Atlanta Firebirds

Trindon Holliday – 6

Allen Hurns – 10f

Cameron Meredith – 7aa

Paul Turner – 6aa

Darren Waller – 6aa

Albert Wilson – 8a

Summary: Allen Hurns coming off one of the most statistically dominant seasons in league history. Can he repeat? Albert Wilson got close to 1,000 yds but will be counted on even more with double teaming of Hurns. An excellent camp by Cameron Meredith can push Wilson into his natural slot position. Darren Waller looks more natural at tight end. Trindon Holliday makes the team as a returner – but didn’t get a TD last year because of injury.

Birmingham Predators

Kenny Bell – 6aa

Isaiah Burse – 6aa

Quinshad Davis – 6aa

Aaron Dobson – 7ac

Nate Robinson – 6

Kenny Stills – 8aa

Summary: Tough to believe Six-Shooter veteran Kenny Stills is only 24. He never really had great chemistry with Tim Tebow, but could be poised for breakout season if Dak Prescott lives up to hype. Aaron Dobson steps in as the No. 2, but had inconsistent camp. It’s anyone’s ball game after that, though we’d be shocked if former NBA star Nate Robinson makes the team.

Carolina Generals

Jason Avant – 7d

Donnie Avery – 7d$

Harvey Binford – 6a

Marques Colston – 8D$

Pharoh Cooper – 6aa

Rannell Hall – 6aa

Josh Huff – 6aa

Brandon Thompkins – 7

Mike Washington – 6

Summary: The General aren’t doing their quarterbacks any favor. Avery showed he was a No. 3 at best on the down end of his career. Marques Colson showed spark but is also going to be 34 in season. Brandon Thompkins can catch some balls but isn’t a game changer. Josh Huff makes roster as returner.

Charleston Dragons

Brenton Bersin – 7a

Alex Erickson – 7aa

TJ Graham – 6aac

Mitch Matthews – 6aa

Ace Sanders – 6a

Jaxon Shipley – 6a

Trent Steelman – 7

Luke Tasker – 9af

Jordan Taylor – 6aa

Summary: Luke Tasker enjoyed a record breaking season, hauling in 141 grabs. Still only making 50k, can’t be happy about that and will be looking for a big pay day, maybe even before the season. Brenton Bersin was also very quietly productive – with 75 grabs, but he is similar receiver to Tasker and does not complement him well. Jordan Taylor has some ability – but team lacks a legit deep threat. Trent Steelman is here as a goal line QB. Alex Erickson can be a nice slot receiver and probably should beat out Ace Sanders as a return option.

Columbus Explorers

Dri Archer – 6ac

Jace Billingsley – 6aa

Duron Carter – 8

Andy Fatuz – 7

Jalin Marshall – 6aaf

Braxton Miller – 6aaf

Dane Sanzenbacher – 6

Corey Washington – 6aa

Summary: Cole Beasley is gone and a big loss. Duron Carter has shown big play ability, but he needs to mature. His play wasn’t why Dallas dealt him away. For the amount of money Dri Archer has been paid, he’s been a big bust. Andy Fatuz out played Dane Sanzenbacher, whose time looks done. Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall could develop – but it’s still really soon for both. Jace Billingsley also came out to have ok camp with Corey Washington. Could be a tough year for Pryor unless somebody steps up and shocks everybody.

Dallas Six-Shooters

Jeff Fuller – 7c

Cedric Gilbert – 6a

James Jones – 8D

Kolby Listenbee – 6aaf

Terrell Owens – 7d$

Lucky Whitehead – 6aa

Summary: Dallas went from arguably the strongest WR core in the league to it looks like 43-year old Terrell Owens is going to start on opening day. Owens is still in peak shape, but is a role player now. It’s going to be interesting to see what James Jones can do. He’s always been a system receiver but is big, strong, a great redzone threat and a reliable weapon. Shooters have to be very disappointed with camps from Kolby Listenbee, Jeff Fuller and Donteea Dye. Fuller gets No. 2 job but didn’t really impress anyone. Whitehead is more of a returner type. Listenbee was hurt most of camp.

Houston Wranglers

Demarcus Ayers – 6aa

Geraldo Boldewjin – 6a

Juron Criner – 6aa

Devanta Davis – 6a

Jay Lee – 6a

Roger Lewis – 6aa

Tommylee Lewis – 6aa

Da’Rick Rogers – 6aac

Kenny Shaw – 7aa

Tommy Streeter – 6a

Summary: Kenny Shaw, coming off a solid season in the CFL, is the only person that gives this unit credibility. Da’Rick Rogers and Tommy Streeter were once hot prospects to become SFL stars, but it does not look like they will ever live up to the hype. Some interesting young players here, but this is gonna be a struggle in year one for Houston.

