The Guard Post | Ranthony Texada, Gavin Hayes, and WR/DB Breakdowns

The Guard Post | Ranthony Texada, Gavin Hayes, and WR/DB Breakdowns


What’s up guys welcome to the first episode of the guard post podcast, I’m super excited to have you with me We got a lot of great content for you today starting with positional breakdowns and ending with interviews Super excited to have you on once again cue the intro This is your host Zach regarde and this is the guard post All right before I get into any positional breakdowns I’m gonna start with how this episode is gonna be formatted and how the episodes in the future are gonna be formatted They’ll be format in segments or shifts. So this first shift will be wide reciever breakdowns The second shift will be our interview with Gavin Hayes. The third shift will be safety breakdowns The fourth shift will be cornerback breakdowns and the fifth shift will be our interview with R, Anthony Tejada Super excited for all this so we’re gonna go ahead and get started with our wide receiver breakdowns right now So first before we get started about what these wide receivers are with this wide wide receiver group is I’m gonna start with what I look for when I look at wide receivers and the first things gonna be press release I want to see how their feet are how their hand fight how they get off of a press cuz that’s one of the Most important parts of being an elite receiver and that’s one of the first things I look for the next thing is route running I want to see how well the guy runs route how Christon fast. He’s out of brakes how Quickly, he cuts off a route or comes out of a brake how he uses leverage to fool defender into thing He’s going one way but then he goes the next those are huge parts and both those are Huge and beating man coverage was the first thing I look for in a receiver if he can beat man coverage He has a possibility of being a very good receiver The next thing I look for of course is hands you have to be able to catch the ball as a receiver again you’re in the ball thrown to you So one of the most important things so if you can’t catch the ball consistency That’s a knock in my book and I get a little bit worried so now I’m just gonna go ahead and get into these receivers and who I like and What I think of each one, we’re gonna talk about all n of them I believe there are some of them be shorter than the others, but we’re gonna go ahead and get started The first one’s gonna be DeMarcus Ayers, he’s gonna wear number one for the Guardians. He’s from Houston. He’s 25 years old He’s 5 9 185 pounds a little bit on the shorter side, it’s College. That’s he played in 40 games had a 141 receptions had 1686 yards receiving nine touchdowns and 12 yards per reception. He also played for pittsburgh for a couple games in the NFL He played in two games had 13 targets six receptions 53 yards receiving and one touchdown so he had a decent little bit of production in the NFL yet his cup of tea Which is good. It’s nice to see a guy with NFL production on this roster. So some of the things I like about him He’s a shifty dude. He’s really shifty. He makes people miss a lot. He’s great in the open field, which is fantastic He’s got some punt return ability So he did that a lot at Houston And he did some of that in the NFL’s not as much but he did some and that’s really good for a guy to be Able to do multiple things. He’s primarily a slot guy. That’s where I spent most of his time But one of the my main knocks on him is he didn’t have an expansive route tree at Houston I don’t know how many routes he ran when he was in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh usually has a pretty developed passing game Which is good at Houston. He ran mostly slant screens and goes there’s a lot of that He didn’t really have anything else he ran which is a little worrying when I watch him He has the skills on shiftiness to be a great route runner. You see it on his press releases You see it when he’s making guys miss in the open field. He has a Spurs and Quickness to be able to be a great route runner. He’s coached up on it. I think he could be really good there He’s got a good hands, too Didn’t drop a lot of passes made a couple highlight reel catches and then he has good speed as well He works primarily out of the slot So he didn’t get to see a lot of his press release But I think he has the shiftiness to be good there as well overall I think he’s a guy that’ll end up making this roster. I like him. I like what I saw from his film So he’s a guy I’m excited to watch The next guy we’re going to talk about is Tanner gentry out of Wyoming. He’s number 19. He’s 25 years old He’s 62 and 200 pounds. He’s got good size about him He’s probably one of the most productive receivers from college that we have on this roster. He had played in 42 