Breaking Down the San Diego Fleet Quarterbacks

San Diego's offensive line

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In football, the most important position for any roster is the quarterback, and it’s no different for the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The quality of quarterback a team has greatly affects the team’s performance. While having a high-quality quarterback doesn’t guarantee you a championship, it certainly helps to have a strong one.

The San Diego Fleet have three quarterbacks on the depth chart. Those three quarterbacks go by the name of; Mike Bercovici, Alex Ross, and Ph5illip Nelson. Josh Johnson was the first overall pick of the inaugural “protect or pick” draft, but has recently signed with the Washington Redskins. It is still unknown if Josh Johnson will be a part of the Fleet in the coming months. Mike Bercovici was drafted in the second round, while Phillip Nelson and Alex Ross were taken in the 3rd and 4th rounds respectively.


Mike Bercovici, Qb, Arizona St

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Mike Bercovici is in line to be the starting quarterback of the fleet unless Josh Johnson returns. Mike Bercovici was an undrafted free agent in 2016 but found NFL experience with the San Diego Chargers.

Mike Bercovici was a strong quarterback in college when he played for the Sun Devils. In his senior season, he put up 3,854 passing yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions throwing 60%. Being in the PAC-12, Bercovici had adequate competition in his college career and still played well.

Bercovici’s raw skills are something that Fleet fans should be excited about. Bercovici is slightly faster than the average QB in the NFL. He ran a 4.84 in the 40-yard dash.

Unfortunately, Bercovici never saw playing time in the NFL; therefore we don’t exactly know how well he could have been. Either way, San Diego is glad to have such a great Quarterback.


Phillip Nelson, Qb, East Carolina

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Phillip Nelson was the 3rd round pick for the San Diego Fleet. Coming from ECU, he doesn’t have a whole lot of experience playing high-quality teams. Nelson had a very different college experience than others. He committed to Minnesota but then transferred to Rutgers. After being charged with a misdemeanor, Nelson played his final season at ECU. In college, Coach Mike Martz; who now coaches for the Fleet, suggested that NFL teams look into him.

Phillip had a mixed bag of stats throughout his college career, but in the NFLPA Collegiate All-Star bowl, Nelson went 11-18 with 100+ yards and a touchdown.

In conclusion, Phillip Nelson won’t be the future franchise quarterback for the team but is a solid choice for backup QB. Given the fact that Nelson played well in the All-star game, he may have other teams worrying.


Alex Ross, Qb, Coastal Carolina

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The final quarterback on the roster is Alex Ross. Alex will serve as the third-string quarterback for the team. Ross has true potential; with a strong training camp, he could even jump Phillip Nelson on the depth chart.

In College, Alex Ross was an All American and three-time Big South. Ross also holds the record for most total offense in the Big South with 11,482 yards. While Ross never played tough competition, he played like a champ with what he had. Alex Ross has too many awards to list including offensive player of the year for the FCS.

Although an unpopular opinion, Alex Ross was never given a chance for D1 College. If Alex Ross was able to destroy the completion in college, I don’t see why he would struggle in the AAF. Out of the three Quarterbacks on the roster, Alex Ross has the most potential. While he may see limited playing time this year, the AAF should keep an eye out for Mr. Ross.

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