Atlanta Firebirds

Austin Collie – 8fi$

Jasper Collins – 6a

Dominick Goodman – 7

Vidal Hazelton – 7a

Allen Hurns – 8aa

Aaron Kelly – 6

Colt Lyerla – 6a

Cameron Meredith – 6aa

Nick O’Leary – 6a

Emmanuel Ogbuehi – 6a

Chad Owens – 7

Darren Waller – 6aa

Albert Wilson – 7a

Summary: Austin Collie led the team in receptions last year with 104 catches and while he was the number one wide out last year, it looks like second year man Allen Hurns will be the featured receiver in 2016. Hurns hauled in 63 catches and five touchdowns during his rookie season and looks to have taken his game to another level during camp. Free agent Vidal Hazelton and territorial prospect Albert Wilson look to be pushing Chad Owens for the number three spot, but that probably won’t be decided till the end of the pre-season. First round draft pick Darren Waller will probably see more of the bench than the field during his rookie campaign. At tight end no one looks worthy as an SFL starter. Colt Lyerla has a lot of potential that hasn’t materialized and Atlanta hopes rookie Nick O’Leary, a college All-American, bring an increase of production from a position group that only had 30 receptions all last year.

Charleston Dragons

Brenton Bersin – 7a

Rob Branchflower – 6aa

Daniel Brown – 6a

TJ Graham – 7

Malcolm Johnson – 7a

Austin Pettis – 7c

Ace Sanders – 7c

Jaxon Shipley – 6aa

Trent Steelman – 6a

Zach Sudfeld – 7c

Luke Tasker – 7a

Jordan Taylor – 6a

Devon Wylie – 6c

Summary: Charleston tried to find a gem among a list full of NFL fringe players, but no one really looks like a true SFL number one. Two players that look to be the Dragons best starting options is CFL East Division All-Star Luke Tasker, who at best, is a number two on most franchises and NFL practice squad player Brenton Bersin looks solid, however he won’t scare defenses into rolling coverage his way. NFL castaways TJ Graham, Ace Sanders, and Austin Pettis should do fine in the slots, but again they won’t pose much of a threat to most SFL defenses. Trent Steelman could be a solid number four or five and also adds value as a wildcat quarterback. At tight end, Zach Sudfeld is the best starting options and rookie Malcolm Johnson is a great blocker, but is probably best suited for fullback.

Columbus Explorers

Dri Archer – 6aa

Cole Beasley – 8a

Jeff Heuerman – 6a

Josh Hill – 7a

Deon Long – 6a

Theo Riddick – 8 (RB)

Dane Sanzenbacher – 7

Evan Spencer – 6a

Corey Washington – 6aa

Summary: With the loss of Jeremy Kerley, the Explorers are really lacking a true threat at wide receiver. Cole Beasley is a very good receiver who could improve from his 2015 numbers however he doesn’t really have much of a supporting cast. Former Buckeye Dane Sanzenbacher looks to line up opposite Beasley, but won’t draw much concern for tilting the coverage away from Beasley. Theo Riddick looked very good catching out of the backfield and playing in the slot and it might be more beneficial for the Explorers to use him split out wide more than lining up in the backfield. Aside from Josh Hill at tight end the rest of the players aren’t really more than back up material, leading to a very thin receiving corps in Columbus.

Dallas Six-Shooters 

Duron Carter – 8c

Skye Dawson – 6aa

Donteea Dye – 6aa

Jeff Fuller – 7

Antwan Goodley – 6a

Darius Johnson – 6a

Niles Paul – 8

Kenny Stills – 8a

Der’rick Thompson – 6a

Taylor Thompson – 6a

Lucky Whitehead – 6aa

Kenny Bell – 6aa

Summary: Dallas has had one of the better receiving corps in the past couple of years, but it still wasn’t enough to help Tim Tebow elevate the passing game to the next level. Kenny Stills remains one of the best deep threats in the league while Duron Carter was widely underused last year, but should be asked to step in as the number two option to replace Danny Amendola who signed with the New England Patriots. In the slot, second round pick Lucky Whitehead looks to make an impact with his speed while there some interesting young prospects on this roster fighting for the number four and number five spots. At tight end, Taylor Thompson has been a major disappointment and could be replaced before the start of the season. Niles Paul has the potential to be one of the best receiving tight ends in the league, but has seen his opportunities dwindle with Tebow at quarterback.

Los Angeles Stars 

Duane Brooks – 6a

Cooper Helfet – 6aa

Joe Hills – 8

A.C. Leonard – 6aa

Greg Little – 8c

Denarius Moore – 8c

Tevin Reese – 6a

James Rodgers – 6a

Kenbrell Thompkins – 8c

Tim Wright – 9c

Summary: L.A. entered camp lacking a dominant receiver on its roster, but elite quarterback play from Kirk Cousins will keep the passing game at a high level. The Stars will have to figure out the best combination out of four quality players in Joe Hills, Greg Little, Kenbrell Thompkins and Denarius Moore. Hills is coming off a disappointing year, while Little and Thompkins were last year’s starters, and Moore is a quality veteran starter from Nashville. At tight end, Tim Wright is coming off an All-SFL season but didn’t make the same amount of progress as he did in last year’s camp. Nevertheless, expect a solid performance out of him and for him to be in discussion for the 2016 All-SFL team awards.

Michigan Stags

Blake Bell – 6aa

Bakari Grant – 7

Ryan Grant – 7a

Marcus Henry – 7

Santonio Holmes – 9df

Mario Manningham – 9f

Casey Pierce – 6a

Marquess Wilson – 8a

Summary: Veterans Santonio Holmes and Mario Manningham silenced all critics about whether the two veterans had anything left in the tank after a sensational 2015 season in the Motor City. Manningham went on to set new franchise records in receptions (109) and receiving yeards (1,666) while Holmes finished 7th in the league in catches and 1,316 yards receiving. The two veterans worked hard with Zach Collaros from day one and really contributed to creating one of the more dangerous passing games in the league. Bakari Grant and Marcus Henry were very reliable at the number three and four spots last year, but looked to have been passed up by Marquess Wilson, coming off a terrific camp, and Ryan Grant. The team rarely uses a tight end, but look to use athletic rookie Blake Bell in-line and split out wide.

Minnesota Freeze 

Jaron Brown – 7a

Clarence Denmark – 8

Weston Dressler – 8

Marqueis Gray – 7

James Hanna – 7a

Dustin Keller – 7d

Keith Mumphrey – 7a

Rod Streater – 9cf

Summary: It will be interesting to see how the Minnesota passing game responds to the loss of All-SFL players Doug Baldwin and Danny Woodhead to the NFL. Rod Streater is still considered one of the better players in the league, but ended up third in receptions behind Baldwin and Woodhead. More will be expected out of Streater as he is now the team’s number one option. Opposite of him will probably be Clarence Denmark with Weston Dressler fitting in as an ideal slot. Although both players have talent much more will be expected out of the 27 combined catches they had last season. Jaron Brown and rookie Keith Mumphrey look to be in the mix for the number four spot and should see a considerate amount of playing time. At tight end, James Hanna looks to take over for Dustin Keller, but don’t expect more than a couple dozen receptions.

Nashville Renegades

Jamison Crowder – 8aa

Julian Edelman – 10f$

Donovan Morgan – 7

Maurice Purify – 8c

Mychal Rivera – 10f

Da’Rick Rogers – 6aa

Collin Taylor – 7

Summary: Nashville really bolstered its receiving corps with the addition of Julian Edelman. The former Kent State quarterback arrives after lighting it up in Orlando. Edelman has proven to be the most consistent receiver in the league, tying the season record with 17 touchdowns twice. Rookie Jamison Crowder is looking like a major break out player and could be opposite of Edelman. Maurice Purify has been an on-and-off player, but really stepped up his game at the end of last year. Donovan Morgan and Collin Taylor look like excellent complimentary additions for the fourth and fifth spots. Da’Rick Rodgers once looked like a future star player but has little chance chance of making this final roster. Mychal Rivera, is coming off a thousand yard season and is the best tight end in the league, however he has no backup.

