Should The Tampa Bay Lightning Be Concerned?

Stammer

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are seen as one of the most talent rich teams in all of hockey. They have superb scoring ability with the likes of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point. They have some great defensemen in Ryan McDonough and the 2018 Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman. On top of all of that, they have the reigning Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy. Oh and don’t forgot about their young players as well. They have rising stars such as an unbelievable two-way forward in Anthony Cirelli and promising defensemen in Erik Cernak along with Mikhail Sergachev.  These are just a handful of the puzzle pieces that head coach Jon Cooper has to play with. Most NHL teams would give up tons of capital in order to assemble just half of those players on one team. However, Jon Cooper has yet to hoist a cup. His team seems to be skidding from the outside looking in to start off the season. Is this cause for concern? Or is the hockey community as a whole doing a disservice to the Lightning and setting the bar too high? We’ll dive a bit deeper and look at the raw numbers.

Numbers With Context

The Tampa Bay Lightning had one of the best seasons in NHL history in their 2018-2019 campaign. Anybody who followed the Lightning will appreciate just how good of a season the Bolts had. Take away all of the sheer numbers that in fact confirm how great the Lightning were. Just on the eye test alone, the Lightning looked as if they were playing NHL 19 on rookie mode throughout the season. They toyed with opponents on both specialty units and weren’t too shabby five-on-five as well. Still, many will remember the season for the way it ended. Instead, I suggest you remember just how dominant this team was. That said, lets look into how the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 team compare through ten games.

2018-2019 (10 Games): 7-2-1, 15 points

2019-2020 (10 Games): 5-3-2, 12 points

Looking at just pure standings numbers, we see pretty clearly that the Lightning aren’t too far from last years figures. Even without proper context, we see that only three points separate both teams. Add in the fact that if the Lightning would’ve won only one of their OTL’s we would only see a one point difference. Now, if we extrapolate a little further we see that through ten games in 18′-19′ the Lightning played at home one more time. Dive even deeper, and according to Hockey-reference.com, the Lightning have the toughest strength of schedule so far. This contrasts the 2018-2019 season when they had the second easiest strength of schedule.

Odd Stat Out

We see that these two teams are similar statistically. However, what gives? To me this is a two-parter and it involves goals against, along with the Lightnings’ special teams play. The Lightning so far have given up 32 goals against. On the other side of the rink, they’ve potted 34 goals for. Both of these measures aren’t terribly bad or terribly good compared with the rest of league. However, the biggest drop-off has been the Bolts’ special teams play. They currently rank 10th in the NHL for power play percentage at 24%. This isn’t too far off of the 2018-2019 percentage through the first 10 games when they were at 26%. The glaring stat is that of the teams’ penalty kill. Currently in that stat they rank 28th in the NHL. Last year the Lightning boasted the regular season’s best penalty kill.

The Final Verdict

Listen up fellow Bolts fans. The Lightning are and will continue to be a talented and well coached team. How will they finish? Will they make the playoffs? Will Stammer, Kuch, and Heddy finally hoist a cup? I cannot see into the future, therefore I cannot answer any of these questions. I do however know that the panic button should by no means be pushed. Jon Cooper’s seat is nice and frosty and his team is prepared to strike. As we see above, statistically the Lightning are not far off from last years historic season through ten games. A little deflection here and a stop there and the Tampa Bay Lightning are still seen as the league’s biggest threat. All the Bolts need to do is stop committing costly penalties, have a sharper penalty kill, and tighten up defensively as a whole.

 

 

Wednesday Night Hockey

It’s Wednesday boys! You know what that means. That’s right, there’s going to be plenty of fun hockey on tap. Tonight we have a great evening of games that really highlight two very different tales of the tape. Up first at 7:30 ET we have the Detroit Red Wings facing off against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Shortly after the puck drops in Ottawa we have a clash between two of the flashiest teams in the league in Tampa Bay. At 8:00 ET we have the Geno Malkin-less Penguins going to battle against the star studded Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.

