It’s getting real: Three Takeaways from Legends Practice
By Jaylon Thompson, Atlanta Legends Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO – The Legends returned to the practice at the Star Texas Area Regional (STAR) Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Practice was spirited as usual. However, Saturday’s session had a few special guests. The Alliance CEO and Co-founder Charlie Ebersol and a group of league executives were in attendance. They viewed portions of team drills and were on the sidelines during situational work.
On the field, The Legends put on a show. The defense was constantly around the ball and made tackles throughout the day. Legends head coach Kevin Coyle energized practice by orchestrating groups in different formations and schemes.
The practice lasted about two hours. It was a great day to cap off a productive week and send the team into Sunday’s off day in style.
Here are three takeaways from Legends camp.
Linebackers set tempo on defense
The Legends defense stepped up in team drills. The unit flew around the ball and was aggressive in containment. Linebackers Jeff Luc and KeShun Freeman stuffed run plays with penetration into the backfield.
The duo also showed great assignment coverage. Freeman had a great read on a screen pass into the boundary and Luc snuffed out crossing pattern in the middle.
“I was reading my keys,” Freeman said. “I saw the gap open and I was there to make a play.”
A week into camp, The Legends’ defense is making strides. The unit is rangy and could be a matchup problem for teams in the regular season.
Receivers show burst in open field
It was strong day for wide receivers Ervin Phillips and Troy Pelletier. Both had crucial plays in two-minute drills. Phillips broke free on an end around and scampered for 30 yards.
Pelletier got hot late and hauled in a 25-yard reception to get the offense into the red zone. He got vertical on a seam route and find a deep pocket in the defensive zone. The play drew rave reviews from Coach Kevin Coyle after practice.
Special Teams gain momentum
Legends punter Cam Nizialek continued to unleash booming punts in the special teams portion of practice. He punted a couple of balls 60-plus yards on the day. His last punt wowed his teammates as it landed at the 1-yard line.
“It’s great that it happened in practice,” Nizialek said. “Now, I just have to take it into the first game.”
The special teams unit also worked on staying square in protection. Coach Coyle worked the team on keeping their shoulders square and powering through contact.
The Legends have an off day on Sunday and are back to practice Monday morning.
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