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 Post subject: 2058 Los Angeles Outlaws Season Preview
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 5:49 pm 
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2058 Los Angeles Outlaws Season Preview

Head Coach Kris Sanders got the often-under-performing Outlaws into the first round of the playoffs last year only to exit early in his first year commanding the franchise. Sanders thinks this team can again find its way into the postseason—we think so too.

Offense

Projected Starters:

OL: LT Jacob Ellison, LG Ron Odegard, C Rickey Browning, RG Emmett Perez, RT Grady Burton

WR: SE Mitchell Sprinkle [FA], SE Harvey Bensen [R] SE Collin Foote [UDFA], FL Ken Leighton

TE: TE1 Everett Mardling, TE2 Rob Mayes, TE3 Shawn Fleming

RB: RB1 Brayden Whalen [FA], RB2 Keegan Blair, RB3 Gustavo Douglas, FB Austin Sivigny

Gone is the battering ram HB Richie Arnold. For many seasons, Arnold powered LA’s bruising rushing attack, allowing Bailey to develop. With a choice to give Arnold a deal or pay Bailey, the front office chose the franchise QB and Arnold shopped his services. Durham now owns the hammer—good luck Richie!

And so we turn to Roger Bailey—the 1st overall pick in the 2054 draft went over in LA like #metoo in Hollywood that season; turning in an abysmal 7TD -28 INT season as a rookie. And as a follow-up, he flat-out Blake Bortle’d his team into a 2055 playoff run. What we have seen from Bailey in the last two seasons however has given the franchise hope that maybe the young passer is ready to ‘eat’.

Free-agent pass-catcher Mitchell Sprinkle comes in as a complementing target to the diminutive slot weapon Ken Leighton and all-world TE Everett Mardling. While we expect these two to retain their share of the offense, Sprinkle should prove to be an asset to Bailey with his middle-of-field skillset and veteran presence.

Rookie Harvey Benson is a fine prospect and should come along nicely with this receiver group.
RB Whalen should be enough of a talent to lessen the blow of Arnold’s departure. He’s shown some early chemistry with the offensive line during preseason and seems to really have a feel for the offense. Look out for the 6’2”, 230 LBS bruiser Keegan Blair though--Arnold’s understudy has always performed well when called upon and could be a featured back in some key matchups this season.


Defense

43-under / Red Sky Variant

Projected Starters

DEFENSIVE LINE

WIDE (RE): Darren Shapiro / Bruce Nichols / Jared Pilcher
3T (RDT): J.J. Wisniewski / Rufus Krenn
NT (LDT): Gino Leaf / Butch Kochansky
5T (LE): Tevin Hanks / Louie Liddell

LINEBACKERS

EDGE (SLB): Winfred Abe / Amos Griffith
MLB: Howard "Fight Club" Ferguson
WLB: Jorge "Boogie" Vanderlaan

JOKERS:

LB Brady Moss / RE Deion Emerson

SECONDARY

COVER: Johnny Schwartz
TWO: Cary Barber [R]
NICKLE: Kevin Rector
RED (SS): Korey Jefferson
SKY (FS): Irving Jernigan

What is chaos on paper becomes beauty in action. Defensive Coordinator Artie Lyle has always fielded a solid defense. Last season, it took a step forward and helped return LA to playoffs. This year, the unit has set its sights on a championship.

Bailey might have more to say about that than they do, but defensive captain Peyton Fisk thinks his unit can be special. We share his confidence as the unit indeed looks the part on paper.

The money saved in letting Arnold hit the open market allowed for the Outlaws to be aggressive in free agency. For just $28m dollars, Lyle gets a do-it-all talent in LB Brady Moss to man his JOKER position and a dancing bear in DE Louie Liddell—a big guy who can play all the gaps. They should settle in nicely in a rotation with a talented group of line mates.

2057 2nd round pick NT Gino Leaf has come along quickly and looks to be the long term answer the Outlaws were hoping for after landing LB Howard Ferguson in the first. This year, man cover Johnny Schwartz got a running mate in rookie CB Cary Barber. This add moves DB Rector to nickel and gives LA a nice trio of starters in the secondary.

At the linebacker position, the firm of Ferguson and Vanderlaan welcome a new partner in 7th round project turned starter Winfred Abe – he is young but he plays with the instinct and violence Lyle likes and should make for a great edge defender.


--Go Outlaws

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