Los Angeles Stars

Jakeem Grant – 6aa

Joe Hills – 9

Denarius Moore – 8

Chad Owens – 8

Jordan Payton – 6aaf

DJ Stephens – 7

Griff Whalen – 7a

Summary: Most underrated receiver duo in the league. Joe Hills reminds you of Terrell Owens. Moore had awful camp last year and still brought in 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns. LA was a good change of venue for him. Chad Owens is excellent returner who is a legit No. 2 in his own right. DJ Stephens a nice complement. Griff Whalen adds to how deep this corp is and can be a very good and reliable slot receiver for this team. Jordan Payton and Jakeem Grant are good prospects.

Louisville Cougars

Phillip Barnett – 7

Phil Bates – 7

Greg Carr – 7

Julian Edelman – 10$f

Maurice Purify – 8

Paul McRoberts – 6a

Evan Spencer – 6a

Wes Welker – 9d

Summary: Louisville really bolstered their receiving core mid-season by adding Wes Welker. His body double, Julian Edelman joins the team after an All-SFL performance in Nashville. Throw in productive SFL receivers like Greg Carr and Maurice Purify and Christian Ponder should have a lot of weapons to utilize this year that he just didn’t have last year.

Michigan Stags

Aaron Burbridge – 6aaf

Bakari Grant – 7

Ryan Grant – 7

Tajae Sharpe – 7aa

Terrence Toliver – 7

Marquess Wilson – 8a

Summary: Marques Wilson really stepped up last year in place of aging Mario Manningham and Santonio Holmes and now he’ll have to completely take over with both of those guys having retired. The Stags have a really solid core of pass catchers and rookie Tajae Sharpe had a very good camp, though not quite as great of a camp as expected. Still, he looks like a future stud for the Stags. Right now, though, there really isn’t a go-to guy or a gamebreaker.

Minnesota Freeze

Jaron Brown – 7a

Clarence Denmark – 7

Weston Dressler – 8

Ricardo Louis – 7a

Keith Mumphrey – 6aa

Rod Streater – 8c

Summary: The Freeze weren’t the same with the absence of Doug Baldwin last year. Weston Dressler and Rod Streater are two very productive players, but neither are game breakers Dressler is much better in the slot where he can take advantage of his skillset the best. Great core of pass catchers on the team, though. Somebody is bound to step up and lead the way.

Nashville Renegades

Moritz Böhringer – 6aa

Jamison Crowder – 9a

Chris Matthews – 8

Malcolm Mitchell – 7aa

Donovan Morgan – 7

Marques North – 6aa

Collin Taylor – 7

Summary: The Gades traded away the Julian Edelman and his expensive contract but have a lot of young receiver that look to keep Nashville among the league’s top receiving corps. Jamison Crowder is a star emerging, who had a remarkable rookie year. Chris Matthews is a very solid, underrated player who just needed a chance as some consistency after bouncing around the league. Malcolm Mitchell the rookie has interesting potential and could become a big time player for the Gades.. Donovan Morgan and Collin Taylor capable of catching 20-30 passes apiece. Moritz Böhringer is an athletic guy with potential but has a lot of developing to do.

New Orleans Nightmare

Dwayne Bowe – 8cdf

Breland Chancellor – 6

SJ Green – 8

Rueben Randle – 8a$f

Kenny Stafford – 7

Fred Stamps – 7d

Chris Williams – 9

Summary: The Nightmare have never been short of depth at receiver. Chris Williams and SJ Green have been very productive players. Addition of Dwayne Bowe and Rueben Randle are great and could probably force Fred Stamps out. Zach Mettenberger should be primed for bounce back season after a sophomore slump and has a great depth of receivers to work with.

New York Marauders

Duane Brooks – 6

Leonte Carroo – 6aa

Brandon Coleman – 8aaf

Stefon Diggs – 9aa

Ernest Jackson – 7

Charone Peake – 6aa

Ryan Smith – 7

Andrew Turzilli – 6aaf

Summary: Brandon Coleman and Stefon Diggs are a fantastic 1-2 punch who complement each other perfectly. They may be the best duo in the league. Ryan Smith has shown ability in the slot but a strong camp by Ernest Jackson will challenge him. Rookie Leonte Carroo was a highly-hyped prospect who has had a poor camp but still have potential. Rookie Charone Peake and second-year man and former territorial pick Andrew Turzilli is back with the team but both did little to show anything more than backup roles. Duane Brooks was an All-SFL return man for Los Angeles last year.

