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Renegades Training Camp: Day 9

HOUSTON -- Dallas head coach Bob Stoops welcomed a new face to his team on Monday. On Sunday, the Renegades traded wide receiver Stacy Coley to the Tampa Bay Vipers in exchange for wide receiver Freddie Martino. The 6-foot, 194-pound Martino is a six-year pro who was selected by Tampa Bay in the open phase of October's XFL Draft, and adds experience to a youthful corps of receivers. 

"It’s been good. As soon as I got here, the receivers and the rest of the boys welcomed me with open arms," Martino said. "Out on the field, they’re already helping me with where I need to line up, where the play is, and what the concept of the offense is."

The coaching staff has also been clear with him on what they're expecting and why he was brought in. 

"They told me to make the most of the opportunity. With this young receiver group, they want me to get in and kind of be the older guy and bring the experience I’ve had," he said. 

Martino played college football at Division II North Greenville University, and stepping on to the field with a coach like Stoops was almost an out of body experience. 

"It’s a blessing," Martino said. "Just to be from a small school and be surrounded by these coaches and the places they’ve been, it’s a blessing."

TRAINING CAMP NOTES

  • Despite being out with a leg injury for 4-6 weeks, quarterback Landry Jones was a part of every passing drill, 7-on-7 repetition and scrimmage portion of practice. Jones stood behind quarterbacks Philip Nelson and Eric Dungey and offered tips and advice on different nuances of the team's offense to them and the other skill players. 
  • Rainy conditions didn't dampen the Renegades' enthusiasm on Monday, despite temperatures in the 50's and a steady drizzle throughout practice.