Vipers training camp: Day 10
HOUSTON -- There was a sense of urgency all around Vipers camp Tuesday.
With only one week left in training camp -- and only now four practice days remaining -- the players are starting to run out of opportunities to prove they deserve one of the spots on the 52-man roster.
"Every single rep matters," head coach Marc Trestman said.
If the players want to make a big impression, they'll get that chance Wednesday. The Vipers will be facing off in a scrimmage against the Seattle Dragons at the University of Houston's TDECU Stadium.
Trestman is hoping to see some improvement from his team after its up-and-down performance at its first joint practice on Saturday with the Houston Roughnecks.
"We didn't take all the good things we were doing in practice and turn it over," Trestman said.
"We learned that we gotta work together and communicate... because when we don't, there's gonna be a lot of holes in the defense."
One position group that is looking to make big adjustments is the defensive backs. After Saturday's joint practice, it was clear there was room for improvement.
"We learned that we gotta work together and communicate," safety Robert Priester said. "Because when we don't, there's gonna be a lot of holes in the defense."
If Tuesday's practice was any indication, the defense seems to be heading in the right direction.
"Assignment-wise and effort-wise, we were hitting on all cylinders," linebacker Ike Spearman said.
Coach Trestman took notice, praising the defense in the post-practice huddle.
"I think our communication was really good on the back end," Trestman said. "Not only we disrupt passes, we did it in a clean fashion."
Trying to catch those passes -- wide receiver and former Miami Hurricane standout Stacy Coley. Wearing the number 14, he his the practice field for the first time as a Viper on Tuesday after being traded from the Dallas Renegades for wide receiver Freddie Martino.
"He adds speed to our unit and fits in with what we're trying to accomplish offensively," Trestman said of Coley. "We had the chance to meet with him before the draft and he was certainly high on list, so we got the opportunity to get him back."
We will have full coverage from tomorrow's scrimmage.
Until then, now that we are more than halfway through training camp, take a look at some of the best images so far.