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Can Atlantic City reach .500?
The Phantoms have become a perennial top 5 team over the past few years. Unfortunately, that is top 5 in the draft. The fans, or at least what is left of them, are clamoring for some kind of results. A .500 record would be a great starting point for this mediocre team.
Note: all ratings are based on the Atlantic City scouting department. Based on the poor record recently, there is not much trust in their ability.
Offense: Young studs at quarterback and wide receiver are a great starting point. Questions at running back and depth issues at wide receiver and across the offensive line are a concern.
Starter: Jared Graham - 3rd year - 63/71
Backup: Kody Bauer - 6th year - 39/39
Graham has all the talent needed to be one of the better quarterbacks in the CFL. Take a look at his bars and you will be very impressed but it takes more than great ratings to be a successful player. In 2037, he threw for over 3,800 yards but had a QB rating of 73.1 and had more interceptions than touchdowns. The problem is way too many sacks (57 last year) and a poor overall supporting cast. If the young offensive line matures quickly (more on that later) Grahams stats should improve. Bauer is a capable backup for spot duty but is not a long term solution or quarterback project. This position is all Graham.
Starter: Julian Blake - 7th year - 43/43
Backups: Camden Benson - 2nd year - 38/48, Jeffrey Emack - 9th year - 32/32, Erik Petrie - Rookie - 31/36
Atlantic City lacks star power at running back. Blake got his chance to be the starting running back last year and he responded with 851 yards and a 3.9 yard average. If the Phantoms want to get out of the cellar, they need better production than that. The next best option is Benson, but he is likely 1-2 years away from making any kind of impact. For now, he will be the third down receiving back as he gains experience. Emack enters his contract year and it is likely his last as a Phantom. After six straight 1,000+ yard seasons, he dropped to 694 rushing yards in 2036 and then only 354 in 2037. Age is taking its toll. Petrie is a 4th round pick who shows some promise as a third down back and a punt returner, the latter being his best shot for playing time this year.
Starter: Diego Loupe - 5th year - 67/67
Backup: Lorenzo Bode - 6th year - 41/41
Loupe is one of the best fullbacks in the league. The key here is how to get him more involved in the offense. Look for more two back sets than in past years as Loupe could be the key to bring down the sacks allowed number. With five career rushing attempts, it also might be time to give him the rock a few more times. Bode is a quality backup who gives the position some depth.
Starters: Dan McLaurin - 5th year - 69/69, Eli Sawyer - 6th year - 40/40,
Backups: Josue O'Donnell - 8th year - 39/39, Everett Federspiel - Rookie - 31/44, Martin Banks - 2nd year - 35/35
McLaurin is the prime cut in this cheap buffet of a receiving corps. He was targeted 157 times last year and caught 76 of them, a percentage that needs to improve. The more you can get the ball in McLaurin's hand the more opportunity you have for big plays. On a side note, McLaurin recently tied for the second fastest 40 time in the league at 4.29 seconds. Sawyer had 46 catches in each of the past two seasons and is the second best receiver on the roster which is not really a good thing. O'Donnel has excellent hands and is a good option in four WR sets. Rookie Federspiel, drafted in the 5th round, looked very promising in rookie camp but had a terrible training camp. He is still slated to be the starting split end to start the season which is a scary proposition. Banks was a 2nd round pick last year who appears to be a bust of a pick. He will be given a chance to contribute but not much is expected of him.
Starter: Jeff Barker - 10th year - 42/42
Backups: Rob Whalen - 6th year - 34/34, Kelly Troxel - Rookie - 18/37
For years, Atlantic City always seemed to have top 10 (or even top 5) tight ends on the roster. That sure has changed. Barker enters his 10th season and is clearly on the downside of his career. He did have 45 catches and two touchdowns in 2047 and will still be a top target for Graham. Whalen is a below average backup who was rarely used last year and this year could be the same. Due to the three tight end roster rules, Troxel was signed before the first preseason game. He responded with a touchdown reception (where did that come from?) but should contribute on special teams immediately.
