Renegades Training Camp: Day 7
HOUSTON -- On Saturday, the Renegades finally lined up against a different team. Now the more complicated work begins. Following the joint practice with Seattle, the Dallas staff planned to watch the tape with their players, assess the good and the bad, and see where the team goes from there.
"We’ll get together today after lunch and watch the film and go over it with the players," Dallas offensive coordinator Hal Mumme said. "Then, we’ll start talking about personnel groups now that we’ve seen them practice against somebody that’s not us."
Mumme was pleased overall with what he saw on the offensive side of the ball.
"I was trying to look at people more than plays, we didn’t run very many plays. Saw some guys stand out and make plays, I thought [receiver] Flynn Nagel had a really good day and caught the ball well," he said. "I thought Philip Nelson threw the ball well and I think our O-line had a good day."
Nelson has had a few days to settle in to the No. 1 starter role after Landry Jones was sidelined with a knee injury, and each day has been an improvement.
"I think the first couple days of practice he was pressing a little bit, and the wind has also played havoc," Mumme said. "But you've got to be able to play through that, and today I thought he threw some really good balls. I thought we had maybe two bad throws today out of around 50."
On the defensive side, coordinator Chris Woods said that Saturday's practice was all about approach since there was zero scouting involved by either team in advance.
"It wasn’t an assignment scrimmage, it was about effort, toughness and technique. That’s really how we’ll grade every play," Woods said. "We’ll see who the playmakers were, and more importantly, who was playing in the way that we want to construct our defense."
"It wasn’t an assignment scrimmage, it was about effort, toughness and technique."
Even though the day was a chance to hit someone with different colored numbers on their chest, it still felt like a slightly watered down version of the real deal as teams across the league are trying to keep players off the ground to prevent injuries early in training camp. That means most plays are blown dead once initial contact is made by a defender. That can make play a little tougher to evaluate, but there will still moments to take something from.
"It’s hard to say if guys stood out, but a lot of guys were in the right spot which is the mark of a good team defense – everybody doing their job," Woods said. "I thought Derron [Smith] was really good. Ray Davison flashed a little, but it’s hard to say overall without really looking at the tape. It was just a solid day across the board."