Detroit Red Wings Vs. Ottawa Senators

Ehh…well this one might be a bit of a snooze fest huh boys? Oh well though cause you know we love the game regardless of who’s playing here at VFTPB. This game features quite the contrast from the 8 o’clock showdown down in Tampa. This won’t stop these teams from these putting it all on the line in this one. Both teams are trying to find an identity, but quite frankly I think everyone can see what those identities are from the outside. These are two young teams that are in the process of rebuilding.

The Red Wings couldn’t have picked a better GM to bring them back to hockey in the summer. You better believe Wings legend himself Steve Yzerman will absolutely put these guys back on track. He made his message loud and clear this offseason right off the bat drafting a surprise pick in German defenseman, Moritz Seider. Were many people surprised, especially with the amount of talent still on the board? of course. Was I? no. Being a Tampa native I know better than anyone that everyone out there ought not question Stevie Y. He will be bold but he will, in the long term, make this franchise the franchise they used to and should be.

In the offseason the Ottawa Senators took a bit of a similar angle to Detroit and drafted Finnish defenseman Lassi Thomson. These moves make sense as both teams bled goals against all year long last year. The Wings gave up 277 goals while Ottawa gave up a league high 302!

Currently while both teams are still in the Atlantic division cellar, they’ve at least somewhat improved. Neither are the worst in goals-against in the Atlantic, with the Toronto Maple Leafs taking that cake. However, both teams have the worst two goals-for total. It’ll be interesting to see which team will prevail when the early candidate for stinker game of the year comes to Ottawa.

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Now this is going to be an absolute fun one to watch. At 6-4 the Pittsburgh Penguins may not look peak pens, but they look solid. They started the year off 6-2 before finally seeing the effects of losing star forward Evgeni Malkin catch up to them. However, they’ve shown flashes so far this season hinting that they’re determined to put last year behind them. Sidney Crosby is throwing backhanders into the net every night and Kris Letang looks to be playing extremely confident. While they’ll miss Malkin’s scoring prowess, you’ve gotta believe that the penguins will stay focused. They look to improve to 7-4 down in Tampa Bay after dropping a frustrating 4-2 game to the Florida Panthers.

On the other side of the face-off dot we have the Tampa Bay Lightning. Did the absolute wagon of all wagons lose its wheels and fly off a cliff last year? Yes. Don’t worry though Bolts fans, you signed Patty Maroon and Kevin Shattenkirk in the offseason. Everything’s peachy right? Um probably not. The Tampa Bay Lightning have looked out of sorts through eight games. At times they look like a powerhouse, steamrolling through Toronto and Montreal. Other times they put up stinkers like they did Saturday night to Colorado Avalanche. Can they shut out the noise and stay motivated to put wins up on the board? We’ll see tonight when the Bolts look to improve to 5-3-1.

Introducing Views From The Penalty Box

Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty, left, takes a swing at Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk during third-period NHL hockey game action in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, March 25, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

From the makers of the popular “The Challenge Flag” blog, we present: Views From The Penalty Box. This fun and interactive hockey community will cover absolutely everything from advanced analytics to the funniest chirps of the week. It may not be very organized, but we’ll make damn sure that you’ll enjoy our insightful, yet delightful play on the best sport currently on TV in October (Don’t @ me)

Top 10 Players To Watch At The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine

It’s finally here! The NFL’s annual scouting combine will be held from Feburary 26th to March 4th inside of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. As exciting as each years draft may be, the combine always has huge implications on draft day. Some guys’ draft stock may rise, while others may drop. If you’d like to cut through the bulk of the week long process, tune into these players who I think will shine.

1. Kyler Murray

Everybody will be tuned in to watch Kyler sling the football around at the combine….or maybe not? According to the Associated Press, Kyler Murray has not yet decided which drills he will participate in at the combine. This has led many draft experts to wonder whether he’ll throw at all in the combine. Regardless, Murray is THE player to watch out for at the combine. We may not know what Kyler does in the future with football or baseball yet, however, we do know this guy can absolutely ball. He isn’t your ordinary dual-threat quarterback, and he proved that in his final year at Oklahoma, accumulating over 4,000 passing yards and 42 passing TDs. He can float balls with ease down the field and make touch throws right after. Oh and he can run pretty good for a quarterback as well.

