The Baltimore Brigade acquired quarterback Shane Boyd and wide receiver Brandon Thompkins from the Cleveland Gladiators today. The Brigade, in need of some offense during the teams lackluster start, definitely picked some up today.
Boyd is an arena league veteran who has played for several teams coast to coast across the league. In 2014, he led the San Antonio Talons to a resurgence offensively, and although he would go 1-8 as a starter, he led the Talons offense to where it hadn’t been since 2012. Prior to that he was the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm, leading them to a 34-13 lead in the third quarter of their playoff game in Jacksonville before losing 69-62.
For the past two seasons, he played with the Arizona Rattlers as a solid backup for Nick Davila. When the Rattlers made the move to the IFL, Boyd signed with the Cleveland Gladiators until being picked up by Baltimore.
Boyd started the season opener for Cleveland against the Tampa Bay Storm. After a mediocre performance in a loss, Boyd was benched for Tanner Marsh in Week 2 against Baltimore. Marsh could win, either, and he suffered a concussion.
Arvell Nelson, who led the team in 2016, was cut after one week of training camp. Since then, he has returned and has been the team’s starter since Week 3.
Thompkins broke onto the scene in Orlando with the Predators. In 2015, he caught 100 passes for 1266 yards and 23 touchdowns. The following year, he caught 134 passes for 1630 yards and 38 touchdowns. This year he has 24 catches for 282 yards and four touchdowns. He missed the first three games of the season due to injury.
Baltimore has also had their quarterback problems. After quarterback Chase Cartwright didn’t perform well Week 1, he was benched for Shane Carden. Carden has started ever since, but has only won one game.
The Brigade return home to face the Gladiators at the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore on Saturday.