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Inside Renegades Training Camp: Day 3

Dallas cornerback Josh Hawkins (28) works on ball pursuit during practice.

HOUSTON -- Throughout the Dallas Renegades' December minicamp in Arlington, the receivers had the upper hand. With contact in practice limited, and with 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills always leaning heavily in favor of the offense, it was pretty much like the defensive backs were playing with handcuffs. It's a fairer fight now in training camp, and as a result, the talent in the secondary is finally getting a chance to shine. 

"I feel like as a whole, the defense, we look amazing. We’re running fast to the football, everybody’s getting to it," cornerback Josh Hawkins said. "The secondary looks amazing right now and we continue to have the mindset of setting the tone. That’s how we’re going to carry it out and keep it going."

Much has been made about the Renegades offense under the leadership of Air Raid inventor Hal Mumme, but head coach Bob Stoops has been a defensive guy since his playing days, and defensive coordinator Chris Woods has been pushing his players since December. That effort and communication is translating to the play on the field. 

"It’s been nice so far," Hawkins said. "We’re all learning as we’re installing, and we’re really pushing each other every day so that we can win this whole thing."

TRAINING CAMP NOTES

  • Renegades quarterback Landry Jones sustained an injury in Monday's practice and will be sidelined for a few weeks
  • Offensive lineman John Keenoy dressed out and participated in practice for the first time since joining the squad earlier this week.
  • Members of Colby Carthel's Stephen F. Austin staff were the special guests at Renegades practice on Tuesday. Carthel just completed his first season as the head coach of the Lumberjacks after an impressive run at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he led the Lions to the 2017 NCAA DII national championship. 
  • After a few days of contact, the plan is to go much lighter during Wednesday's practice, which is designed to be more of a recovery day for the team. 
  • On Tuesday, the XFL announced its new rules, and Stoops chimed in with a few thoughts of his own, along with other XFL head coaches: