Five players who could spice up the AAF

Ruben Holloway
February 15, 2019

The last piece of confetti at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is probably still floating around the facility somewhere, but that doesn't mean the end of football for the year. Why else would the National Football League combine, draft and minicamps get nearly as much attention as regular-season or even playoff games in other sports?

"The handle was relatively small to start, but we expect it to pick up as players get more familiar with the league", Stetz said.

That 2.1 rating - the highest for a non-NFL pro football game since a 2004 - equaled the overnight rating of ABC's Thunder-Rockets NBA game and nearly tied the Duke-Virginia men's college basketball game on ESPN (2.3).

Opening night on CBS averaged three million viewers despite the games (San Diego at San Antonio and Atlanta at Orlando) being regionally split at the same time.

Maybe people were waiting for more QB hits.

"It tells players they should not play in your league, because their ultimate goal - to get back to the NFL and play in the Super Bowl - will be undermined by the fact that you're directly competing with the partner that you want to be in business with". The AAF is essentially the new Arena Football League.

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Ebersol recently told FOX Business that the AAF was created to complement, rather than compete with the NFL.

Quarterback Garrett Gilbert - who briefly appeared for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL late this season - found wideout Jalin Marshall for the first touchdown in the league's history, a leaping grab that was overturned to a touchdown after being called incomplete on the field. "There's a lot more work to be done, so I'm excited to get back to work and get ready for San Antonio (in Week 2)".

San Diego quarterback Mike Bercovici had a decent evening, completing 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards, but was sacked six times and threw two interceptions, with his second interception resulting in him being benched by head coach Mike Martz with relief quarterback Philip Nelson in the fourth quarter.

If you're a fan of any particular team and you watch/listen closely enough, you'll notice some castoffs or draft choices that didn't pan out.

Washington was a standout linebacker for Kevin Sumlin from 2013-2016.

Sure, the novelty will eventually wear off. It actually felt like the game had a quicker pace and better flow to it by eliminating that play and since the kick return is still the play that causes the most concussions during the game, it would make the game safer.

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"We were pleasantly surprised that people not only wanted to see football in the alternative, but they were looking for a new way to engage with it".

As Pats fans we have all of the football we need for usually 19 games each season.

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Salt Lake at Arizona: My educated guess is you'll see a little bit of Wolford and Knight for the Hotshots.

Games won't be on broadcast television on CBS again (until the final).

That's because football, for better or worse, is forever.

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