New Orleans Nightmare

Jared Abbrederis – 6aa

Brelan Chancellor – 6a

Chase Clement – 6

S.J. Green – 8

Cody Hoffman – 6a

DeAngelo Peterson – 6

Kenny Stafford – 7a

Fred Stamps – 8df

Chris Williams – 8aa

Summary: One of the more productive receiving corps in the league will be missing its leading receiver with Marvin Jones bolting to the NFL. Nevertheless, the team returns three proven receivers in Fred Stamps, Chris Williams and SJ Green. Neither are elite, but all are very capable and combined hauled in 23 touchdowns last season. Jared Abbrederis still continues to work back from an injury and may lose the number four job to CFL veteran Kenny Stafford. Brelan Chancellor was a solid return option last year and that’s really his only chance at being in New Orleans in 2016. The tight end play in New Orleans has been atrocious for years and doesn’t look to have changed.

New York Marauders 

Marlon Brown – 8a

Mike Campanaro – 6aa

Brandon Coleman – 7a

Stefon Diggs – 8aa

Kevin Dorsey – 6a

Joseph Fauria – 8c

Stephen Hill – 7ci

Gator Hoskins – 6a

Ryan Otten – 6a

Jerry Rice Jr. – 6a

Andrew Turzill – 6a

Will Tye – 7aa

Summary: While the running game in the Big Apple has more questions than answers, the Marauders receiving corps will be returning their top two leaders in receptions with some nice additions to boot. Marlon Brown led the team in receptions (80), yards (1071), touchdowns (8) and looks to remain the teams number one option heading into the season, but rookie Stefon Diggs looks to be a star in the making. Don’t be surprised if Diggs outshines Brown by the end of the year and should be a tremendous help to Ryan Nassib. Stephen Hill will lose his spot as the number two wide out and be competing for the number three spot with Brandon Coleman and former first round pick Mike Campanaro. The Marauders made a nice addition in Joseph Fauria from the rockets and small school rookie Will Tye provides another receiving threat in two tight end sets.

Orlando Rockets

Nick Boyle – 6aa

Riley Cooper – 8af

Taylor Gabriel – 7aa

Rashaad Greene – 6aa

Rannell Hall – 6a

Trindon Holliday – 6f

Mycole Pruitt – 7a

Eric Rogers – 8a

Ryan Smith – 7a

Derel Walker – 7a

Luke Willson – 9

Summary: The rockets will look to try and get back to the Grand Finale in 2016 without their best receiver in Julian Edelman who was shipped to Nashville. For as solid and consistent as the Rockets have been over the past several years the expected production from the receiving corps is really unknown. Riley Cooper and Luke Willson will be the two main targets for Ricky Ray as they both hauled in over 60 receptions, but the only other name on the roster to have recorded a reception as an Orlando Rocket is Taylor Gabriel with seven receptions last year. This is not to say the Rockets don’t have talent for their receiving options, because they do, it’s just that they are all unproven. CFL All-Star Eric Rogers looks to have been a great free agent pick up as well as youngsters Nick Boyle, Rashaad Greene, Mycole Pruitt, and Derel Walker. The unproven players look have the talent to able to contribute, it’s just that will they be able to rise to the challenge and be consistent for an entire season?

