Inside Renegades minicamp: Day 7
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Friday's practice marked the first time during minicamp that 11 players on offense were able to face 11 players on defense, which meant the first opportunity for coaches to see if the first week of playbook cramming could be translated to near-game speed on the field.
However, before practice completely ramped up, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck dropped by to talk to the players and local media for a few minutes.
- After Luck left practice, the intensity ratcheted up. Between 7-on-7 competition and 11-on-11 action, defensive backs hauled in three interceptions on the morning, including one from safety Ronald Martin. "We're just trying to get one the same page right now," Martin said. "First day of going 11-on-11 and a lot of guys were pumped up to be out here on the DB's side. It's something we've been waiting to do. There isn't a lot you can do until 11-on-11's. That's when the real ball starts, and I thought we did a real nice job today."
- The change in practice style also marked a change in direction for the team, which has a handful of practices left in helmets and shells before shutting down until training camp in January. The Renegades players have been together since Dec. 4, and so far, Martin said it's going well. "I think we're doing a great job with team chemistry. I mean, offense, defense, special teams — all phases are really good. All of our guys are getting along with each other," Martin said. "We come from different backgrounds, but we all love the game of football. Once you get guys like that around each other, it's easy to get on the same page."
- Fans can still RSVP for Saturday's open practice to meet players and coaches at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium. 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. Many of the Renegades will also take part in Arlington's Parade of Lights that evening, as well.
Iron sharpens iron. We've got some good receivers over there, pretty shifty, quick guys. They're going to make some plays for us this season, but our job is to make it hard for them.