The Alliance of American Football teams are finished with training camps and are in the process of trimming their rosters to the 52 man maximum. This will leave a lot of great talent without a home. Cuts need to be made by midday today (1/29). Players all had a shot to prove what they could bring to the table with all eight teams competing in the very first preseason games. AAF coaches have praised their teams and all of the player’s commitment to the game, so roster cuts won’t come easy. Below are the teams that played and the corresponding scores
Orlando Apollos 31-28 San Diego Fleet
Salt Lake Stallions 29-22 Memphis Express
Arizona Hotshots 36-17 Birmingham Iron
San Antonio Commanders 37-11 Atlanta Legends
The preseason game did provide some insight into how well the teams are adapting. A lot of talk has been focused around the excitement of the “onside kick” equivalent. The Fleet, in their comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, converted the first of their two attempts, which led to a touchdown and missed the second by just a yard. I mentioned in an earlier article (HERE) that I am a HUGE fan of this new system. It eliminates the “lucky bounce/roll” and puts the game in the hands of the offense and defense. I truly believe we will see more conversions, which in turn will lead to more exciting finishes! The Fleet was just one yard short of having the chance to march down the field and tie/take the lead. Close games will keep people in the seats and fans roaring until the end. An interesting facet to the game, and very glad we got to see it implemented already.
Stay tuned for roster updates from our team writers on the AAF roster cuts. We will provide them as soon as we get them!