Inside Renegades minicamp: Day 4
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The spirit of competition is already alive and well in the Renegades ranks, especially between the receivers and defensive backs. One-on-one passing drills were again the highlight of practice, serving as a sequel to Sunday's action. But that's just about the most excitement the team got with the majority of practice dedicated to a lot of basics, whether it be as a large group on special teams, offense or defense; or as a smaller one in position drills.
- One player with a prominent role already is safety Derron Smith. Smith stood out to Director of Player Personnel Daryl Johnston and Manager of Analytics and Scouting Bob Morris during the trio's time with the AAF's San Antonio franchise, and that relationship made Smith a high priority for the Renegades when the draft rolled around (he was the team's first choice in Phase 4 of the XFL Draft). "It's great. It does nothing but help my confidence. In football, basketball, any sport — confidence is key," Smith said. "To know you have people backing you and believing in you is a huge bonus."
- This just in: Jeff Badet is tough to cover. While the one-on-one competition between receivers and defensive backs heavily favors receivers since no contact is allowed, it's still pretty clear why Dallas made Badet its first pick in franchise history. His combination of speed, quickness and hands consistently creates space between him and defenders and what has seemed like a sure catch every time he's gotten away.
- Temperatures are expected to plummet overnight in DFW, which should send the team indoors perhaps through the end of the week.
- Whether indoors or outdoors, the Renegades should have a special guest on Friday. Commissioner Oliver Luck is expected to be at practice.
- The team also officially announced an event open to all fans and the public for this coming Saturday at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium. The Renegades will hold an open practice for the public from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and then sign autographs and take pictures with fans from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
A lot of us have been talking about how we feel a little rusty, but it feels good to get back out here and cover people. We haven't been able to do 7-on-7's yet, but we have been able to one-on-one's and actually compete. And that's been huge.