Legends offense delivers in team session
By Jaylon Thompson, Atlanta Legends Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO – The Atlanta Legends showcased their offensive potential in the red zone portion of team drills on Thursday. As a result, the team’s overall production spiked during another spirited practice under head coach Kevin Coyle.
The offense looked especially explosive in the session. The offensive line controlled the point of attack and opened holes for the running game. This allowed the quarterbacks to find a rhythm in the pocket and make accurate throws.
On the day, the offense scored six times in the red zone. Running back Tarean Folston scored two touchdowns and had a nice catch out of the backfield. Tight end Andrew Caskin caught a 4-yard touchdown pass over the middle and receiver Malachi Jones reeled in a nice jump ball in the corner of the end zone.
Each scoring drive energized the offense. The offense found a consistent balance in day six of training camp. According to Legends head coach Kevin Coyle, it was the unit’s best day of training camp.
“We hit some plays in the red zone that we scored on,” Coyle said. “It was positive as the quarterbacks did a nice job down there. Overall, it was a consistent day for the offense.”
The successful day started with a little pep talk. In team warmups, Coyle challenged the offense to be more aggressive in drills.
The message was received well. Throughout practice, several players locked in on their reps. The hard work paid off as the offense looked crisp moving in and out of the huddle.
“We were matching the defense’s energy from the previous days,” Folston said. “We have to keep the energy high and keep grinding.”
The offensive outburst spread to several players. After Jones reeled in his touchdown, the entire offense ran onto the field in celebration.
An offensive lineman picked Jones up as the offense celebrated another dynamic play. The celebratory scene left a smile on Coyle’s face. He knew his offense was rounding into form.
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“We took a major step forward offensively,” Coyle said. “It was what they needed. Coaches did a good job emphasizing things to work well.”
Quarterback Justin Holman agreed. He mentioned that the offense played with energy and it helped him be more relaxed under center.
“We are starting to come together as an offensive unit,” Holman said. “It takes a little more time to really dig into the playbook. We are figuring out who can do what and build some cohesiveness. Today, we had great communication and played fast.”
Holman was the quarterback on Jones’ touchdown. He said the play was made due to their chemistry developed throughout individual drills.
“Those are the moments that build camaraderie as an offensive unit,” Holman said. “Those moments we want to celebrate as we will be doing that all season long.”
The Legends are back at practice on Friday morning. The offense will look to continue building momentum as training camp moves forward.
“We are starting to develop an identity,” Holman said.