Commanders Camp, Three Quick Hits: John Diarse could be special
By Cole Thompson, San Antonio Commanders Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO — As Week 2 of training camp is officially underway, the San Antonio Commanders are hoping to keep the same work ethic and mentality needed for a strong overall season. Several players impressed at Saturday’s practice, making strong catches and open field plays going in shells. Here are today’s training camp notes.
- John Diarse could fight for starting role
Choosing a starting trio at wide receiver could be easier said than done. Saturday saw De’Marcus Ayers (Houston), Speedy Noil (Texas A&M) and Mekale McKay (Cincinnati) all make plays. But perhaps the biggest star was Diarse. The former TCU wideout caught every pass thrown during team drills and beat defensive backs with his route running. The highlight of the day came on a fly pattern when Diarse made a one-handed grab falling toward the turf for a long gain. With his skills, Diarse should make the receiver battle interesting.
- Duke Thomas ready to hit
While defensive players are asked not to make tackles during practice, Duke Thomas (Texas) can’t wait for the season to start so he can starting hitting. The former Longhorn defensive has worked great in zone coverage, disguising the play and forcing receivers to work at higher levels against him. Thomas might have made the defensive highlight of the day when he jumped a curl route and broke up his third pass of the day. Smiling through it all, Thomas is making great improvements and should be ready to make several open-field plays against the San Diego Fleet.
- Trey Williams role could be vital to offense
While some running backs are known for their downhill running and burly figure, Trey Williams (Texas A&M) is the complete opposite. Best known of his speed and ability to make defenders miss in the open field, Williams has found a majority of his training camp success through the air as a receiving option. While picking up momentum in the short yardage on the ground, Williams is best running the slants and circus routes out of the backfield against linebackers and safeties. Although the 5-foot-7 running back may not win on size alone, his reliable hands and route skills could make the Commanders/ pass offense a dangerous unit this season.
The San Antonio Commanders are in training camp throughout January. The Alliance of American Football’s inaugural season begins Saturday, February 9, when the Commanders host the San Diego Fleet at the Alamodome. You can get your tickets at: SanAntonioCommanders.com/tickets