The Storm Pursues The Details
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TAMPA BAY – The saying goes, “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” Today, the Storm felt the lion, as temperatures dipped to the low 40s for the second day of training camp. While the players may have been cold, it did not stop them from preparing for the upcoming season.
“It was cold out there today, but it actually felt good,” said second-year Storm offensive lineman Wondell Rutledge. “Once you get the blood flowing, you’re ready to get out there and go to work.”
As the day progressed, the Storm receivers and quarterbacks showed that they can work together and are on the same page. They continued to make several plays, and started to gain the trust an offense needs in order to succeed.
However, the defense did not make it easy for the offensive unit. Practicing in a new system, the defense did all it could to disrupt the passing game. The defensive backs worked hard at taking the receivers out of their comfort zone and the defensive line kept the offensive unit on its heels.
“I liked what I saw out there today,” said Storm defensive backs coach Doug Kay. “The guys showed enthusiasm which is always good to see in camp.”
The team finished the day conducting meetings and watching film.
Coaches Perspective: “While I liked what I saw, it is still very early out there,” said Storm head coach Dave Ewart. “The offense was a little slow today but that is to be expected in the first few days.”
Quote of the Day: “Sure it was cold out there,” said returning defensive lineman Paul Griffin. “But it’s mind over pain. You just have to push through it and get the job done.”
Player Spotlight: Michael Lindsey returns for his third season in a Storm uniform. He is a dynamic wide receiver and kick returner that has racked up over 1,000 kick return yards in each season. Lindsey has also steadily increased his scoring production on the receiving end from season to season. This seems to be an area in which he is continuing to improve as he hauled in a couple of touchdowns during today’s session.
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