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Valor Add 12 to Training Camp Roster

Courtesy: Washington Valor Media Relations

Returning players combined for 54 starts, 137 tackles and five touchdowns in 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Washington Valor announced today the signing of 12 players to the team’s training camp roster, including returning contributors Dominic Addison (DB), Will Corbin (OL/FB), James “Jimmy” Gordon (LB), Michael Knight (DB) and Jake Payne (DL).

“We are excited about this group of signings as it delivers a core of returning, young, up-and-coming players mixed with a fresh group of talented first-year players,” Valor Head Coach Dean Cokinos said. “The plan is to add more veteran players during free agency and to build a roster with a good blend of youth and experience that will promote a competitive training camp roster that focuses on teamwork.”

Addison contributed to one of the AFL’s best defensive backfields last season, starting in all but one of Washington’s 14 games and registering 50 solo tackles, good for second on the team.

Corbin started in all 13 games he appeared in, splitting time between offensive line and fullback. Corbin ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns in 2017.

Gordon started at linebacker in all but one game, leading the team in tackles for loss (5), sacks (4.5) and tying for the team-lead in forced fumbles (2). Gordon also rushed for two touchdowns.

Knight joined the Valor defensive backfield for the final five games of the season – averaging 5.0 tackles per game, second on the team among players with at least three games played. Knight also registered two interceptions, good for second on the team behind veteran DB Tracy Belton.

Payne appeared in 13 games, started in 11 and tied for third on the team in both tackles for loss (3) and sacks (3).

A full list of the Valor’s new additions can be seen below:

 

NAME POS. COLLEGE AFL EXP.
Dominic Addison DB Bethune Cookman 3
Will Corbin OL/FB Appalachian State 1
Qua Cox DB Jackson State 1
Devonte Danzey OL Auburn R
James “Jimmy” Gordon LB Buffalo 3
Roderick Henderson DL Alabama State R
Alex Jette WR Brown R
Michael Knight DB Minnesota West CC 1
Corey Marshall DL Virginia Tech R
Durron Neal WR Oklahoma R
Jake Payne DL Shenandoah 1
Justin Wilson WR Delaware State 2

 

The 2018 Valor regular season, presented by MedStar Health, kicks off with the Valor’s matchup against the Baltimore Brigade on Fri., April 13 at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD. The Valor’s home opener is set for Week 2, when Washington welcomes the Albany Empire, playing in their inaugural season, to Capital One Arena on Sat., April 21 at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON VALOR
The Washington Valor is owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Capital One Arena, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news, is also owned by MSE. Follow the Valor on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonvalor, on Twitter at twitter.com/washingtonvalor, and on Instagram at instagram.com/washingtonvalor.