The Massachusetts Pirates have signed former Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora. Zamora, 6’3,” 225 lbs. played two seasons for the Bears where he had 72 receptions for 941 yards and ten touchdowns.
Zamora, who hails from Houston, TX, had by far his biggest season as a redshirt sophomore when he averaged 6.2 receptions per game which was second in the Big 12 and 22nd nationally. In 2016 he had 63 receptions for 809 yards and eight touchdowns. That led him to signing a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders. This spring he signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football. In April Zamora was assigned to the Baltimore Brigade of the Arena Football League and was later acquired by the Washington Valor before signing with the Pirates.
Jawad Yatim, President and General Manager of the Pirates hopes Zamora will add big play potential.
"We've been struggling in the red zone so far this season and I felt like we needed a big bodied receiver to alleviate those issues. He's got great size at 6'3” - 225 and with the injuries we have at receiver, he's really a plug and play guy for us at this point. We have been working hard this week getting him up to speed in such a quick time, but he moves well for his size and has shown that he has dependable hands from what we've seen in practice. He had a tremendous career while at Baylor and we hope that production continues with us," Yatim said.
“I just bring a real red zone threat, said Zamora. I just love to get inside and make some problems for the defense. I have really good jumping ability so I feel like once the ball is in the air it’s no one’s but mine,” he added.
He also likes the fact he’s playing in a league that is predicated on throwing the ball.
“It makes me feel pretty comfortable and right at home. I’m just trying to lean the ins and outs of arena so I can play fast.” He went on to say the hardest part to master right now is the spacing as he tries to angle his routes.
Now as he begins his time with the Pirates, Zamora will call on his study habits to ensure success.
“I’m just staying focused, staying in the playbook and learning the offense. Once you learn the offense you can play as fast as you want to,” he said. I’m just happy to be a part of a program, to step in and to have fun.
And the one thing he wants to accomplish?
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