Inside Renegades minicamp: Day 9
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Renegades head coach Bob Stoops opted to keep things light on Sunday, reducing the length of practice and devoting most of the remaining time to walkthroughs and special teams. With four days officially remaining for minicamp, keeping players rested and healthy is being prioritized ahead of training camp in Houston, which is just under three weeks away.
It also gives players some extra time to relax and spend a little more time together off the field, but according to defensive lineman Winston Craig, the team bonds are already off to a nice start after just a couple weeks.
"We've got a lot of guys who are trying to play ball and take the most from this opportunity," Craig said. "They're coming from all over the country, and we've only been here for two weeks, and you notice little stuff like guys remembering people's names after practice. I think it's going good."
Craig is no stranger to the speedy assembly of a football team, having been a standout in San Antonio in the AAF. His performance and personality made him a clear target for Director of Player Personnel Daryl Johnston and Manager of Analytics and Scouting Bob Morris, who both came from San Antonio, as well.
"It's another opportunity, and I'm just trying to get better every day and show everyone I can still play," Craig said.
Competition on the defensive front has been strong, but one of the biggest things that stands out about the group is the wide range of personalities. Nick James has been the most vocal, but veterans like Frank Alexander certainly have not been shy.
"It's awesome, there's never a dull moment. Meetings are fun, and we're learning a lot," Craig said. "But you never get bored. It's a lot of good guys and a good coach."
That defensive line coach, by the way, is the legendary Jim Jeffcoat, a two-time Super Bowl champion. Learning from him has been an invaluable experience, according to Craig.
"Over 100 sacks in the league, you can't teach that stuff," Craig said. "He's sharing a lot about technique, and we're just learning. As a defensive guy that's what you want, someone who has played the position, played a lot of games and been successful."
In case you missed Saturday's notebook, the Renegades meet and greet with fans could not have gone any better, with great weather and great turnout. We recapped all the fun below: