Renegades Training Camp: Day 13
HOUSTON -- Dallas defensive coordinator Chris Woods said from the beginning of minicamp in December that he was going to throw a lot at his new players, and while it would be overwhelming at first, it would pay dividends later. Over a month since the team began practicing, those schematic seeds are starting to take root with every alignment and every snap.
"We’re a smart defense. We’ve got a lot of different looks," linebacker Ray Davison said. "It’s designed for playmakers, so everybody will be able to use their talents and abilities."
Every defense is different, but the immersion in an extensive playbook, and the ability to take it all in so quickly, puts this defense in a position that it believes is ahead of schedule.
"Truthfully, it allows you to trick the offense," Davison said. "It’s all about that one step, it gives the offense different looks. You’re for that one extra second that allows us to maybe be able to get to the passer or get the coverage. It gives us a chance to make plays."
It also doesn't hurt that the unit is developing solid relationship off the field, as well.
"This is really good team in terms of chemistry. A lot of guys get along and they’re from different backgrounds," Davison said. "[Linebacker] Greer [Martini] is from the east coast, and I’m from the west coast, and from day one, we just clicked. And that’s really how I feel like the whole team is."
RENEGADES BULK UP ON DEFENSIVE LINE
Earlier this week, Dallas acquired defensive tackles Omarius Bryant and Drew Bailey to beef up both in size and depth in the trenches. Bryant is 6-foot-3, 311 pounds and played his college ball at Western Kentucky, where he had 67 tackles, 13 TFL and 4.5 sacks in two season for the Hilltoppers.
"It's been pretty good so far, everyone's been taking me in and helping me learn the basics," Bryant said. "The coaches told me I'm here to get knock backs, so that's what I'm gonna do."
Bailey is formidable in his own right, coming in at 6-foot-5, 294 pounds. The former Louisville Cardinal had 83 tackles, 10 TFL and 3 sacks in three seasons. Dallas made room for the players by moving Izaah Burks to the league reserve list.
JOINT PRACTICE SATURDAY VS. ST. LOUIS
The Renegades will travel over to W.W. Thorne Stadium in Houston tomorrow to hold a joint practice with the BattleHawks. It's the first of three straight meetings between the teams. They'll meet again on Monday for a scrimmage at TDECU Stadium, and then again in the season opener at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. CT.