It was a total bummer when the “Alliance of American Football Suspended Operations” and the league folded. One of the things I was most interested in was seeing if any of the really good players from the league got another shot in the NFL. I was pleased to see some Quarterbacks get some playing time in week one of the NFL preseason. Here are some of the QB’s I saw on the stat sheets this morning:
Garrett Gilbert (Cleveland Browns) – 14/22 for 135 yards.
I thought Gilbert was the best QB in the AAF and was glad to see him get some decent playing time in week 1. He will be a good addition to a Browns team expected to compete this season. Gilbert played for the Orlando Apollos in the AAF.
Josh Woodrum (Washington Redskins) – 6/11 for 44 yards and 1 INT.
Not a great stat line for Woodrum but he had as good if not better stats than Dwayne Haskins (8 of 14 for 117 and 2 INTs). Not sure where Woodrum will fit into this roster other than the #3 QB slot. Woodrum played for the Salt Lake Stallions in the AAF.
Logan Woodside (Tennessee Titans) – 14/19 for 138 yards and 2 TDs.
Woodside had a short stint with the Titans back in 2018 so bringing him back after spending some time in the AAF may be a good move for the Titans. He had a great stat night in the Titans preseason victory over the Eagles. He is clearly the #3 QB on this team right now. Woodside played for the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF.
Matt Simms (Atlanta Falcons) – 8/17 for 86 yards.
Not a great night for Simms….but I am sure he is just happy to back in the NFL. Simms was on Atlanta back in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (on and off the team during that time frame). No question that Simms will be no higher than the #3 QB on this team. Simms played for the Atlanta Legends in the AAF. (note – Simms played college for the University of Tennessee…so I am a fan of his).
Players to watch this weekend:
John Wolford (Los Angeles Rams). Wolford had a nice season in the AAF before it went away and the Rams now have him on the roster. Wolford played for the Arizona Hotshots in the AAF.
I will be on the lookout for other previous AAF players that standout on the stat sheets. The NFL is in need of a minor league system and hope they figure that out someday.
Here are the passing stats for the AAF in 2019: