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Roughnecks Training Camp: Day 10

HOUSTON -- With tomorrow’s scrimmage vs. St. Louis on the horizon, head coach June Jones and his staff kept practice for the Houston Roughnecks short and simple with a mindset of maximizing their time in the red zone as clouds began to cover TDECU Stadium.

“I think what we are looking to work on for the next scrimmage is the red zone offense efficiency.” Quarterback Connor Cook said after practice today. “The past couple days we haven’t really been on the same page as the wideouts so that’s been a big emphasis so far. Getting the timing down and making sure we are on the same page.” 

Off the field, the bond continues to grow inside the Houston locker room.

“Coach said something this week that stayed with me; ‘Ohana’, which means ‘family,' OT Kamalie Matthews said. "Everybody is coming together as a family. The o-line is starting to come together and running backs are starting to read off the o-line.

"We’re really starting to get together with the running backs and the quarterbacks in the playroom and we are not just becoming the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and the linemen, we’re actually all starting to come together as one unit.“ 

Heading into Wednesdsay's scrimmage, the Roughnecks are looking on polishing their play on the field as the regular season approaches. 

“Having that first joint practice against Tampa Bay, it showed us a lot about how well put together we are,” RB Marquez Williams said. “I think the two-a-day practices have kept us sharp. We are just looking to build on what we have done so far and continue to clean up some of the mistakes.”