Omaha Express

Davaris Daniels – 7a

Vidal Hazelton – 7

Andy Jones – 6aa

Tanner McEvoy – 6aa

Nelson Spruce – 6aa

Brandon Zylsta – 6aa

Summary: The Omaha receiving core is young, but management believes these players have the potential to bloom into very capable players. They are particularly excited about Tanner McEvoy. Nelson Spruce has potential took. The dark horse could be Andy Jones. His size and athleticism is interesting.

Orlando Rockets

Robbie Anderson – 7aa

Ricky Collins Jr – 7a

Rashad Greene – 6aaf

Eric Rogers – 8aa

Naaman Roosevelt – 7a

Derel Walker – 7aa

Summary: Team loses veteran Riley Cooper but are still in great position with a youth movement coming in. Eric Rogers looked like an MVP candidate early in the year. Several of these young receivers have some star potential. Derel Walker is the Grand Finale hero and will to build on that. Owner Stoi’s CFL connections just keep bringing talent to Orlando. He’s particularly excited about Naaman Roosevelt, who had a very good camp.

Philadelphia Bulldogs

Adarius Bowman – 8

Marlon Brown – 7c

Riley Cooper – 8c

AJ Cruz – 6a

Rashard Higgins – 6aa

Kendrick Ings – 6a

TJ Jones – 6aa

Tiger Jones – 7d

Ryan McDaniel – 7

Darius Reynolds – 7a

Summary: TY Hilton is a big loss, but former first rounder Adarius Bowman had one of the best years of his career, falling just short of a 1,000 yards and was pretty remarkable in his own right. Riley Cooper is a solid No. 2 who has been very productive in the league. Marlon Brown had a great rookie year but has fizzled out. It might actually be behind Darius Reynolds, Tiger Jones and Ryan McDaniel on this roster instead of Brown. TJ Jones has been a total bust. Kendrick Ings is a late addition, but an interesting pickup. He did a little bit of everything in the Arena League and could be used in a similar utility role in Philadelphia. His versatility might keep him on the roster.

Phoenix Scorpions

Kevin Elliott – 6a

Tori Gurley – 7

Cayleb Jones – 6af

Kenny Lawler – 6aa

Chris Moore – 6aa

Aldrick Robinson – 7a

Tevaun Smith – 6aa

Kenbrell Thompkins – 7ac

Summary: With the Scorps losing their top three pass catchers in the offseason, they could be in trouble. Miles Austin is the big loss. He was their top guy last year. Tori Gurley and Aldrick Robinson looked to be the 1-2 punch, but neither is a legit No. 1………….neither may even be legit No. 2. Robinson was a good slot receiver last year. Tevaun Smith is a very interesting young product with great explosiveness. The team is banking on a healthy return of Kenbrell Thompkins, who missed most of last season with an injury while playing for the Stars. Rookie Chris Moore is an athlete but had an underwhelming training camp.

Pittsburgh Forge

Paul Browning – 6a

Bryan Burnham – 7aa

Tom Gilson – 7a

Brian Hartline – 8

Shaun Kauleinamoku – 7a

Brad Sinopoli – 7a

Devin Street – 6aaf

Demarius Washington – 6a

Nate Washington – 8df

Summary: The Forge put together a really decent receiving corps. this offseason. Bryan Burnham could develop into a real legit No. 1 after a breakout year in the CFL. Nate Washington and Brian Hartline are solid veteran No. 2s. Shaun Kauleinamoku and Tom Gilson are great AFL additions. Brad Sinopoli is a solid player as well. Devin Street is a wonderful local addition, but he just has not lived up to expectations so far in his career.

San Antonio Marshalls

Keyarris Garrett – 6aa

Jeff Janis – 8aa

Austin Pettis -7c

Marco Thomas – 7

Bryce Treggs – 6aa

Rod Windsor – 8

Summary: With the oft-injured Danario Alexander stepping away from the game, the Marshalls will now rely on Rod Windsor. Windsor is a tough, physical player who eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving, but isn’t the ideal deep threat. This is a big year for Jeff Janis who has the potential to be a star, but disappears for games. In the slot, expect 33-year old Marco Thomas to do work. Rookie Keyarris Garrett might surprise some people as the season progresses. He’s a very good athlete.

Seattle Orcas

Emmanuel Arceneaux – 8a

Miles Austin – 8df

Brandon Banks – 6f

Philly Brown – 7a

Greg Ellingson – 8

Jaydon Mickens – 6aa

Chester Rogers – 7aa

Summary: Jermaine Kearse is a big loss to the team, but they believe Arceneaux can take over that No. 1 job. Miles Austin returns to Seattle to try and earn another title at the end of his career. Greg Ellingson and Chester Rogers are great additional compliment options. Brandon Banks earns a job as an elite returner but can also catch a few passes.