games had 180 receptions 2815 yards 20 touchdowns 15.6 yards per reception in his last two seasons He was 18 plus and his yards per reception, which is really good in the NFL he had his cup of tea played in four games had six targets through receptions for 35 yards didn’t produce as much as DeMarcus Ayers in the NFL but of course he was with Chicago. It’s a less pass heavy offense Some of the things I like about him though. So it really good It’s made a lot of hire our trail caches at Wyoming. So that’s always a good thing. He’s got plus body control He’s a really good red zone guy. I noticed he runs pretty good routes in red zone gets open makes players on the ball He’s got decent speed. He’s not the fastest guy. He’s not the best yards after catch guy either I noticed he averaged like 3 yards after catch in college, which isn’t great But he was mostly a downfield receiver. So he didn’t have to make a ton of yards after catch plays He’s not the fastest out of brakes and his long stance and all his fall steps and it causes him to struggle against press When you have to take an extra step, it’s time wasted. Let’s throw a cornerback get into you You don’t want that to happen as a wide receiver So shortening up his stance will fix a lot of his problems and I think a good coach can coach him up on that Some of the things I really like about him though. Is he shows an understanding of leverage? I remember watching his film in one go route He weaved in and out of the cornerbacks blind spot Making this guy twist and turn until he was open and then he ended up making a miraculous catch on a bad throw from Josh Allen but that route was really good even though as a simple go route He showed understanding of leverage and weaved in and out of this guy’s blind spot and made him super confused That’s something I really like about him. And then just his body control is really good when he’s up in the air He’s got really good hands. Like I said, and he’s a pretty good route runner He shows an understanding of those things which is good and I think his a lot of athleticism maybe a little lacking but he’s got the skills to make this roster and I really like him as a possible under the radar guy to be our third or fourth receiver on this roster Maybe even the number two guy Next thing I want to talk about is Jason Harris the second he’s gonna be one down five for us. He’s from Indiana He’s got a really inspiring story during his time in college He had three ACL injuries one in 2014 2016 and 2017 But he came back every time to play again. He’s really fast. He ran a 4-3 seven after the three knee injuries He’s on the smaller size He’s five eight and hundred seventy-two pounds and he’s 25 years old This college stats 30 games played fifty eight receptions 507 yards four touchdowns and 8.8 yards per catch. He was mainly a punt returner and kick returner in college though So he had 33 punt returns 425 punt return yards twelve point nine yards per punt return three punt return touchdowns and then kick return stats are 20 kick returns 404 kick return yards twenty point two yards per kick return and this is all at, Indiana He didn’t spend any time in the NFL which is a little worrying I can understand that cuz due to his injury concerns, but he’s fast. That’s what I like He could be a really good special teams guy for us our main punt returner So he’s got a lot of talent there. The only thing that worries me is injury history I don’t like that and then his just has this one dimensionality that’s not does do to making a roster when you’re only valuable in one sense as a Lower-level guy you’re less likely to make a roster Jason Harris would just end up being on a special teamer and that’s not conducive to making a roster so I don’t see him making The roster I think he could surprise some people with the speed and that’s his number one traits But I think his lack of size and lack of his experience that receiver wound up hurting him Thanks guy. We’re gonna talk about is Tavon jacobs. Couldn’t find a number on him. He’s from Maryland He’s 24 25 years old couldn’t find an exact age on him. He’s 511 170 pounds he’s got decent height a little bit smaller though and frame. He’s got 36 games played in college. He had 93 receptions 1145 yards nine touchdowns and twelve point three yards per reception. He also had a couple punt returns I don’t have those stats up though. He spent his first preseason in Baltimore and he got some praise from John Harbaugh I can’t remember which brother it is. But one of the Harbaugh brothers that coaches there. I’m pretty sure it’s John He got a lot of praise from him during training camp saying he was a good route runner He ended up getting cut but that’s always promising when you’re getting praise from a guy like John Harbaugh some of things I like he’s a slot