home game, Carden brought the Brigade within two scores in the fourth quarter. Baltimore is clearly the worst team in the league, but that isn’t to put down what Coach Smith has put together.

This team will just need time to grow, of the four teams, Baltimore is the only one starting a rookie quarterback. We called this in our pre-season rankings, due to being the last team on the docket for roster picks, they were set-up to fail in year one. But I will say, with the way Carden played, I expect to see an upset or two to the hands of the Brigade before the season is over.

  1. Washington Valor – 24 (2)
  2. Philadelphia Soul – 20 (4)
  3. Tampa Bay Storm – 19
  4. Cleveland Gladiators – 13
  5. Baltimore Brigade – 7

()=First Place Votes


The AFL Fan Zone power rankings contributing members are:
Kyle Sander @ArenaFBOutsidrs, Scott Soares @AFLSlasher, Stephen Ur @writingfanatic2, Joran Palacio @Joran_Palacio16, Ryan Knowles @rykno52, and Jesse Mattson @LocalBigTime1

Week 1 Practice Status Report (Updated Thursday 4/6)

 

Baltimore Brigade at Washington Valar

Baltimore Brigade

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

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

Baltimore at Washington

4/7 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

(NP)

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(NP)

DB Quinton Black

FP

FP

FP

Game
Day

 

 

 

Washington Valar

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

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

Baltimore at Washington

4/7 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

Thu

(NP)

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(NP)

DB Bryce Peila

DNP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

OL Adam Shead

DNP

LP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

QB Sean Brackett

DNP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

DL Reggie Wilson

LP

DNP

DNP

Game
Day

 

 

DL David Washington

LP

LP

Game
Day

 

 

Tampa Bay Storm at Cleveland Gladiators

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 Cleveland

4/8 – 7:00pm – N/A

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

OL David Lefotu

LP

FP

 

Game
Day

 

 

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

Tampa Bay at Cleveland

4/8 – 7:00pm – N/A

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

FB Alstevis Squirewell

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

Game
Day

 

WR Quentin Sims

DNP

LP

LP

 

Game
Day

 

DB Jordan Holland

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

Game
Day

 

DB Rayshaun Kizer

LP

LP

LP

 

Game
Day

 

DL Nick Seither

LP

LP

FP

 

Game
Day

 

DL Derrick Summers

LP

LP

FP

 

Game
Day

 

DB Fredrick Obi

LP

LP

LP

 

Game
Day

 

WR Larry Brackins

LP

LP

LP

 

Game
Day

 

LB Terrance Moore

FP

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

 

DL Shubert Bastein

FP

FP

FP

 

Game
Day

 

 

AFL FanZone Pre-Season Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on April 4, 2017 at 08:30 PM

Welcome to another year of the AFL Fan Zone! I thought the best way to say “It’s about time old friends!” is to get right into the content. This year we have five contributors who will be voting on the power rankings each week, no longer will they only be one fan’s opinion.

Some might say this year may the worst the AFL has seen in years due to the fact there are only five teams in the league. We are not those people, just take it from our friends over at Inside The Arena, 2017 Could Be the Best Season Ever.

You came here for the first Power Rankings of the season, so let’s get to it!

  1. Philadelphia Soul

This was the only unanimous selection of the committee. With the return of the best quarterback of 2016 (based on the Fan Zone’s own quarterback  metric) Dan Raudabaugh, wide receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku, and a slew of other Soul players who were part of Philadelphia’s amazing Arena Bowl XXIX victory in Arizona last fall, there doesn’t seem to be a team that can outlast the boys in city of Brotherly Love. The consolidation of rosters due to three less teams means Philadelphia will be in a dog fight against some pretty stacked rosters in the AFL this year.

2. Cleveland Gladiators

The closest battle of the rankings were two and three. Cleveland received only two second place votes, but it was enough to nudge them to this spot. Cleveland was able to put together a very formitable roster behind new head coach Ron Selesky.

If that name sounds familiar, he was the interim head coach last season when Steve Thonn was battling medical issues mid-way through the season. The Gladiators recently announced the former Arizona Rattlers back-up quarterback Shane Boyd has been given the keys to the offense after multiple years behind one of the most decorated AFL players in league history, Nick Davila.

If Boyd can keep down the turnovers that former starter Arvell Nelson was prone to do, Cleveland should be the next best team in 2017.

3. Washington Valor

The AFL Fan Zone team seemed to be hot and cold on the Valor. Washington received three second place votes, but was also looked at the worst team heading into the season by one contributor. The Valor is lead by head coach Dean Cokinos, former assistant for the Tampa Bay Storm and the final HC for the now defunct New Orleans VooDoo. The most notable free agent signing of the offseason brought former AFL MVP Erik Meyer to the nations capital.

Even though Meyer missed the entire 2016 season, his experience and talent level should be enough to make sure the expansion Valor is ready to go in 2017.

4. Tampa Bay Storm

To put it midly, the Storm struggled last season and needed a jolt to keep one of the best fan bases in the league returning for a 26th season. Team President Derrick Brooks decided to look to the past to fix this future with the return of quarterback Randy Hippeard and wide receiver Joe Hills. Hills returns to Tampa as the reigning Under Armour Offensive Player of the Year in 2016.

Not only is he supremely talented, but his best trait may be availability. Hills can be counted on to be there and to put up big numbers week in and week out. But if you want to pinpoint the reason Brooks had to make a head coaching change, it is because of the quarterback play the Storm saw in 2016.