Starter: Bobby Stargell - 9th year - 44/44
Backup: Joey Horner - Rookie - 24/46
Major changes were made at the center spot and the hope is that the position will be adequately filled not only for this season but for many years to come. Stargell was signed in free agency as a guard but has been moved to center, his original position. An excellent pass blocker, this move should pay early dividends in pass protection. Horner was the third of three early offensive tackle selections in this year's draft. He was quickly moved to center and is the future of this position. He stumbled a bit in training camp but still should evolve into a solid player with good endurance.
LG Starter: Sedrick Janjic - 12th year - 49/49
RG Starter: Eli Grebene - 2nd year - 78/78
Backups: Silas Corbett - 5th year - 26/29, Emmanuel Lyle - 2nd year - 21/34
The elder statesman on the offensive line, Janjic enters the last year of his contract and, like Emack, is likely playing his last year in Atlantic City. His sacks allowed almost doubled (from 7 to 15) so there is some concern about his ability. The right guard spot is in great hands with 2047 5th overall selection Grebene. He also allowed 7 sacks last year but is an absolute monster in the run game. The backups, Corbett and Lyle, are roster filler at the moment. Look for the Atlantic City front office to find replacements of some sort on the waiver wire. Lyle is at least young and showed some promise in the past while Corbett is just bad.
LT Starter: Kody Wagner - Rookie - 45/79
RT Starter: Dan Walton - 3rd year - 32/52
Backups: Glenn Hopper - Rookie - 38/54
For the second straight year, the Phantoms chose an offensive lineman with the 5th overall pick. So far, the results look good as Wagner appears to be the real deal, although a bit light for a left tackle. It won't happen this year but a move to right tackle will surely happen down the line which would create one of the best guard - tackle tandems in the league. Walton was a high second round pick in 2046 who is huge at 6' 5" and 342 pounds. Hopper was the second of the three tackles drafted early in the draft this year. He started out as a right tackle but very well could be the left tackle of the future.
Defense: Back when Atlantic City had some success (almost 10 seasons ago), the strength of the team was at linebacker and a 3-4 defense. Names like Castillo, Stoner and Fisher were among the best in the CFL. Lately, the emphasis has been on building a strong defensive line and running more nickel sets out of a 4-3. It takes time and a bit of luck to build a strong set of linebackers so a move to a 3-4 is not in the works quite yet. However, you will see the emphasis switch over the next few seasons. The other big need is the elusive shutdown corner. They are harder to find than a star wide receiver so put that on the wish list. With all that being said, the starters across the front seven are pretty good but the depth is minimal. The same can be said about the safeties. The cornerbacks? Not so much.
LDE Starter: Steven Markley - 8th year - 51/51
RDE Starter: Jack Farley - 4th year - 73/73
Backups: Louis Dennis - 6th year - 47/47, Sawyer Wilson - Rookie - 35/44
Markley has started 111 of the past 112 games for ACI at left defensive end and has been a steady performer. You can pretty match count on 5-6 sacks per year from the veteran. Farley was drafted as a defensive tackle and has spent three seasons being a damn good one. At 282 pounds, he was always a bit undersized so this training camp he was moved to right defensive end. The entire organization is excited to see what he can do at his new position. Dennis is a good backup end with pass rushing skills but not much production in limited action. Wilson was drafted in the sixth round and is a project as a situational pass rusher as his ratings in that area are very impressive.
Left Defensive Tackle Starter: Ted Scancella - 8th year - 51/51
Right Defensive Tackle Starter: Pedro Zellweger - 6th year - 47/47
Backup: Darrin Arnold - 3th year - 39/39
With Farley moved to end and Benjamin Holmes retiring, the tackle spot needed attention in the offseason. Scancella, the primary backup to both spots his entire career, finally gets a chance as the starter. Zellweger was signed late in free agency to start at right defensive tackle. He is a good run defender who also recorded 3.5 sacks in 2047 as a reserve in Las Vegas. Arnold would prefer to be an end in a 3-4 but right now he is stuck as the lone backup for both tackle spots. Depth is a big concern.
