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Courtesy: Baltimore Brigade Media Relations

Thompkins, Nixon return to Baltimore as team finalize roster 

 BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Brigade announced changes as the team cut their training camp roster from 35 players to 23.  The Brigade made transactions last week including the re-signing of six-time All-Arena wide receiver Brandon Thompkins and All-Arena fullback Rory Nixon, both who have been with the team since its inception.

Thompkins, an eight-year veteran, has earned six All-Arena honors in just four years. Last season, he was the only player in the Arena Football League to earn All-Arena honors at two different positions, a feat he has done twice, earning both First Team All-Arena honors for kick returner and wide receiver in 2016. That year, Thompkins also earned Playmaker of the Year as he led the league in kick returns (93) and kick return touchdowns (5). He was third in the league for receptions per game (8.4), receiving yards per game (101.9) and scoring touchdowns (45).

“Baltimore is home for me,” Thompkins said. “I’m glad to be back because we have unfinished business to attend to. I’m ready to get back out on the field.”

Thompkins returns to Baltimore after having an exceptional 2018 season. He led the Brigade and ranked third in the AFL with 85 receptions. He led the league in all-purpose yards (1724) and yards per kick return (19.3). He led the Brigade in receiving yards (809) and receiving touchdowns (15). Thompkins is currently the all-time leader in receptions (137), receiving yards (1435), receiving touchdowns (24), kickoff return attempts (78) and kickoff return yards (1521) for the Brigade.

Also returning to Baltimore for his third season is five-year veteran Nixon. Nixon earned Second Team All-Arena honors for his performance with the Brigade in 2018. He led the league in rush attempts (34) and was tied for first in the league in rushing touchdowns (8). His career totals include 44 receptions for eight touchdowns and 249 rushing yards for 27 touchdowns. During his two seasons with the Brigade, Nixon has tallied 21 receptions for five touchdowns and 115 rushing yards for 14 touchdowns. He was named offensive player of the game after rushing for three touchdowns against Washington in week 10.

Nixon and Thompkins join offensive linemen Colin Madison and Kyron Samuels who both re-signed with Baltimore last week. In addition, the team designated five players as injured reserved including defensive backs Lance Austin and Jamal Robinson, wide receivers Ervin Philips and Caylon Weathers, and defensive lineman Christopher Lee.

Baltimore kicks off their season at Royal Farms Arena this Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. for a rematch of last season’s ArenaBowl Championship game against Washington. Fans looking to purchase single game tickets to the home opener may visit or call 667-930-0200.

Below is the current Brigade roster.

1Joe PowellDefensive Back06' 1"200 lbs
2Darry Cato-BishopDefensive Line06' 4"270 lbs
3Nias MartinDefensive Back05' 10"190 lbs
7Josh VictorianDefensive Back05' 10"190 lbs
8Shane BoydQuarterback06' 1"230 lbs
9Robert HayesDefensive Line06' 3"260 lbs
11Shane MorrisQuarterback06' 3"205 lbs
14Brandon ThompkinsWide Receiver05' 10"195 lbs
15Maurice MorganWide Receiver06' 3"225 lbs
17Brandon CollinsWide Receiver06' 1"185 lbs
18Joe GoosbyLinebacker06' 1"225 lbs
22Brandon BrownKicker06' 1"210 lbs
23Rory NixonFullback06' 1"305 lbs
24Kenric YoungDefensive Back06' 1"195 lbs
44Rodney AustinOffensive Line06' 4"320 lbs
55Dexter JacksonLinebacker06' 2"300 lbs
61Jarell BroxtonOffensive Line06' 4"325 lbs
70Colin MadisonOffensive Line06' 4"325 lbs
74Wilson BellOffensive Line06' 4"245 lbs
75Kyron SamuelsOffensive Line06' 2"340 lbs
81Joe HillsWide Receiver06' 4"225 lbs
84Milton Williams IIIWide Receiver06' 3"210 lbs
92Robert BarberDefensive Line06' 3"295 lbs
99Justin LawrenceDefensive Line06' 2"325 lbs

(2000-2015) - San Jose SaberCats Season Ticket Holder (2005-2015) - Ran the fan club for the San Jose SaberCats (2002) - Attended ArenaBowl XVI, San Jose (2008) - Attended ArenaBowl XXII, New Orleans (2015) - Attend ArenaBowl XXVIII, Stockton (2016) - Started 9th Man Nation (2016) - Covered ArenaBowl XXIX, Glendale, AZ

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