Defensive line bringing the energy at Express Camp
By Dylan Rubino, Memphis Express Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO–The battle is won in the trenches when it comes to football and the Memphis Express defensive line group makes sure to bring the juice every opportunity they can get.
On day two of Express training camp, explosiveness and hand placement when coming off the football was the emphasis for the day on the defensive line. The unit is deep with 12 players that the coaches feel confident in to get the job done and to make plays on a consistent basis.
Players are ultimately fighting for a spot on the roster, but defensive line coach Matt Singletary notices something different about his unit.
“It’s really cool and special for me to see guys encouraging each other and picking each other up instead of trying to edge each other out,” Singletary said. “It’s really unique, which is fitting because this league I think is unique to. It’s really cool to see.”
It’s not only on the practice field, but in the meeting room, for team meals and on their time off as well. The unit has built a tight bond and it shows on the practice field.
“We love to hype each other up,” defensive end Chris Weatherd said. “It’s a good time from meeting rooms to eating dinner and breakfast and all that stuff. We’re close together and that’s what you got to have as a team and as a unit as well.”
Exploding off the ball and making plays is something Singletary wants to see from his guys as camp rolls along in San Antonio. Singletary is impressed with the size his unity brings on the football field, but the athleticism that goes along with the size stands out to him even more.
“You see plenty of different things with all of these guys,” Singletary said of his players. “Our interior guys are really impressive with how nimble they are and our outside guys are really impressive with how strong they are.”
The players feed off each other’s energy and pick each other up when mistakes are made. The players know they’re fighting for the same spot, but it’s all in an effort to make the unit special.
“We’re all getting each other better every time we step on the practice field,” Weatherd said. “Every day we come out here and compete and we know everyone is here for a job. We have to make sure we each do a good job.”
“I hope the other seven teams are circling the days they have to play us because I think they are a really good group,” Singletary said.
- Alton “Pig” Howard stood out at wide receiver today at Express camp, making plays down the field and building good communication with the quarterbacks. “There’s a lot of energy and a lot of communication,” Howard said. “The coaches get after us each and every day and not letting off, which is good. Everybody is progressing every day.”
- The four-man race at quarterback rages on, but Zach Mettenberger and Brandon Silvers continue to stand out under center. Both of the quarterbacks were vocal at practice and completed many intermediate and deep throws.