guy. He’s shifty. He makes people miss very well. He’s a pretty decent kick returner. He’s got good speed He’s a decent route runner. He looks shows a decent ability against press He’s a good all-around player, but he couldn’t get too consistent time at Maryland and that bother that bothers me a little bit There’s something about that that sticks in my brain. Like hey, you were rotating at Maryland. Why are you getting more playing time? And then he just didn’t have a lot of production which was a little worried Decent all-around player. He has a chance to make this roster. He’ll be battling for one of those last two spots Most likely it’ll be a tough battle for him though an uphill battle Next guy we’re going to talk about is Justus Liggins. He’s gonna wear number 17 for the Guardians He played at stephen f austin during times smaller d1 double-a. He’s 24 years old. He’s 6 1 and 210 pounds He’s got good size in college He played 36 games only started 13 of them had 102 receptions 1001 her 66 yards eight touchdowns And he only had two 100-yard gains to put that in comparison to a guy like Tanner Gentry who had seven 100-yard gains in his senior year So that’s a little bit wearing. He’s a little lacking from a production standpoint And then also just as a route runner. He had a very limited route tree at stephen F austin a lot of these guys have limited routes trees out of coming out of college But the good thing is this guy spent time in Indianapolis and was on San Diego’s practice squads two years in a row San Diego kind of has a history of developing good receivers There’s a possibility he’s developed a lot during that time But just his lack of route running experience and then the lack of production in college worries me a little bit He’s a great athlete though. And then he’s also great at the catch point. He usually comes down with it Just due to his size athleticism a physicality. He’s also got really good yards a catch ability is a great yaki guy I think he’ll be battling for that fifth or sixth spot on this roster He’s a pretty athletic guy that could push him onto the roster. We’ll have to just wait and see till camp the next thing I’m gonna talking about is Makayla. McKay is gonna wear number 82 for the Guardians. He’s originally from Cincinnati He’s 26 years old 64 and 210 pounds this college. That’s 45 games played one hundred and eight receptions 2,000 34 yards 18 point 8 yards per reception 19 touchdowns and five 100-yard games He’s coming from a little bit less of a passing system know Cincinnati didn’t moved to the spread until like a year or two ago What I like about him, he’s big. He’s athletic. He’s our tallest receiver. I believe and he makes plays on the ball He was called big play Mackay during his time in Cincinnati and his time in San Antonio with the AF He was a number one receiver down there. He was a big play guy. He made a lot of plays downfield He’s go up and get him kind of guy. He’s got good speed for his size The only thing that worries me as a limited or out tree like most of these guys But I feel like he developed a lot of that at San Antonio and during his time in the NFL which he spent in Dallas Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Tennessee and a practice squad in Jacksonville he spent a lot of time with NFL coaches meaning he could have developed his route tree more which is Promising and I think he’s a guy that ends up making the roster is one of the top two receivers on the team Just due to his size and athleticism and I think Kevin Gilbride is gonna really like his style of play The next guy we’re going talking about is Octavius Myles. He’s number 13. He’s played for Alabama A&M He didn’t really have an age for him. I’m guessing it’s probably around 25 like most of these guys That’s my kind of median age for this roster. His height is 510. He’s a 174 pounds. He’s a little light He’s got decent height. He went to college at Alabama A&M. He’s mostly returner there I couldn’t really find any stats on him and he doesn’t have any NFL experience He’s really good returned man from his time, Alabama, Alabama A&M The competition is a little bit lesser there, but he is still a good return man. He’s really fast Doesn’t have great size he doesn’t have any production which worries me as a wide receiver and I just haven’t seen enough that it was route running to really think oh this guy’s gonna be a good route runner I’d have to see more. I just don’t know how good he is. He doesn’t have a lot of experience at receiver Which worries me and I don’t know if he’s gonna make the roster once again like a guy like Jason Harris He has this one dimensionality that I wouldn’t want on my roster If I was building it I like guys were able to do multiple things and be useful in multiple ways to my team and I think a guy like