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Vipers Training Camp: Day 2

#49 DT Nikita Whitlock in action at the team's first practice of training camp

HOUSTON -- While the temperature hovered in the high 60s, the competition was heating up at the Tampa By Vipers' first full practice Monday.

On both sides of the ball, players were hustling to prove they deserve a spot on the team.

They don't have much time to do it. In only 15 days, training camp will close, and the coaches will have to trim the 70-man roster down to 52.

"As I'm looking around, I don't know who those 18 guys are going to be," head coach Marc Trestman told the team in the post-practice huddle. "So let's have fun finding out together."

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I thought everyone showed up really hungry and excited to be out there."

QB Aaron Murray on the tone of Monday's first full practice

As they did in minicamp, the team practiced game-like situations, running no-huddle offenses and hustling to get on and off the field during a change of possession.

These may have been simulations, but they felt like real games, with players cheering loudly after every impressive catch or big defensive play.

"It was a good day today," quarterback Aaron Murray said. "Both the offense and defense made some big plays. That's what you want. You want competition. I thought everyone showed up really hungry and excited to be out here."

But the players know it's not all about competition.

They're also focused on working together to make sure they're on the same page when their season kicks off in New York against the Guardians on Feb. 9.

"It's just about getting back, playing fast, communicating with each other," running back D.J. May said.

"We're about keeping the chemistry sharp," wide receiver Daniel Williams said. "Bringing the brotherhood together."

Tuesday will be a big day for the Vipers. They are scheduled to practice in pads for the first time. 

We will bring you full coverage from that and every practice.

Until then, we leave you with the talents of one of the newest Vipers: cornerback Jalen Collins.