Before Hippeard’s season ending injury last season, he was on pace for his best season ever and was in the conversation with the likes of Davila, Raudabaugh, and Tommy Grady. If he can return to that form, the Storm will finish the season much higher on this list.

5. Baltimore Brigade

The final team announced for the 2017 season finds themselves as the least favorites to win the Arena Bowl. With three fifth place votes, Baltimore is looking up to the rest of the league, with good reason. The Bridage was announced after the dispersal draft, so they were put behind the eight ball before the table had even been racked. Second year head coach Omarr Smith has been tasked to lead Baltimore with the least experienced quarterback in the entire league.

Whether it will be Chase Cartwright or Shane Carden, the Brigade start 2017 with two quarterbacks that have a combined one season of experience in the AFL. A league built on timing and good quarterback play, this one area could spell doom for Baltimore in their first season.

Former Arena Bowl MVP wide receiver  Reggie Gray will be the focal point of the offense much like Donovan Morgan was for the KISS the last few years. If Gray can put the team on his shoulders like the Captain did for LA, then Baltimore might have a chance to surprise a few teams before this season is over.


The AFL Fan Zone power rankings contributing members are:
Kyle Sander @ArenaFBOutsidrs, Scott Soares @AFLSlasher, Stephen Ur @writingfanatic2, Joran Palacio @Joran_Palacio16, and Ryan Knowles @rykno52

2017 AFL Week 1 Tuesday Practice Status Report

 

Baltimore Brigade at Washington Valar

Baltimore Brigade

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

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

Baltimore at Washington

4/7 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(NP)

DB Quinton Black

FP

FP

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

 

Washington Valar

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

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

Baltimore at Washington

4/7 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(NP)

DB Bryce Peila

DNP

DNP

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

OL Adam Shead

DNP

LP

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

QB Sean Brackett

DNP

DNP

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

DL Reggie Wilson

LP

DNP

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

DL David Washington

LP

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

Tampa Bay Storm at Cleveland Gladiators

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 Cleveland

4/8 – 7:00pm – N/A

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

No Injuries To Report

 

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

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

Tampa Bay at Cleveland

4/8 – 7:00pm – N/A

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

FB Alstevis Squirewell

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Quentin Sims

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Jordan Holland

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Rayshaun Kizer

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DL Nick Seither

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DL Derrick Summers

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DB Fredrick Obi

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

WR Larry Brackins

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

LB Terrance Moore

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

DL Shubert Bastein

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

2017 Week 1 Practice Status Report

 

Baltimore Brigade at Washington Valar

Baltimore Brigade

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

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

Baltimore at Washington

4/7 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(NP)

DB Quinton Black

FP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

 

#2 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

Baltimore at Washington

4/7 – 7:00pm – CBS SN

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

Thu

 

Fri

(Game
Day)

Sat

(NP)

Sun

(NP)

DB Bryce Peila

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

OL Adam Shead

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

QB Sean Brackett

DNP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

DL Reggie Wilson

LP

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

Tampa Bay Storm at Cleveland Gladiators

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 Cleveland

4/8 – 7:00pm – N/A

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

TEAM DID NOT PRACTICE YET

 

 

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

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

Tampa Bay at Cleveland

4/8 – 7:00pm – N/A

Mon

(NP)

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

(Game
Day)

Sun

(NP)

TEAM DID NOT PRACTICE YET

 

 

 

 

Game
Day

 

 

Tampa Bay Storm Name Ron James Head Coach

A few months after Lawrence Samuels parted ways with the Tampa Bay Storm, the Storm have found their seventh head coach in franchise history. Team President Derrick Brooks made the announcement that Ron James will take over the reins in Tampa.

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce Ron as our next head coach,” Brooks said, “Ron has over 30 years of coaching experience that he is bringing with him to Tampa Bay. After spending time with him throughout this vetting process, we believe he best exemplified what we want to do, and where we want to go, as a team.”

James spent the 2016 season as the head coach of the Portland Steel, who folded this offseason. James coached Portland to a 3-13 record last season before getting steamrolled by the Arizona Rattlers in the 84-40 in the National Conference Semifinals.

James brings 30 years of coaching experience to the Storm, and he spent eight of those years as a head coach. The 2012 AFL Coach of the Year has led his teams to three playoff appearances, which includes a trip to the National Conference Championship in 2012. “I am extremely humbled and excited to join one of the most storied franchises in the Arena Football League,” James said. “It’s a great feeling to be a part of a team that has such strong management and leadership. This is truly an honor and I want to thank Derrick Brooks, (owner) Jeff Vinik and the entire Storm organization for giving me this opportunity to lead the team into the future.”

A native of Albany, New York, James played collegiate football at Siena for four seasons, where he was an All-American offensive lineman. James began his coaching career at Siena in 1986 as the team’s linebackers coach. Jones began his AFL career in 1990, when he was an assistant coach for the Albany Firebirds for two seasons. James would return to college football after spending time with Albany.

After brief stops at Hartwick College and Kentucky Wesleyan, James would coach the offensive line at Army for two seasons. James would return to the AFL in 1999 when he coached the offensive and defensive line for the Houston ThunderBears. He would then become the assistant head coach for the Las Vegas Gladiators in 2002, before taking over as the head coach in 2005. James then took over as the head coach of the Utah Blaze in 2010, leading them to a 30-33 record over four seasons. James became the head coach of the Pittsburgh Power in 2014, and he led them to a 15-2 record. Known for his defense, Pittsburgh led the league in interceptions (36), and they were second in scoring defense (43.2), while finishing third in total defense (256.0). James will look to improve a Storm team that went 2-14 last year.