Octavius miles Would be one-dimensional and wouldn’t be able to really help on the offensive side of the ball You’d have to be a guy like Devin Hester who was just a fantastic return guy would return it 14 touchdowns in the season To be able to make the roster as a one-dimensional kind of guy Come off the way it was see with him if he’s developed and you’re out running his since he’s left college The next thing we’re talking about is Colby Pearson. He’s originally from bi BYU He wears number three, he’s 24 years old 6 feet tall and 195 pounds his college stats He played in 30 games had seventy six receptions 864 yards and eight touchdowns He spent time in the NFL with Green Bay on their practice squad and some of his preseason in Atlanta He’s really was eventually cut with an injury waiver in Atlanta. It’s got average size. I don’t know much else about him I couldn’t find a lot of film or really anything on him. So he’s kind of a mystery in my mind He’s probably gonna end up battling for that fifth or sixth spot I know I’ve read an article saying he was underutilized at BYU x’d and says stats are a little lower We’ll have to wait and see with him just production the lack of production worries me a little bit but we’ll just have to wait and see the Next guy is Dalton paunch Elia. I don’t have a number for him. He was recently signed He went to Western Kentucky and before that he went to a smaller school. I can’t recognize He’s 24 25 couldn’t find an exact age and he’s 511 and 190 pounds His college stats are a little underwhelming. He played in one game had one reception for 15 yards during his time at Western, Kentucky Somehow he worked that into a mini camp with the Jags and then sometime in the CFL with Montreal He looks like he has decent speed from a CFL tape. I saw it’s got decent hands. He’s like decent all-around player He doesn’t have really anything flashy to him, which worries me a little bit I like to have a guy with a higher ceiling than this But I think he could provide some consistency at a slot position as I kind of a bigger slot He reminds me a bit of tavon Jacobs and I think tavon Jacobs is a little bit better route runner So we’ll just have to wait and see with him I Don’t think he ends up making the final roster just due to the fact that he’s similar to a guy who I believe is better Than him, of course. I haven’t seen a ton of this guy’s tape. It was hard to find tape on him concern He had very little college production We’ll just have to wait and see with him. Like I said, he was a recent signee he could end up showing out in camp Next guy I’m gonna talk about steel reading some bowling-green. He doesn’t have a number yet. He’s 25 years old He’s 6 1 and 180 pounds He played in 38 games. He started 19 of them had 171 targets 94 receptions 14 touchdowns 1328 yards and 14 point 1 yards per reception Spent time in the NFL with Detroit and they’re in their preseason. It was practice squad in Washington and practice squad in Green Bay So some of the things like how to get on him. He’s not the biggest guy Weight-wise, he’s a little skinny for being 6 1 or towards middle, but he could get bullied Hopefully he’s bolt up maybe 10 to 15 pounds. I’d like to see him around that 195 range But he’s got really good body control and he’s a plus at the catch point this guy made so many contested catches in college he made like a 10-minute highlight reel of just those He didn’t have a really extensive route tree from what I saw He only ran basically goes slants and screens because that’s what a lot of colleges do with their best player But he’s got really good athleticism Speed wise bone your sixth one you can use longer stride. So you don’t have to be the fastest guy. I Think the one way he makes this roster is he was at camp with contested catches? I mean once you make three or four contested catch in a week guys are like, oh this guy might have something to him They start working on his route running and everything like that. He’s a guy I really like from that perspective He’s kind of my Dark Horse to make this roster as a recent signee He just flashes on tape. He’s got a really high ceiling. He reminds me of a Marvin Jones with Les route running So Marvin Jones is known for his contested catches he’s really underrated in the NFL and He reminds me of that t/o reading does And I think he has the ability to have that kind of ceiling maybe a little bit lower just a little less athleticism then Marvin Jones, but he has a similar build a similar athleticism to him Nice guy, I’m gonna talk about Damon. She he gets epi I’m gonna call him dsg. Cuz it’s a little bit easier to say he’s gonna be wearing number 15 for the Guardians He’s from Phoenix Community College. Not a lot of competition at that level. He’s 24 years old. He’s 511 or not He weighs around 180 185 