Kyler Murray 67 Yard Touchdown Vs Texas Longhorns by NCAA Football Highlights


Need I say more?

2. Nick Bosa

Nick Bosa with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2017

Bosa is the best prospect in this years draft and it’s really not even close. He’ll be a plug and play staple on whichever defense he plays on at the next level. Many draft experts think he may even be better coming out of Ohio State than his older brother, Joey. Using his speed alone, he beats tackles right at the line of scrimmage, but its his excellent ability and technique that puts him over the top. Put a tackle, tight end, running back or whatever you want in front of him, he’ll still blow by them. During his three years at Ohio State he piled up 17.5 sacks, 29.0 TFLs, and 2 FFs.

3. Josh Allen

Josh Allen during his time at the University of Kentucky in 2018

If your favorite team is in need of a pass rusher but isn’t in line for the first overall pick, Josh Allen is your guy. Allen is a guarenteed top 5 pick, and for good reason. During his time at Kentucky, Allen wasn’t just a good player. He took over games on defense and helped revitalize a football program at a school known for their athletes on the hardwood. In his four years at Kentucky, he got to opposing QB’s a ridicoulous 31.5 times with 17 of those sacks coming in his senior year. He also added 220 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 11 forced fumbles, and 8 passes defended. In other words, this guy is an absolute monster.

4. Ed Oliver

Oliver defending the run against USF in 2017

I was tempted to put Rashan Gary here, but I have to give a shoutout to my Group of Five players instead. All jokes aside, Ed Oliver is a deserving possible top ten pick. The 2x All-American may be a tad undersized at DT but his stats at Houston are nothing to scoff at. He is a speedy, yet powerful rusher at the defensive tackle position. As a true freshman he accumulated 5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss and never looked back. Sure, there was some drama surrounding him during his senior year, but that shouldn’t affect his draft stock. He will look to show scouts just how irresistible and hard to find his traits are at this years scouting combine.

5. D.K Metcalf

Ole Miss Wide Reciever D.K Metcalf

*insert insane picture of D.K Metcalf here*

I once wondered why D.K Metcalf was rated so much higher than his Ole Miss counterpart A.J Brown. I found out quickly why. Freakish traits aside, D.K Metcalf playmaking ability pops off the screen. Whenever a reciever can combine height and athletism, scouts seem to follow them. D.K Metcalf can dust DBs or he can just jump over them in the endzone. Even though he was sidelined many times during his college career, he shined whenever he was on the field. This years highest rated pass catcher should impress just about anyone watching the combine.

6. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

Marquise brown in the 104th Rose Bowl game

Pure speed. “Hollywood” Brown should provide us with eye-popping 40 yd dash times. Furthermore, Brown offers traits that quite literally every NFL team would want. If your team is in need of a deep threat weapon like Brown, and don’t want to pay Desean Jackson loads of money, draft this man. During his time at OU Brown dusted defensive backs on his way to an impressive 2,413 yds and 17 TDs line in only two years.

7. Josh Jacobs

Jacobs in the 2019 CFP National Championship game

Jacobs is a uber-talented running back that everyone should’ve already been paying attention to. He should make headlines at the combine and further prove why he’s a legitimate first round talent. Jacobs hasn’t had the production that you’d like from a first round talent (he played at talent rich Bama), but his tape speaks for itself. The junior running back doesn’t just run well. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, return punts/kicks, and block for his teammates. His Alvin Kamara-like qualities should bring NFL scouts to Indy with the name Josh Jacobs underlined.

8. Andreaz “Greedy” Williams

Williams playing against Florida in 2018

Greedy is an interesting prospect that many scouts want to see more of. Since his final game at LSU, Williams’ draft stock has fluctuated a ton. The combine should give us a little bit of a more clear view of how teams feel about him. There’s no doubt that Williams is the most talented and potential filled cornerback prospect of the draft. However, the sophmore defensive back has limited experience and had a large drop off in production after his freshman year.

