BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Brigade announced today the signings of 23 players to the team’s training camp roster, including linebacker Dexter Jackson, defensive linemen Justin Lawrence and Terrance Taylor, fullback Rory Nixon and wide receiver Quentin Sims.
Jackson has played for five teams in his seven-year Arena Football League career, most recently the Tampa Bay Storm in 2017. The Jacksonville native was named Second Team All-Arena playing for his hometown Sharks in 2016. Jackson has tallied 21 sacks in his career and at least three in three of the last four seasons.
Lawrence has played six seasons in the AFL and his last three with the Philadelphia Soul. In 2017, the Morgan State alumnus was named First Team All-Arena after recording a career-high 6.5 sacks. Lawrence has amassed 68 solo tackles, four forced fumbles and one interception in his career.
Taylor started six games for the Brigade last season. The former Michigan Wolverine has registered 58 solo tackles, 23 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and two interceptions in his seven-year AFL career.
“During the offseason, a major priority for us was to improve our defense,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “These signings represent a major step toward getting that done. The ability to make opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable while maintaining tight coverage down the field is imperative for our defense to be successful. I am confident these guys will do that.”
Nixon started at fullback for the Brigade in all 14 games last season, registering 164 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns. Nixon scored a career-high 10 rushing touchdowns in 2016 with the LA Kiss.
Sims appeared in nine games last season, all with the Cleveland Gladiators, leading the AFL with 119.0 receiving yards per game and ranking second with 2.7 touchdowns per game. In just three seasons, Sims has totaled 174 receptions, 2,193 receiving yards and 53 touchdowns.
Below is a full breakdown of players added to the Brigade training camp roster this week:
|Qumain Black||DB||East Central Oklahoma||2|
|Lamark Brown||WR||Minnesota State||3|
|Rodney Fritz||DL||Tennessee State||3|
|Virgil Gray||DB||Rhode Island||6|
|Randy Hippeard||QB||Virginia Wise||5|
|Justin Lawrence||DL||Morgan State||6|
|Mark Lewis||K||Florida International||13|
|Monte Lewis||DL||Jacksonville State||2|
|Jordan McCray||OL||Central Florida||2|
|Kendall Montgomery||DL||Bowling Green State||1|
|Rory Nixon||FB||St. Augustine||4|
|Fred Obi||DB||San Diego||3|
|Joe Powell||DB||Globe Tech||1|
|Kyron Samuels||OL||Jacksonville State||R|
|Quentin Sims||WR||Tennessee Martin||3|
|Milton Williams||WR||Delaware State||1|
|Zach Voytech||OL||New Haven||R|
The 2018 Brigade regular season, presented by MedStar Health, kicks off in Baltimore, Md., on Fri., April 13, when the Brigade host the Washington Valor at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Following their season opener, the Brigade travel to Philadelphia on Sat., April 21 for a Week 2 matchup with the defending-champion Soul, a rematch of last season’s semifinal matchup.