I've updated all the logo's and team names, to grab them just;
go to controls, then participants and click "import configuration"
You should see the New Boston Beavers Logo ingame.
Once again, Atlantic City followed up a playoff season with a losing record. In fact, this cycle has been repeated three times since 2048. For 2054, the remnants of the 4-3 defense have been almost completely removed and a change to smash mouth offense has started. This includes letting some talented players go (reducing the overall depth) but also making some big splashes in free agency. With QB Graham and WR McLaurin not getting any young, a return to the playoffs is a must. To make that happen, the team is in a win now mode. Building depth is still a goal but significant cap money has been spent on getting some additional starting talent.
Note: all ratings are based on the Atlantic City scouting department. Your results may vary. New players are in bold.
Offense: The Phantoms have not had a 1,000 yard back since the 2049 season. Part of that was the philosophy and some was personnel. In the passing game, there has been a lack of talent beyond WR Dan McLaurin. Changes have been made in both areas.
Starter: Jared Graham - 9th year - 73/73
Backups: Jerome Burnett - 2nd year - 22/41, Alec Lockett - 2nd year - 15/23
Graham threw for 3,477 yards last year with 24 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He did see a dip in his QB rating to 89.0. Ratings wise, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. The key is finding a playbook that matches his talent. In addition, he needs talent around him. As you will see below, that area has improved. Although Graham is a pretty tough player, he did miss 2 games last year and ACI lacks a veteran backup. Burnett was brought in late as a free agent and is a whole lot better than 2053 7th round pick Lockett. That really isn't saying much, however. With some cap room available, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a veteran brought in after cut day.
Starter: Corey Densmore - 7th year - 61/61
Backups: Don Washington - 5th year- 59/59, Courtney Dozier - 6th year - 27/27
One of the biggest acquisitions this offseason was the signing of Densmore to a huge contract ($15 million in 2054). He ran for over 1,300 yards for Boston in 2052 but injuries limited him to only 269 yards in 7 games last year. The Phantoms hope for a bounce back season. Washington has been the part time starter for the past 3 seasons but he has never been able to grab onto the spot despite a good skillset. He enters the last year of his contract so maybe that will motivate him. With two above average backs on the roster, Dozier was signed to help the special teams.
Starter: Diego Loupe - 11th year - 49/49
Backup: Junior Garrison - 11th year - 48/48
Fullback is a toss-up as to who will be the starter. Loupe has been the starter since he was a 2nd round pick for ACI in 2044. Garrison was acquired for a 7th round pick to provide a 1-2 punch at this spot as the team emphasizes the running game a bit more. Neither one will be a huge run threat but will help in run and pass blocking.
Starters: Dan McLaurin - 11th year - 66/66, Maxwell Stephenson - Rookie - 55/72
Backups: Herman Sanford - 2nd year - 45/47, Joe Hahn - 6th year - 42/42, Jorge Horn - 2nd year - 31/36
McLaurin has caught more than 100 passes each of the past two seasons, including 121 last year. All of this with the rest of the receiving group average at best. This year, a new exciting addition arrives in 1st round pick Stephenson. The second receiver drafted, Stephenson has great hands and huge potential. He should reduce the double teams that McLaurin gets while opening up the entire passing game for Graham. Hahn starts his second season in Atlantic City after 29 catches in 2053. Sanford had a whopping 10 catches last year but does have some talent. He is a bigger threat in the punt return game but is a capable 4th receiver. Horn is lucky to have a job at this point and looks like a 4th round bust.
Starter: Stan Bernard - 6th year - 63/63
Backups: Jimmie Fields - 6th year - 40/40, Leonard Ferrer - 3rd year - 33/40, Jordan Collins - Rookie - 34/40
Next to Densmore, the most exciting offensive veteran addition is Stan Bernard, who cost a 2nd and a future 3rd. Back when Atlantic City had an exciting offense (yes, there was a day when that existed) they had excellent tight ends. Old timers may remember hall of famer Carlos Polhemus, who was a Phantom from 2037 to 2043. While Bernard is not a hall of fame player, he is the best tight end that has played for the Phantoms since Polhemus. In Alaska, he was stuck in the shadows of Jonah Blaine, who very well could be a hall of fame tight end. This is Bernards chance to shine. Fields, Ferrer and rookie Collins will look for any scraps left behind.
Starter: Eugene Williamson - 4th year - 51/51
Backup: Lance Hawkins - 2nd year - 36/70
One of the positions that is setup well for the present and future is Center. Williamson, a former 3rd round pick, is the starter with Hawkins, a former 5th round pick who looks like a nice surprise, waiting in the wings and getting better every week.
LG Starter: Eli Grebene - 8th year - 79/79
RG Starter: Patrick Sellers - 2nd year - 64/68
Backups: Henry Simmons - 7th year - 49/49, Sherman Mohler - 5th year - 33/33
Grebene has been a stud from the moment he was drafted as the 5th overall pick in 2047. Sellers was a 1st round pick in 2053 as the Phantoms continue to focus on offensive line talent. They form one of the better guard tandems in the league. Simmons is the primary backup at both spots while Mohler is a run block first guard who hopefully spends most of his time on the bench.
LT Starter: Kody Wagner - 7th year - 80/80
RT Starter: Glenn Hopper - 7th year - 50/50
Backups: Claude Stanton - 4th year - 38/38, Alejandro Finks - 3rd year - 36/43
Speaking of stud lineman, Wagner was the 5th overall pick in 2048. I sense a pattern here. This guy is a road grader who has only missed 3 games in 6 seasons. Hopper was part of the same draft as Wagner (3rd round) and is set to become a free agent at the end of the year. He should have something to prove to the rest of the league. Remember that statement about depth? Stanton and Finks are stop gap players only, although if pressed into duty the run game would be OK. The passing game? Don't tell Graham but ouch.
Coming Soon - Defensive Preview
Rookie Training Camp
1.13 WR Stan Garcia 32/58
2.15 S Chuck Richardson 28/72
3.14 LB Kendall Collins 28/53
4.13 S Leslie Carriger 23/48
5.15 G Clay Clayton 19/63
6.14 C Tim Strickland 25/61
7.13 QB Jose Close 5/31
UDFA RB Geoff McCareins 40/45
UDFA RB JT Wilcox 36/40
UDFA CB T Rebstock 24/38
Today we unveil our new look uniforms, home and away, as QB Timothy Joslyn poses for photos.