The Carolina Cobras have continued to round out their roster with another group of signings.
Another former Wichita Falls Nighthawk that Coach Billy Back has brought with him to Greensboro is the wide receiver Jermaine Jones.
Jones spent his 2016 rookie season playing with the Colorado Crush before being traded to the Nighthawks. During that season, he had caught 15 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones, a North Carolina native, wasn’t shy about his excitement of signing with a team in his own backyard.
“it’s a Blessing to be able to play in the home state, it’s always been a dream to be able to play in front of the home crowd. It gives my family opportunity to see me perform at a high level,” he said.
The Cobras have also brought on a pair of rookie defensive players in defensive back Peter Udoumoh and defensive lineman Omari Manhertz.
Manhertz entered rookie mini camp for both the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants prior to the 2017 NFL season after playing at the American International College, where he recorded 98 tackles including 14.5 sacks during his collegiate career. In the secondary, Udoumoh comes in off a college football career at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. For the Riverhawks, Udumoh was able to post two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
When asked about what stuck out to him most about the rookie pair, Coach Billy Back knew precisely what those traits were.
“Both of these young players will be key assets to our defense in 2018. Omari is a relentless pass rusher with the length to create passing lane problems for the opposing quarterback.” Back told Inside The Arena about his new lineman, who would fit well with his defensive package.
“Peter’s size and ability to shrink the field will be key in the secondary. With his speed at 6’3 208 pounds, he takes away the taller receiver threats in the league.” Back was quick to point out Udumoh’s offensive capabilities as well. “His ball skills are that of a wide receiver. If the ball’s in the air, I don’t see too many out jumping him or coming down with the ball.” In fact, Udoumoh served as a receiver briefly in college and had three total touchdowns to his credit.
The Carolina cobras have signed 13 players signed for the 2018 season since the team was announced on Dec 5th.