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Inside Defenders Training Camp: Day 9

Defenders DT Suipeli Anau lines up for tackling drills.

HOUSTON -- The DC Defenders took to the field at Rice Stadium on Monday morning for their first practice since Saturday's joint training session with the Los Angeles Wildcats.

A soggy day welcomed the Defenders, and while the offense had its struggles getting acclimated to the wet turf and wet ball, the defense was as good as its been all week.

The XFL is making football faster. The game is being catered toward offense. Defenses have to work extra-hard, and on Monday, they did just that.



"We gotta keep pushing, keep improving and keep getting better. That's what it's going to take to get the job done."

Defenders DT Jay Bromley on training camp goals


On Monday, the DC Defenders unveiled the newest addition to the team: an authentic battle shield featuring the team logo. The locally crafted product weighs roughly 35 pounds and will be a fixture at all team events.


  • DT Siupeli Anau: The Northern Arizona product had himself a day. The man they call "Pele" was a menace on the front lines, getting to the quarterback three times during team drills. His quickness off the line was noticeable.
  • DT Daryle Banfield: The Defenders' resident Ivy League product (Brown) has a massive frame and used his size and strength to clog holes and wrap up running backs. His defensive coaches were complimentary of his work during positional drills.
  • CB Bradley Sylve: With several defensive backs taking the day off to nurse injuries, the former Alabama star had arguably his best practice as a Defender. He registered an interception during team drills and rarely allowed the wide receivers any room to operate.
  • DT Kalani Vakameilalo: Joining the team prior to training camp, the former Oregon State lineman had his best showing thus far. The connection he's formed with Anau has played a large role in his quick development. He registered a sack and a forced fumble on Monday.