BattleHawks Training Camp: Day 5
HOUSTON -- The St. Louis BattleHawks have one edict this early in training camp and one edict only: get better.
It's one the team has taken to heart as there has been a noticeable improvement in play every day as the team has taken the field in Houston. Much of their time is dedicated to learning the system off the field and it's starting to really show up on the field.
The team spent some time Thursday working on red zone sitations and it's been great watching them put the ball in the endzone, even in practice. Head coach Jonathan Hayes said that it's important to work on situational football like that.
"Defensively the drops aren't nearly as deep, offensively it becomes more compact, the ball has to come out quicker," said Hayes. "The runs, you can't keep running to the sideline, you have to stick your foot in the ground and get north and south. Those are important things they have to understand."
We work on different situational things every day to make sure they understand every situation so that when they get in that position they can have a lot of success.
We continue to see new faces in training camp, one in particular is wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El out of Nebraska. He was drafted in the third round of the skills phase of the XFL Draft, but was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad and just recently rejoined the team.
It's only been one day, but he's already adding a lot to an already talented wide receiving core.
Safety Will Hill has been an anchor for the BattleHawks defense. listen as he talks about the transition from minicamp to training camp, his role as a leader on the defense, and looking forward to hitting people.
Punter Marquette King is one of the biggest personalities on the team, but he's also a maestro when it comes to his craft. Here he is showing off his picture perfect form in the art of punting.
And after watching the BattleHawk players get down, I think the XFL should get ready for some very stylish touchdown dances in the near future.