Philadelphia Bulldogs

Davone Bess – 7d

Adarius Bowman – 8i

Justice Cunningham – 6aa

AJ Cruz – 6a

Shaquelle Evans – 6a

T.Y. Hilton – 10f$

Jesse James – 6aa

Tiger Jones – 8

T.J. Jones – 6aa

GJ Kinne – 6a

Ricardo Lockette – 7a

Chris Matthews – 8

Ryan McDaniel – 7a

Summary: Philadelphia quite possibly has the most well rounded out group of receivers in the entire league. The bunch is headlined by the best wide out of the league in T.Y. Hilton. Adarius Bowman, Chris Matthews, and Tiger Jones will all be jostling for the number two position with the losers getting the third and fourth spots. Regardless the Bulldogs will look very good on paper at their top four slots with several solid reserve options in Davone Bess, Ryan McDaniel, and Ricardo Lockette. As outstanding as the receiving corps is, the tight end position is not. The only tight ends on the team is NFL practice squad player Justice Cunningham and rookie Jesse James; neither of which will frighten any SFL defensive coordinators.

San Antonio Marshalls

Danario Alexander – 8cfi$

Isaiah Burse – 6a

Mike Davis – 6

Matt Furstenburg – 6

Jeff Janis – 6aa

James O’Shauhnessy – 7a

Tommy Shuler – 6a

Dion Sims – 8

Nathan Slaughter – 6aa

Taj Smith – 7

Marco Thomas – 8

Rod Windsor – 8

Summary: Sadly Danario Alexander has gone from an elite SFL receiver to an oft-injured and forgotten target. Alexander used to be the Marshalls top targeted receiving option, however he only registered fifth in team receptions with two of his peers in Rod Windsor and Marco Thomas passing him by last season. Alexander, Thomas, and Windsor will fight it out for the pecking order of the top three with Taj Smith serving as a solid number four. At tight end Dion provides the Marshalls another receiving option in the short to intermediate passing game and rookie James O’Shauhnessy looks like an interesting project that can contribute this year.

Seattle Orcas 

Emmanuel Arceneaux – 8

Brandon Banks – 6

Dezmon Briscoe – 7

Philly Brown – 7aa

Fred Davis -7d$

Greg Ellingson – 8

Chris Gragg – 7a

Jermaine Kearse – 9a

Khari Lee – 6aa

Terrell Owens – 8df

DeMarco Sampson – 7a

Jeffrey Solomon – 6a

Kasen Williams – 6a

Summary: The 42-year old Terrell Owens returns after a disappointing 2015 season and being outshined by local prospect Jermaine Kearse. Kearse had a breakout year hauling in 93 catches for 1,409 yards and established himself as the Orcas number one receiving option. Emmanuel Arceneux, Greg Ellingson, and Philly Brown have performed well enough to where Owens might be relegated to the fifth spot or even cut before the start of the season. Seattle looks to have solid depth at the receiver position with Dezmon Briscoe and DeMarco Sampson. While Brad Banks doesn’t offer much as a receiver, he is one of the most dangerous men in the return game. At tight end the Orcas looks rather pedestrian with Fred Davis only providing 24 receptions all last year and Chris Gragg looks to be a quality player, but offers no real improvement when compared to Davis.

Top 5 WR’s
1. T.Y. Hilton, Philadelphia Bulldogs
2. Julian Edelman, Nashville Renegades
3. Mario Manningham, Michigan Stags
4. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Orcas
5. Santonio Holmes, Michigan Stags

Top 5 Paid WR’s 
1. Julian Edelman, Nashville Renegades – $3.8M
2. Austin Collie, Atlanta Firebirds – $1.5M
3. T.Y. Hilton, Philadelphia Bulldogs – $1.1M
4. Danario Alexander, San Antonio Marshalls – $1.1M
5. Five tied at $800K

Top 5 TE’s
1. Mychal Rivera, Nashville Renegades
2. Luke Willson, Orlando Rockets
3. Tim Wright, Los Angeles Stars
4. Dion Sims, San Antonio Marshalls
5. Joseph Fauria, New York Marauders

Top 5 Paid TE’s
1. Niles Paul, Dallas Six-Shooters – $1.5M
2. Dion Sims, San Antonio Marshalls – $900K
3. Taylor Thompson, Dallas Six-Shooters – $900K
4. Fred Davis, Seattle Orcas – $800K
5. Jeff Heuerman, Columbus Explorers – $700K