pounds decent size He was mostly returned man in college and the NFL, you know Everybody knows that story about him having to lie his way into a workout with the Browns before ending up on their roster It’s really inspirational. I believe in the end of returning that touchdown in preseason I don’t have a lot of college that’s on him concerting He’s from a community college, but he was the NCAA double a leader and kick return yards and touchdowns in 2016 So he looks like he’s a really good returner lack of experience at receiver worries me It hasn’t spent a lot of time there when he was at his CC. I looked at the highlights really quick They just gave him the ball in any way possible what he was running back receiver quarterback Just any way to get this guy the ball cuz he’s fast So that’s one of his pluses – he’s extremely fast But he just doesn’t have a lot of experience – receiver his route running may not be very good I don’t know about his hands but he’s a really interesting name to keep an eye on I could see him making this Roster just as a story and his ability as a kick returner in part returner and his ceiling other than that I’m not really sure what he brings but dsg is a really interesting man We keep an eye on and hopefully hands up making this roster as a kick returner and pot returner he’s really talented there and Could bring a really useful skill to this team being a devin hester type of guy because I think he has that kind of ceiling Thanks guy my talked about his and reverb boys. He’s gonna wear number seven. He’s frigidly from delaware He’s 25 years old 510 and 205 pounds. He’s a stockier, dude Could not find any of his stats, which is a little worrying even on Delaware’s website. They didn’t have any stats The football reference for a college football I couldn’t find anything on him. He’s not that biggest guy Little stocky. He doesn’t have a lot of production from what I can see He has a little bit of punt return to kick returner ability. I saw from some Springle tape. He looks like he has good footwork I saw at me off the press a couple times which looked really good Some of those guys were lunging and not being very good corners But I saw some flashes of pretty good footwork in his press release He looked like he had decent route running, but I just don’t know what else he brings We’ll have to see if he shows out in camp But I don’t know if he’ll make the final roster just because I don’t know what he brings to the team He may end up being a reliable guy in the slot which is why we might keep him But I think there are other guys on this roster that can make an impact there The next I were talking about is number 11. He’s from Purdue He’s our number one draft pick DeAngelo Yancey, he’s 25 years old, which surprised me when you look at a picture room He looks a lot older. He’s 62 and 220 pounds. He got really good size. He’s built he’s strong It’s College. That’s he played in 47 games started 36 of them He had 141 receptions 2,000 344 yards 20 touchdowns and nine 100-yard games He produced consistently throughout his entire career, which is a plus when you produce from a freshman to a senior in college That means you’re a consistent guy. Who’s a fifth round pick in the 2017 Draft by Green Bay He ended up on that practice squad and ended up on the New York Jets practice squad as well and spend some time with Tennessee during their preseason Like I said, this guy’s got great size. He’s built He’s strong got really good athleticism for his size – he ran a 4 or 5 3 44 being at 220 pounds Which is really good his footwork looked really good He looked really solid on his press releases, which surprised me when I watch this tape Usually when guys with this big they’re not really great footwork wise and quickness wise But I think he’s actually a plus there his route running has a question mark I didn’t see him run a lot of different routes at Purdue he ran a lot It goes a lot of screens a lot of slants like most of these college receivers do and his hands were questions He had some drops during his career, which was really bad. I remember watching I believe is an awesome game he had two pretty big drops one for a touchdown and one for First down which worried me and then I’ve read somewhere in a scouting report that he also had a bad case of drop throughout most of his career But he’s got really great Yaak ability. He just makes people people don’t want to tackle him He pushes them off stiff arms, um makes him miss and then I think he could end up being good route runner He showed flashes of it during his time at Purdue and he’s also just a great deep throat with great body control He’s a guy I really like when I first wanted to his film. I was like, I don’t know about him I don’t know much about him, but I watched it He’s gonna be really good