The Cleveland Gladiators have added quarterback Danny Southwick and wide receiver Troy Pascley. The move evens out Cleveland’s roster out after trading Brandon Thompkins and Shane Boyd to the Baltimore Brigade on Monday.
Southwick, 35, will be entering his seventh AFL season and second run with the Glads after playing in one game for them during the 2013 regular season. Southwick has thrown for over 6,000 yards and 113 touchdowns so far in his AFL career.
In 2008, he saw some time with the Oakland Raiders. Last season, Southwick started the first three games of the season for the Portland Steel, throwing for a total of 751 yards and 13 touchdowns during the whole season.
Pascley, 28, will be entering his rookie AFL season. A native of Alliance, Pascley played his college ball at University of Louisville as a wide receiver. Pascley appeared in 19 games for the Cardinals. Pascley scored four touchdowns and earned 297 yards on completions.
Arvell Nelson has once again found a rhythm at the quarterback position, making Boyd expendable. Nelson is leading the AFL in rushing with 155 yards, Nelson’s 8.2 yards per carry also ranks tops in the league among anyone with at least 10 attempts.
Collin Taylor should expect to see a big jump in playing time with the departure of Thompkins. Taylor has caught four passes or less in three of his last four games and is yet to catch for over 100 yards in any game this season.
After scoring at least one touchdown in every game during the 2016 regular season, Taylor has already seen two games without a score in just his first six games despite averaging over 70 yards per game.
The Gladiators have also been assigned Defensive Back Damond Smith who has appeared in two games so far this season, ironically both when facing Cleveland as a member of the Tampa Bay Storm. Smith has not seen action since week three.
Cleveland has also placed offensive lineman Joe Madsen and defensive back Terry Johnson on reassignment.