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Outlaws mini-camp notes
December 10, 2000

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CRINER: “This camp is all about ATTITUDE and FUN – let’s have some fun and play football … Put the paperwork and the cheerleaders and the business structure and the skepticism behind us, and let’s line up and do what we do best – play and coach and enjoy the game we love!”

Compared to the skill/passing camp in November, the intensity of today’s sessions definitely picked up a few notches due to the presence of 40 defensive players. Five minutes into stretching exercises at Sunday’s 8:00 a.m. session, friendly chatter and harmless trash-talking filled the air.

The Outlaw secondary brought their A-game to the table, looking to form some chemistry on par with that of the QB’s and WR’s, who have a week together under their belt. Former NFL standouts such as S Toby Wright, a Pro Bowl alternate for the St. Louis Rams in 1998, and S Jason Kaiser, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs, displayed composure, speed and professionalism in the defensive backfield. Las Vegas’ linebacking corp added plenty of energy to all drills, impressing onlookers with their combination of size and speed. Former Ohio State Buckeye Marcel Willis, Nebraska and Denver Bronco LB Troy Dumas, and the athletic Toran James emerged as the early leaders of an aggressive corp.

The presence of both offensive linemen and defensive linemen brought the smashmouth element to today’s sessions, creating a buzz even during the non-contact drills. Kelvin Kinney, a 6-7, 270 lb. DE out of Virginia State, DT Blaine Berger (6-4, 305) and another former Bronco, DE Antonio Edwards (6-3, 271) happily mixed it up in the trenches with Outlaws O-linemen Pat Kesi (the hootin’ and hollerin’ Las Vegas resident), Eric Bateman and six-year NFL veteran Ike Davis.

5:15 - Wake-up/Tape
6:30-7:45 - Breakfast
7:45 - Bus Departs for A.M. Practice
8:20-10:20 - Practice
10:30 - Bus Departs for Hotel/Gold’s Gym (Weights – OL/DL/TE/LB)
12:15 - Lunch/Tape
1:15 - Position Meetings
2:30 - Bus Departs for P.M. Practice
3:00-4:30 - Practice
4:40 - Bus Departs for Hotel
6:00 - Dinner
8:00-10:00 - Meetings/Video Review
11:00 - Lights Out

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CRINER, PART II: “I was so excited to work with the offensive line, I forgot some of those other guys were out there!” (Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner also oversees Las Vegas’ offensive centers, guards and tackles, along with blocking schemes involving the running backs and tight ends)

MORE CRINER: “It was fun to have 70 NFL-quality players on the field today … Our guys are in excellent shape and really impressed the coaches with their speed … As I look at the talent level of our squad, I continue to be very proud of our draft … It’s going to be very difficult to cut this group of 70 down to a 38-man active roster six weeks from now … However, that’s a nice problem to have – in fact, I would expect many of these guys that we have to cut to start for other teams in the XFL once the season starts.”

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