Metz finally feels comfortable in the AFL with the Soul

Saturday night, Jake Metz played in his first Arena Football League game with the Philadelphia Soul. He came to the Soul in the off-season.

Before signing with the Soul, he had workouts with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and the Detroit Lions after playing for the Shippensburg Raiders. He said he received phone calls once he got back from the Lions Rookie Camp, but once the Soul called, he picked Philadelphia.

“Well, I grew up a Philadelphia fan my whole life and just to be able to play for this City is an honor,” Metz added. “It’s the greatest City in the country for sports, if you ask me. Just to be able to play for the Philadelphia Soul is a huge honor for me.”

As a new player to the indoor game, it has taken Metz a while to get used to the transition. He spent the first nine weeks of the season on injured reserve, which helped him, as well.

“It’s different playing on this field than the NFL fields,” he said. “But with the time I had to transition with the nine weeks on IR, it helped me adapt to the game. This (was) my first game, (but) I keep learning more every day and from here it only gets better.”

To help grasp this game, Metz has been getting advice from Soul Assistant Head Coach/Line Coach Phil Bogle. Bogle works with both Lines and that includes Metz when he’s playing Defensive End.

“Coach Bogle has helped me tremendously,” he added. “He is one of the best coaches I have had, especially being in my position and he knows how I play and he really works with me as much as he can and I thank him for that. It means a lot to me.”

While Metz can play Defensive End, he’s also been seen playing Linebacker and even Fullback. Without Tommy Taggart in the lineup, Metz and others have been called on to help fill Taggart’s role.

“I tend to think I am an athlete and to be honest,” Metz mentioned. “It’s a game and whatever I can do to contribute to this team, whether it’s holding the ball for the kicker, or being a fullback, I don’t care. Whatever they want me to do, I will do it for the team.”

His first game experience was in the Boardwalk Bowl against the Las Vegas Outlaws in Atlantic City. This Saturday, he’ll be making his first appearance at the Wells Fargo Center, the normal home of the Soul.

“It doesn’t matter where we play,” Metz acknowledged. “The tradition in Boardwalk Hall and the City is tremendous, and it doesn’t matter where I play, as you can see, I had a bunch of friends that came out to AC to watch the game.”

The Soul are 9-1 this season. They will look to get their 10th win of the season against the New Orleans VooDoo, who they previously defeated in New Orleans.

“We are going to take it one-week at a time, that’s all that matters right now,” Metz stated. “We want to keep plugging away and we have one goal, and that’s to get to the ArenaBowl game.”

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