SaberCats announce return of Joe Sykes

SaberCats announce return of Joe Sykes
May 2, 2014, 11:00 am
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SaberCats rebolster the defensive front with the return of pass-rush specialist Joe Sykes. (USATSI)

SAN JOSE, Calif. –- The SaberCats announced today that they have activated defensive lineman Joe Sykes from other league exempt list. Correspondingly, the team placed offensive lineman Jared Singleton on recallable reassignment.

“Joe is one of the best pass rushers in the AFL today,” Head Coach/Owner Darren Arbet said. “We are excited to have him back with our organization.”

In his two full seasons of Arena Football, Sykes has earned Riddell Defensive Player of the Year, twice earned Game Tape Exchange Defensive Lineman of the Year, and has twice been named First-Team All-Arena.

Sykes (6-5, 280, Southern), who played for the SaberCats during 2012, spent all of 2013 with the San Antonio Talons. Playing in all 18 games last season, Sykes posted 34.5 tackles, along with 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Those 14.5 sacks allowed Sykes to lead the league that category for the second consecutive season.

In 2012, Sykes put up one of the greatest defensive seasons in Arena Football League History en route to earning the Riddell Defensive Player of the Year award. Appearing in 17 games for the SaberCats, Sykes put up an AFL record 16.0 total sacks to go along with 33 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. He also forced five fumbles, notched an interception and recovered two more fumbles.

As a rookie in 2010, Sykes appeared in the final three games of the regular season for the Milwaukee Iron, where he posted six tackles and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Also in 2010, Sykes attended pre-season camp with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. In 2009, he appeared in five games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders during their Championship campaign, making one tackle. In 2008, Sykes played for the Green Bay Blizzard of af2 where he was named the ADT Defensive Player of the Year and the Russell Athletic Lineman of the Year. He finished the year with a league leading 22 tackles for a loss and 19.5 quarterback sacks, while picking up 49 total tackles, eight forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. In 2006, Sykes signed a three year contract on 5/9 with the Washington Redskins and spent the entire 2006 season with the team. He saw action in one regular season game and remained on the team’s active roster through the preseason of 2007.

Sykes attended Southern University and A&M College in 2005 where he led the team in tackles (53), sacks (nine-and-a-half) and tackles for loss (12).

San Jose (4-3) takes on the Orlando Predators (5-2) this Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm at the SAP Center in San Jose. The game can be found locally on the radio at KNBR 1050 or streaming through ESPN3.

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