For the second time in three weeks, the Billings Outlaws have traded a starting wide receiver.
Outlaws coach Heron O’Neal announced on Wednesday that the Indoor Football League team has traded wide receiver Lemans Casimier to the Colorado Ice for wide receiver Josh Gibson and offensive lineman Sam Bentley.
Casimier started the first five games of the season for Billings, catching 22 passes for 188 yards and six touchdowns. He was replaced in the lineup last week by DeAngelo Woodie, who caught seven passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns in his Outlaws debut as Billings defeated Alaska 65-25.
Earlier this month, the Outlaws traded wide receiver Allen Burrell — who had started the first four games of the season — to the Sioux City Bandits for Antuan Bloom and two other receivers. Bloom has five touchdown receptions in two games as an Outlaw.
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“I really like the chemistry we have at receiver right now with Woodie, (James) Walton and (Antuan) Bloom,” said O’Neal. “Woodie and Bloom have shown in the last two weeks that they are the real deal. They’re young and talented, and they’re hard workers … they play what we like to call the Outlaw way, so to speak.
“As far as X’s and O’s, the key is that Woodie and Bloom are fast enough to beat man coverage and smart enough to beat zone coverage. Teams are finding out that they can’t just double Walton on every play, and it’s giving Chris (quarterback Chris Dixon) mismatches all over the field.”
Gibson has played in all six of Colorado’s games this season, catching 13 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Billings (5-1) travels to Kennewick, Wash., on Saturday to face the Tri-Cities Fever (1-4). The Outlaws’ next home game is Saturday, May 8 vs. Fairbanks.