Strong Side Linebacker Starter: Earle Elliot - 7th year - 53/53
Middle Linebacker Starter: Orlando Brennan - 5th year - 39/39
Weak Side Linebacker Starter: Walt Horton - 4th year - 46/46
Backups: Jon Hernandez - 4th year - 41/41, Britt Madison - 8th year - 34/34, Tyrus Pritchett - 3rd year - 31/36, Hugh Gunn - 2nd year - 27/37, Francisco Lundgren - Rookie - 21/33
Earle has spent his entire career at middle linebacker for the Phantoms but has moved to the strong. The hope is that he can be the next big time strong side linebacker for this franchise. With Earle at a new position as well as having low endurance, the other big change in the off season was the move of Hernandez to linebacker. Moving a young 50+ rated defensive end coming off a 7.5 sack year to linebacker is a risky move. The ratings aspect is questionable as he is now a 40+ player. Time will tell how it plays out on the field. The middle linebacker spot is a mess with Brennan the best of a weak bunch that includes Madison and Pritchett. It would not be a surprise to see Pritchett actually get the most playing time as he is a very stout run defender. Horton will hold down the weak side linebacker spot. He brings a good set of pass rushing skills but has only started five games in three seasons. Gunn and Lundgren are young projects with not a ton of upside at the moment.
Strong Safety Starter: Craig Fann - 7th year - 51/51
Free Safety Starter: Ted Money - 7th year - 35/35
Backups: Shaun Wheeler - 6th year - 47/47
Fann had a career year in 2045, which led to a holdout and a big, new contract. He has been good but not to the level of that contract, although he did record over 100 tackles last season. Preseason games have seen the Phantoms in a lot of Cover 1 defenses so Fann will be very aggressive around the line of scrimmage. Speaking of the Cover 1, this has led to a tactical move with Wheeler and Money. Wheeler is the better player but Money fits into the free safety profile so he will remain the starter. Wheeler will get his chance, however, as Money has low endurance and the lack of quality cornerbacks means that he will also see plenty of time as a nickel / dime back.
Left Cornerback Starter: Donald Newsome - Rookie - 41/54
Right Cornerback Starter: Peyton Beyer - 3rd year - 40/40
Nickel: R.J. Knoyle - 6th year - 37/37
Backups: Alex Dunn - 8th year - 34/34, Griffin Galloway - 2nd year - 34/39
The cornerback position has been a mess for years in Atlantic City. There have been at least two corners drafted each year for the past five years with poor results. Free agent signings haven't been much better. This year, the Phantoms traded for a right corner and signed the other as an undrafted rookie. Beyer is a tiny corner at 5' 6" and only 176 pounds but gets a chance to start for his new team. Newsome was passed over by every team in the CFL and has been the biggest surprise of training camp (at least in a positive way). On most teams he would probably be a solid nickel / dime back but in Atlantic City he is a starter. Like Beyer, he is small (5' 8" and 178 pounds) which is part of the reason why he wasn't drafted. Knoyle is penciled in as the nickel back but as we mentioned earlier, look for safety Wheeler to split that time. Dunn is a veteran who is mostly a placeholder while Galloway moves back to cornerback after spending a season riding the bench at safety.
Starter: Nick Ali - 2nd year - 40/54
Ali was the backup punter in 2047 and played in two games. He was not signed as a restricted free agent but returned after training camp when no better situations were available. Good power and directional skills are his best assets.
Starter: Kent Wilcox - 7th year - 65/65
Wilcox returns for his second season in Atlantic City and needs to have an excellent season if this team is to succeed. In 2047, he was 25/28 so he is very reliable.
Kickoffs: Federspiel - 57 Emack - 50
Punts: Petrie - 56, Sawyer - 54,
The ratings speak for themselves here. All are good, not great, returners.
I'm giving you a week to create your playbook and change weight/positions of your players. Plus we are getting together for a FOF8 discussion on tuesday.
We will be discussing FOF8 on Tuesday 28th @ 5 pm MST.
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Hope to see ya on tuesday,
Turftoe mentioned something in the draft app about me having a guide discussion to FOF8.
We could do it on Team during the Week Break before training camp, would anyone be interested?