9. Deandre Baker

Baker at the 2018 CFP National Championsip game

Deandre Baker is a much more experienced and consistent cornerback prospect than Greedy Williams. The only knock on Baker is that he’s significantly more undersized than Greedy. On top of that, while he did play in more games, he produced at a lower rate than Williams. Regardless, Baker is an NFL ready defensive back that should become a first round pick. If he performs well at the combine, Baker can ensure his spot as a first round talent.

10. Rodney Anderson

Anderson while still at the University of Oklahoma in 2018

With my final pick for who to watch out for at the 2019 NFL scouting combine, I offer up a wild card. Anderson brings up red flags to most NFL teams as his college career was plauged by injuries. However, Anderson was a force of nature in his only full season. In 2017 Anderson rushed for over 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also great at catching the football, doing so 17 times for 281 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2017. This years combine is absolutely critical for Anderson, and his fight to improve his injury-prone image.

AAF 2019, Week 1 Recap: Spurrier’s Apollos Dominate In Debut, Wolford Is The Face Of The League

Atlanta Legends at Orlando Apollos


Orlando defensive end Ryan Davis Sr. (95) celebrates after a sack during the Atlanta Legends at Orlando Apollos Alliance of America football game at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, February 9, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

Apollos dominate on both sides of the ball

AAF History was made in this game as the first points in league history were scored. Atlanta opened up the scoring with an early field goal, kicked by a familiar face to most fans of the game, Former LA Chargers Kicker Younghoe Koo. Steve Spurrier’s Apollos turned up the volume after they fell behind in the first quarter, tallying up an impressive 40 points. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert was named Offensive Player of The Game after throwing for 277 yards with 2 TDs. The most notable touchdown for Orlando was actually a reception by their QB, turning the “Philly Special” into the “Orlando Special”.

There wasn’t much to be excited about when it came to the Atlanta Legends. Both Quarterbacks ended up throwing an interception, including a pick-six thrown by backup QB Aaron Murray. Their starter, Matt Simms, may have thrown his hopes at a professional career away with a horrific performance.


FINAL SCORE: ORLANDO 40 – ATLANTA 6

San Diego Fleet at San Antonio Commanders


Mekale McCay splits defenders after a catch as the Commanders host San Diego at the Alamodome in the opening game for the Alliance of American Football league on February 9, 2019 (Tom Reel, Staff / Staff photographer )

The Commanders rally to take the lead in the 4th

While the game in Orlando was full of exciting action on offense, this game was just the opposite. Both defenses shined as there were multiple turnovers throughout regulation, including a game-sealing pick in the end zone by Cornerback Zack Sanchez.

One of the most thrilling parts of this game was the showcase of real football finally making a return. San Diego’s QB Mike Bercovici took an absolutely brutal hit early in the first quarter, giving many football fans a lot to be excited about.

While the offense was lacking, San Antonio led an impressive drive late in the 3rd quarter and scored to begin the 4th. Runningback Kenneth Farrow helped the Commanders take the league with a touchdown run in the red zone. This wasn’t the prettiest win for San Antonio, but their ability to finish strong will give Head Coach Mike Riley plenty of confidence moving into their contest next week against the impressive Orlando Apollos.


FINAL SCORE: SAN ANTONIO 15 – SAN DIEGO 6

Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron


Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson runs as the Birmingham Iron defeated the Memphis Express 26-0 in the Alliance of American Football’s debut at Birmingham’s Legion Field on Feb. 10, 2019. (Vasha Hunt | AL.com)

Birmingham’s defense is as strong as Iron

I told you all to watch Trent Richardson in my ‘Players To Look Out For’ post, and I’m going to allow my head to become as big as possible here. Richardson looked like his rookie self in the Iron’s debut on Sunday afternoon. Though he didn’t rack up as many rushing yards as I thought he could, he was a bruiser at the goal line scoring 2 TDs and finishing with 72 all-purpose yards. Another impressive player on the Iron was Quarterback Luis Perez, who threw for 252 yards with a completion percentage of 58%.

