The front office for the Nashville Raiders began putting the pieces in place earlier in 2017 to found a developmental football team. Now, in just two short months, the Raiders will play their first ever season in 2018, as members of the Tennessee Football Alliance.
According to owner Les Blanton, the decision to join the TFA was a no-brainer.
“Joining the TFA took little thought,” Blanton told Developmental Football USA. “There’s no other league promoting players and giving back to the organizations like this league. The community outreach such as the Toy Bowl and the Tennessee versus Kentucky All-Star Game were also major factors in our decision to join.”
At the developmental level, you never know what to expect from a first-year team. Generally, it takes time to build chemistry, consistency and structure, but not always – just look at the Middle Tennessee Bulldawgs.
Based on the roster the Raiders have put together, they look like a team poised to make plenty of noise in their first year.
“The TFA is full of top-tier talent,” Blanton said. “It has teams that have been established for a while and of course we all know about the Bulldawgs. I expect the Raiders to come in and be very competitive and play in the championship game.
“We may be a new team, but we have 15 former collegiate athletes, which competed at the Division I level. We’ve taken some time to develop and build chemistry, now we’re ready to showcase our talent this year.
Offensively, the Raiders will look to a former Division I athlete in Adam Taylor to lead the offense behind center.
“Adam is known for his pinpoint accuracy and great leadership on the field,” Blanton said. “We also have a dynamic wide receiver named Corvin Booker. Corvin is a prototypical wide out with size, speed, and a 40-inch vertical.”
On defense, head-hunting, hard-hitting outside linebacker Plandale Terry is a guy opposing offenses will be seeing plenty of. Should any play get past him, help will certainly be on its way.
“Our secondary is led by a dynamic free safety named Dominique Howard, who was also a college standout,” Blanton said.
The Raiders will take part in a pre-season league-wide Jamboree on Jan. 27, before kicking off the regular season on Feb. 10.
“We’re happy to be a part of the TFA and we look forward to the season,” Blanton said.