Written By: Roy Countryman @Blitzalytics @PreacherBoyRoy
David Connors @connors_david
Offensive Player of the Week
8 catches on 9 targets 130 yards
De’Mornay Pierson-El was a 5’9” running back from Alexandria, VA. He transitioned to wide receiver at the University of Nebraska. He spent his freshman season primarily as a punt and kick return specialist where he racked 3 punt return touchdowns. His senior season, he finally earned a starting role as the slot receiver. He racked up 45 catches and 623 yards. He spent the 2018 Washington Redskins preseason team but was log jammed by Jamison Crowder.
Pierson-El is quick and low out of snap. He is fluent with routes with strong hands. He has also shown the awareness to come back to the quarterback when he needs to. He can catch the ball away from his body and has the quickness to create with the ball in his hand.
Although he does not have the straight line speed, his route running and quickness will make him an ideal slot receiver. He could be a weapon to a QB who tends to get out of the pocket like Russel Wilson, but I think he could have an immediate role at the next level in Dallas. The Cowboys just lost Cole Beasley to the Bills and Pierson-El would fill that hole perfectly.
Defensive Player of the Week
Kameron Kelly: CB, San Diego Fleet
5 Tackles (5 Solo), 4 PD, 3 INT (1 Pick-6 of 22yds).
Kameron Kelly is a ridiculous athlete let’s get that out of the way first of all. In high school, he accrued over 4,000 all-purpose yards as a senior in high school which included him playing QB, RB, WR, DB, and return man. He also lettered in track and field as well as basketball. Worked his way onto the field immediately at San Diego State in the rotation of Safeties until he had to be shut down for the rest of the season with a surgery to deal with Compartment Syndrome in his leg after a game against Hawaii. He worked himself back into playing time the next three season both as a safety and then in his final season as a CB. He ended his college career at San Diego State tied for 10th with 10 interceptions and a First-Team All-Mountain West selection in 2017. He was a part of the 2018 NFL Draft class, and put up some good numbers while at the Combine, such as good length (31 ¾” arms), vertical jump (33”), and a 6.94s 3-Cone time all while standing at an impressive 6’ 2.” Even with his measurables though he went undrafted and signed on with the Dallas Cowboys where he did not even last to play preseason games. He then signed on with the Fleet where he went through training camp and the first few games as WR due to his ball skills until there was a need for a DB and Mike Martz moved him back over to CB.
Kelly is a former WR who plays the football like he is the one that ran the route. He has excellent stature standing at an imposing 6’2” with long arms and good speed. He has enough fluidity and quickness to stick with his assignment downfield. He has a strong jam in his repertoire, and with his build, he would excel playing in a press zone system. He is a willing run defender and will not just jump at the feet of ball carriers but rather shows the ability to use good technique in bring the runner down. Has great instincts and the closing quickness to come up with his share of turnovers.
Kelly has been a very interesting player to track in his tour through the AAF, as stated before he started off as a WR for the San Diego Fleet, and then his coach asked him to flip back over to a position he played in the past, and that might be the ticket to get him back to the NFL. If he can keep making plays as he did this week he will most assuredly get a shot to prove himself with an NFL team this preseason. The other upside to him is that he is only 22 years old, so any NFL team signing him could count him as a bonus draft pick or priority UDFA. Teams like the Seahawks, Patriots, Steelers, and the 49ers would definitely have interest in his services.
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