Washington Wave

Larry Beavers – 7

Xavier Boyce – 6aa

Reggie Diggs – 6aa

Tyreek Hill – 7aa

Marquay McDaniel – 8

Douglas McNeil – 6a

Thyron Lewis – 7c

Michael Lindsey – 6

Emery Sammons – 6

Antoine Toliver – 8D

Summary: Believe it or not Marquay Daniel went over the 1,000 yard mark with terrible QB play and was a real highlight of the team. He should be good again this year. Antoine Toliver was close to a 1,000 yards – but will be 40 when the season kicks off. Tyreek Hill gives this group some youth and interest for the future. He’s an exceptional playmaker both as a receiver and as a return man. Michael Lindsey only makes this team as a returner, which Hill is better as doing. There are some interesting prospects on this team like Xavier Boyce, Reggie Diggs and Douglas McNeil, but they will be dependent on the QB play getting better.

SFL Top 5 WRs

1. Allen Hurns, Atlanta Firebirds
– Allen Hurns had the greatest season for a receiver in history of the SFL. He was an electrifying game-breaker and somebody nobody could figure out how to cover. That’s why he joined a rare group of receivers to be the league MVP. Without a doubt he is the best in the league.

2. Julian Edelman, Louisville Cougars
– Julian Edelman does everything exceptionally well and will be a tremendous addition for the Louisville Cougars. He is the kind of guy who will make their quarterbacks better with his ability to find openings in the secondary and to get open.

3. Luke Tasker, Charleston Dragons
– Few receivers have more sure-hands than this guy. He shocked everybody with an incredible first season in the SFL after coming over from the CFL and leading the league in receptions.

4. Stefon Diggs, New York Marauders
– Exceptional speed, exceptional explosiveness, exceptional ability to get down the field and behind the secondary; Stefon Diggs had an incredible rookie season and should be ready for an even better sophomore campaign.

5. Jamison Crowder, Nashville Renegades
– Another young receiver coming off an incredible rookie season. He’s a little different than Diggs. He’s not as big or as explosive, but he can be the next great slot receiver in this league with his great quickness and hands that make him such a reliable threat.

HONORABLE MENTION: Chris Williams, New Orleans
– With New Orleans’ additions of Dwayne Bowe and Rueben Randle it might be tough for Chris Williams to repeat the success he had last season, but he’s proven himself as maybe the best second-tier wide receiver in this league with consistent performances and reliable hands.

Commissioner’s prospect watch (Top 7 Rookies and Sophomores)

1. Stefon Diggs, New York Marauders
– He’s only entering his second season, but Stefon Diggs has already proven himself to be one of the most electrifying players in the league. He’s a tremendous deep threat who is a threat to take it to the house every time the ball is thrown his way.

2. Jamison Crowder, Nashville Renegades
– Like Stefon Diggs, Jamison Crowder proved himself to be one of the league’s best receivers in just his first season in the league. He’s more of a slot receiver build, but considering how great both Julian Edelman and Luke Tasker have been it’s easy to see how much of an impact player he can be.

3. Cameron Meredith, Atlanta Firebirds
– Atlanta has exceptional receivers to work with. Cameron Meredith might have been picked to be depth last year and didn’t do too much as a rookie but he’s looked incredible in training camp. He’s really taken the next step and with Allen Hurns playing opposite him drawing so much coverage 2017 might be a breakout year for him.

4. Malcolm Mitchell, Nashville Renegades
– Another very talented young receiver for Nashville, Malcolm Mitchell has come back from injuries in college and has shown off his ability. He can really shine across from Jamison Crowder too with his ability to be the explosive threat down the field.

5. Tyreek Hill, Washington Wave
– Tyreek Hill might prove to be an elite return man first, while the Wave figure out what is going to be the future of their quarterback position, but he’s a gifted athlete with explosive ability. When the ball is in his hands and he has even the slightest bit of space he’ll make guys miss and bust off big plays.

6. Tajae Sharpe, Michigan Stags
– Michigan has rebuilt their receiving corps. around Tajae Sharpe and for good reason. He’s got the size and speed to catch balls over top of covering defenders. Maybe he takes a year to truly be a No. 1 weapon, but he’s got a great skillset to develop into that guy.

7. Alex Erickson, Charleston Dragons
– It will be interesting to see how Alex Erickson co-exists with Luke Tasker. They are both similar types of slot receivers. Maybe that prevents Erickson from taking off right away, but he’s a gifted receiver with sure hands who should has the talent to make it work.

By the Numbers:
10 Ratings: 2 (1.22%)
9 Ratings: 6 (3.66%)
8 Ratings: 28 (17.07%)
7 Ratings: 54 (32.93%)
6 Ratings: 74 (45.12%)