For Memphis, the Quarterback position was a problem and that may cause my head to deflate a tiny bit. Last week, I told you to watch out for Quarterback Christian Hackenberg. You probably keep an eye on him, but for the wrong reasons. Hackenberg had a terrible day completing just 47% of his passes and throwing a wacky interception that you can’t quite pin on him:

Hack was later replaced to start the 4th quarter by backup Brandon Silvers, who threw an interception of his own. The Memphis Express have a real issue at the Quarterback position, and have made an attempt at solving it quick. Their new signing, JaMarcus Russell, is a familiar name to most. The Memphis coaching staff will have to put a real emphasis on maintaining possession of the football.

FINAL SCORE: BIRMINGHAM 26 – MEMPHIS 0

Salt Lake at Arizona

Wolford picks apart Salt Lake’s defense

This may have been the AAF Game Of The Week. Both teams played tremendous D through the first few drives. Arizona managed to take the lead late in the 1st Quarter, with Salt Lake Running Back Asiata pounding the goal line to tie it to start the 2nd. After Salt Lake Quarterback Josh Woodrum went down with a hamstring injury just before halftime, it all went downhill. Arizona Quarterback John Wolford had himself a day, throwing for 275 yards and 4 TDs. Most of those yards came from one man, Wide Receiver Rashad Ross, who racked up 103 receiving yards with an average of 20.6 yards per reception and caught two TDs. If Salt Lake remained healthy on offense, this may have been a more competitive game down the stretch. Unfortunately, key players for the Stallions were out before halftime allowing Arizona to dominate.

The Stallions should hope for their starting Quarterback to get healthy as fast as humanly possible. If not, they will have a very long season.

FINAL SCORE: ARIZONA 38 – SALT LAKE 22

Cleveland Takes a Chance on Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018

Kareem Hunt is heading back home to Cleveland. The former Kansas City Chiefs running back signed a one year prove-it deal according to ESPN. Earlier today NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted the following in regards to contract details:

There’s no doubt that the former Toledo Rockets star is happy to be back in his hometown and playing football again on sundays. However, Hunt is still currently on the commissioner’s exempt list until further discipline is determined. The Browns have nothing to lose with signing him to a one year deal. If Hunt proves that he’s still the former rushing yards leader that he was, the Browns win. However, if the NFL hands down a harsh suspension, they can easily cut ties with little to no impact on their cap space. The Browns hope he can replicate his numbers before his release from the Chiefs. According to Yahoo Sports, in 2018 Hunt rushed for 824 yds and 7 TDs in only 11 games played.

Hunt already expressed his remorse on an ESPN interview he recorded soon after a video of him pushing and kicking a woman was released by TMZ. After signing with the Browns, he once again apologized according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com:

“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable,” Hunt said in a statement. “That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact. I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. I’m a work in progress as a person, but I’m committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself.” 


NFL.com

This of course means that former Chiefs and current Browns GM John Dorsey is willing to take another chance on Hunt. It will be exciting to see how Hunt’s case with the NFL will develop and what role he will have behind running back Nick Chubb.

Who To Look Out For On Every AAF Squad

The Alliance Of American Football kicks off its inaugural season on Saturday, February 9th. In this blog, I’m giving you the one guy you should keep an eye on for each team when watching the games this weekend.

Arizona Hotshots

Trevor Knight in practice with the Hotshots

Trevor Knight – QB

In the AAF QB Draft, the Arizona Hotshots took a chance on a local former NFL longshot. Trevor Knight went undrafted in the 2017 NFL draft, and signed a 3 year, $1.66 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Knight failed to win the backup job, and was subsequently waived. He was later signed to the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad, only to end his season early undergoing back surgery. During his Senior year at Texas A&M, Knight threw for 2,432 yards, 19 TDs, and 7 INTs with a passer rating of 123.2.

Although he didn’t succeed in Arizona the first time, Knight returns with a chip on his shoulder. Look for him to take some big shots down the field as he scrambles out of the pocket.

Atlanta Legends

Stephen Hill with the New York Jets in 2012

Stephen Hill – WR

The WR who scored the highest broad jump in the 2012 NFL Combine is making a return to the spotlight. 28 year-old Stephen Hill struggled in his first two seasons in the league, despite having a decent highlight reel at Georgia Tech. However, the grizzled vet will face a new challenge with the Atlanta Legends where he will be tasked with leading a very young WR core.

