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Around the XFL: Joint practices start

Bob Stoops unites the Renegades and Dragons during the first weekend of 2020 joint practices.

HOUSTON -- Saturday marked the first joint practices of 2020 XFL Training Camp.

As's Art Garcia wrote, the "Joy in Different Colors" of intersquad action established a whole new milestone for the league as players got to complete against different teams.


Check out some of the highlights from the four pairings.

Tampa Bay Vipers @ Houston Roughnecks

Training Camp's host team gets first honors as the fesitivities took over TDECU Stadium at the University of Houston.

First, it was all about gathering For the Love of Football.

Vipers defensive coordinator and football legend Jerry Glanville was ready.

But his defense was caught after Roughnecks wide receiver Joe Horn Jr., son of four-time Pro Bowler Joe Horn, went full speed ahead.

Vipers receiver Daniel Williams made sure his team showed its share of flair, though.

Seattle Dragons @ Dallas Renegades 

No big deal. Just two football stalwarts commanding the sidelines at Darrell Tully Stadium.


Peep at Garcia's bird's eye (well, press-box) view of the new kickoff formation:

The Renegades diversified their highlights: a standout block from Darnell Holland, followed by extension from wideout Jazz Ferguson and a sound decision by positionmate Jeff Badet.

Seattle, on the other hand, did its part to bring more attention to the punter and defense with this sick Brock Miller stop-motion feature and Channing Stribling pick.

(Fun fact: This joint practice showcased multiple University of Washington alums across both clubs.)

Los Angeles Wildcats @ DC Defenders

The Defenders were relaxed as the buzz started at Rice Stadium.

The Wildcats countered with intensity, unsurprisingly oozed by defensive tackle Anthony Johnson.

That led to a sparkling highlight on offense.

Immaculate concentration by TreyDonte' Hill.

Not to be outdone, DC enjoyed its own display with the ball thanks to a punishing finish from 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back Nick Brossette.

St. Louis BattleHawks @ New York Guardians

The Guardians staff gave fans a taste of the fruit the league's access will produce:

Meanwhile, the BattleHawks, fresh off naming a new offensive coordinator, flashed some skill-player bonus points at Houston Baptist University.

The Guardians stood firm with their own WR breakout:

To put a stamp on this historic day, an epic quote from BattleHawks head coach Jonathan Hayes:

"You can't come out waiting to get hit in the face. You gotta go punch someone right in the face."

Keep tabs on all the chatter coming out of Training Camp -- including team recaps -- on the News feed, the individual team pages and on social media.