The Good and The Bad In Arena Football
Happy Sunday Football Fans! Lets take a NFL Game Break to talk some ARENA FOOTBALL as both the National ARena League(NAL) and the American Arena League(AAL) are building their teams as the 2020 Season approaches.
The NAL currently has 9 teams on their active roster but look for this to change pretty fast. Not much out of Orlando Florida and the new Look Predators. So its going to be an interesting rest of 2019.
Here are some of the recent signings….
In The NAL:
The Jacksonville Sharks have announced the signing of DB Dallas Jackson (5’10, 190) and WR/KR Marquel Wade(5’11, 170).
Jackson spent his 2019 season playing for the Orlando Predators where he earned Second Team All-NAL honors totaling 38 tackles, 19 pass breakups, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Although the Predators struggled, Jackson had a career season becoming the only 2019 Orlando Predator to earn All-NAL accolades. In 2018, Jackson played for the Jacksonville Sharks where he recorded 29 tackles, seven pass breakups, and four interceptions. In 2018, Jackson also signed with the Florida Tarpons of the American Arena League and the Washington Valor of the Arena Football League. He began his pro career with the Tampa Bay Storm from 2016-2017, where he racked up 11 tackles and one pass break up
Marquel Wade spent the last two seasons with the Cedar Rapids River Kings of the Indoor Football League (2018-2019) where he recorded 54 receptions and eight touchdowns. In 2017, the Sharks signed Wade after an open tryout, Wade’s time in Jacksonville was short he played in three games, recording three catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns before getting re-signed by the Nebraska Danger of the IFL to finish the 2017 season. Wade spent his rookie year with the Nebraska Danger where he played in 11 games and recorded 309 receiving yards for four touchdowns
The Massachusetts Pirates have signed LB Khaseem Greene, WR Darren Carrington II and DB Chucky Williams for the upcoming season.
Greene was a fourth-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears (117 overall) in 2013 out of Rutgers. Greene played two seasons with the Bears appearing in 25 games recording 44 tackles with one interception and one pass defended. Greene had been out of football since OTA’s with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, spending time with his family and three children while working at Bonnie Brae, a juvenile treatment facility in New Jersey. Then, a social media post started his comeback.
Carrington had an impressive collegiate carrier in the Pac 12 where he was a two-time All-Conference selection, playing three seasons at Oregon and one at Utah as a graduate transfer. Carrington had 11 career 100-yard games including four at Utah. Carrington attended the 2018 NFL Combine and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in August, spending the preseason with the team before being released as part of the final cuts before to the start of the regular season. In October, Carrington signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Now he brings his skills to Massachusetts.
Last season in 13 games Williams was sixth in the National Arena League averaging four tackles per contest. The former Louisville Cardinal was second on the Pirates with 51.5 tackles with 42 solo stops and 19 assists. He had two tackles for a loss, broke up 11 passes and recovered a fumble, returning it 45 yards for a touchdown vs. Columbus. In the Pirates playoff loss in Carolina, Williams made seven tackles, had an interception and recovered a fumble.
OVER in the AAL:
The Carolina Energy announced the signing of DL Carlos Wray, DL Wendell Dunn, DL Tyron Roberts, RB Kerrion Moore, LB Jabreel Hazly and QB Rob Nittolo.
The Carolina Energy are holding another open tryout on December 7th. They are looking at all positions however, have an immediate focus to sign Offensive Lineman and the Wide Receiver positions.