With their leading receiver Rob Jones sidelined because of an injury, the Streets swung a deal last week with the Orlando Predators sending linebacker Devan Stringer south in exchange for wide receiver LJ Castille. The former Delta State star joins a talented receiving group and gives the Streets a veteran presence as they battle for a playoff spot.
“LJ has been a welcomed addition to our already outstanding wide receiver core,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “LJ comes in as an established and well respected high motion wide receiver in this league.”
After the trade, Castille arrived in New York in time for practice last Thursday and made his Streets debut this past Saturday against the Columbus Lions. The 31 year old Castille hails from La Marque, Texas and has played for several other Arena Football teams including the Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans VooDoo, Utah Blaze, Los Angeles KISS, and Washington Valor. He has also spent time in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
But now, he’s thrilled to be in the Big Apple.
“I’m very excited to be on the Streets,” said Castille. “I have been wanting to live in New York for a very long time and play for a New York pro team. I’m proud to be a part of this organization.
In his first game for the Streets, Castille had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. He seemed to develop a chemistry fairly quickly with quarterback David Legree. He appreciate Legree’s athleticism and the job well done by the offensive line.
“I feel with the amazing pockets the big uglies provide for a quarterback, we can be a great well-rounded team,” said Castille. “To have a quarterback that can run is not always good indoors however when you can throw and run, that’s deadly and can really mess up the defensive calls.”
Castille now joins a wide receiver group that also includes Jones, Edgar Allen Poe and Devanta Jenkins. When Jones gets healthy, it would be hard to find a better foursome of receivers anywhere else in the National Arena League. Throw in the acquisition of former Fordham and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Phazahn Odom and the Streets have quite a collection of targets for Legree.
“We all bring a different style of play which also keeps us balanced and that will help Coach Rick’s play call selection easier for him,” said Castille.
LJ Castille and the Streets are back in action this Saturday June 22nd when they travel to Florida for the first of back to back games against the Jacksonville Sharks. Kickoff is at 7pm and you can watch the game on the National Arena League’s YouTube channel. The Streets will then welcome the Sharks to the Westchester County Center on Saturday June 29th.
New York Streets individual game tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. For season and group ticket information, call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.