BattleHawks Training Camp: Day 2
HOUSTON -- The second day of XFL Training Camp is in the books for the St. Louis BattleHawks.
The coaching staff has mostly focused on catching players back up after the break and get the new ones up to speed. That changes Tuesday, with players getting in full pads and getting some real contact going.
Head coach Jonathan Hayes is looking forward to it but also stressed the need to play under control.
"I just want to see how the guys compete when they get their stuff on, but we have to take care of each other, make sure that we're doing it the right way. It's still pro ball, we know how to go about it. We can't be dragging guys on the ground, we can't have a bunch of pileups, we can't do that. I'm looking forward to making sure guys continue to move forward and grow in the right direction and the right way."
The team got after it in the weight room for the first time at training camp.
On Day 2, defense was the name of the game.
During 7-on-7s, the defensive backs made it hard on the quarterbacks to fit the ball into spaces. Safety Kenny Robinson almost had a pick-six and was not happy with himself that he didn't complete the play.
On top of it, cornerback Trey Caldwell did pick off a pass for a score to end the drill, which had the secondary hyped.
Hayes was not happy with sloppy play from his offensive skill players.
"What I didn't like was the ball being on the ground," said Hayes. "We had way too many dropped balls. You can't throw the ball in the air and drop the damn ball."
Hayes was encouraged with the team's effort as a whole and liked how across the board there was no bust, but he said that the execution needs to be cleaned up. "Has to be. That's the only way we're going to have a chance and be at the top of our game," he said.
Check out some of the best pictures from Monday and come back Tuesday to see what training camp looks like with pads on.