Head Coach Brad Childress resigned a month before kickoff, after implementing an air raid playbook to his offense. There hasn’t been much time to redesign an entire offensive scheme, so make sure to watch the 6’4, 210 pound receiver as he will be targeted in many different ways.

Birmingham Iron

Trent Richardson with the Cleveland Browns in 2012

Trent Richardson – RB

He hasn’t been around football in over a year, but Trent Richardson is ready for a comeback. The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is probably the most intriguing player in the entire Association. With a troubled past, including a third-degree domestic violence charge in 2017, Richardson is hoping to look towards the future while replicating his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns where he averaged nearly 4 yards per carry and racked up 11 TDs.

Once regarded as a “sure-thing player”, and now a total NFL bust, Richardson seeks to silence his doubters. Keep an eye on him as he can be lethal once he gets in open space.

Memphis Express

Christian Hackenberg with the New York Jets in 2016

Christian Hackenberg – QB

Last week, Christian Hackenberg was named as the starting QB for the first time in his professional career. Selected in the 2nd round of the AAF QB Draft, Hackenberg outperformed 1st round selection Troy Cook to win the job. The 23 year-old former New York Jet believes he has fixed the issue with his throwing motion that kept him off the field during his time in the NFL.


“I don’t think I’ve ever thrown the football this good. I wish I had this five years ago. But the good news is I’m 23, not sure that I could do it and I did it. Now it’s just about going out and playing.”

Christian Hackenberg to Pennlive.com

This gunslinger has plenty of potential and can only get better at such a young age. Look for him to connect deep with his veteran WR Chris Givens.

Orlando Apollos

Frankie Hammond Jr with the Florida Gators in 2011

Frankie Hammond Jr. – WR

Two National Champions are teaming up on this Orlando squad. WR Frankie Hammond Jr. will be the centerpiece of an offense run by former Florida Gators Head Coach Steve Spurrier. Unfortunately, one of Hammond’s key attributes is his talent on special teams. The AAF has removed kickoffs from the game entirely, so his capabilities as a return specialist no longer add to his skillset.

Hammond has game breaking speed and will be targeted early and often. Look for him to beat his man off the line and make multiple people miss on his way into the endzone.

Salt Lake Stallions

Tenny Palepoi with the Chargers in 2016

Tenny Palepoi – DE

After being drafted in 2014 by the Chargers and starting in all 16 regular season games, Tenny Palepoi would go on to have an injury-riddled professional career. To make matters worse, he was suspended in 2016 for PEDs. With a rocky road behind him, Palepoi is now the star of the Salt Lake Stallions front seven.

Opposing offensive lines will have a tough time keeping Palepoi from getting in the backfield. Expect a few tackles for loss in his AAF debut.

San Antonio Commanders

Kenneth Farrow with the San Antonio Commanders in the 2019 preseason

Kenneth Farrow – RB

Former Houston Cougar and San Diego Charger, Kenneth Farrow, is a human truck stick. His junior year highlight tape is nothing but good ole’ fashioned bulldozing. Not only that, but he packs some quickness in his step as well. Farrow gets another shot at showcasing his running ability with the Commanders, after flaming out as an undrafted free agent in the NFL.   


“You really have to know the front of the defense just because it gives you an idea of the way a play is going to unfold. As a running back, things change all the time. It’s an instinctual position so you can’t rely on just the play call. You have to have a pre-snap idea of where everyone could be instead of where they are now.”

Kenneth Farrow on the RB position

When the Commanders are at the goal line, watch Farrow. He will get the ball, and he will lower his shoulder for the touchdown.

San Diego Fleet

Josh Johnson with The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008

Josh Johnson – QB

Josh Johnson played for an NFL team for the first time in 4 years in 2018. The veteran QB nearly kept the Washington Redskins’ playoff hopes alive in week 16, but fell apart mostly because of their defensive performance. The San Diego Fleet will rely heavily on Johnson’s leadership abilities to help guide their young roster.

Johnson’s highlights from Week 15 of the 2018 NFL season

Look for Johnson to use his legs more often than not, allowing him to keep the defense honest when he actually does decide to pass.