guys. That’s as simple as that He’s gonna be an athletic big strong receiver kind of like a Hakeem Nicks in this Calvin Gilbride offense So I’m excited for him and that’s kind of the end of breaking down all these receivers now I’m just gonna talk about who I think is gonna make the roster and how many of them are going to Most NFL rosters and obtained six or seven receivers I think we’ll end up taking around there as well some my lock for this roster are Tanner gentry McHale McKay D’Angelo hands, he had DeMarcus Ayers I think they’re all just too talented to not make the roster and then there’s the battle for the last two or three spots That’s gonna be to be between tavon jacobs t already Dsg, justice Liggins of Pearson Colby Pearson the way I see that kind of budding out is we’re probably gonna get a slot guy in Tavon, jacobs, I think justice Liggins end up making the roster due to his athletic talent And I think teal reading does is – does as well I know Kevin Gilbride likes his bigger receivers and I think teal writing has that ability To be a really good guy and I think tavon shave slides into the slot as well I can see dsg making it instead of guys like maybe just as Liggins just due to his plus returned ability and Then out of the race guys I don’t see really having much of a chance of making the roster up on Sheila for boys Myles and Harris They’ll really one-dimensional or just average and without a high ceiling or another facet to your game I don’t really see making seeing you making the roster I could see miles or Harris and the pushing TSG out due to their return ability if they were turned better than the SG then The issue is gonna be on the chopping block Probably but we’ll just have to wait and see how training camp plays out super excited for that super excited for this position Love it I think we had a lot of good competition here a lot of good size and athleticism And now we’re gonna go ahead and go to break before we go into our interview with Gavin Hayes What’s up guys welcome to the break Here’s where I plan to have a couple of trailers or teasers or me. Just showcasing a certain podcast That’s about the XFL of football. If you’re interested in doing this, feel free to send me any Teasers or trailers under 20 to 30 seconds for your podcast and I’ll go and throw them in my breaks. Thank you guys so much What’s up, guys? I’m here with Gavin Hayes a writer for the XFL board. He’s a fantastic resource You can find his articles on XFL board comm and other places as long as well as Twitter and different things like that How you doing, man? I’m doing great. Happy to be here That’s great. How was your holidays? It was great some good time off spending a lot of time with family And I’m just finally happy to be back in the groove. Oh Yeah, I get that I get that So I know you’re covering the Guardians and when it comes to football, I’m just kind of curious wanna help you Tell your story a little bit. What’s your experience around football and like sports journalism just in general? So when I started sports journalism I was just a big fan of minor league baseball and I went to a lot of minor league baseball games and I started writing articles for a website called amazing prospects and on Instagram as well on my own site That’s kind of something. That was just a passion project. I did but I eventually started writing for fan source and network or no fan source headquarters or something like that They shut down. That’s why I don’t remember the name. They then switch to prompt they then switch to prime time sports and There I wrote about the Jets and the AFC East I’m from upstate New York and I’m a judge season ticket holder so, yeah, and I started writing articles there on football and Soon enough I saw the XFL coming around and I wasn’t really enjoying things at prime time Even though it’s a great place to write I’d have recommend it to anyone It’s just there’s a lot of people there and it just holding in my situation that I you know I I felt comfortably so I ended up switching and I went on to write for the FFL board which is fantastic say and ever since I’ve been doing articles on the Guardians and I’ll hopefully be reporting on some games for the Guardians and My own personal experience with football I’ve played up until I think 8th grade and Now I’m playing for my varsity team and read up analyst yeah, so I’m looking forward to a good season and I’m very excited What position do you play? So I came to the ER as a right guard, but it looks like I’ll be Center Center that’s a tough position then I was uh, so I played football all the way up till Sophomore year of college I was with d3. So it’s nothing super special, but I was playing safety So a little more familiar with the defensive side of the ball, but offensive line is a tough position, man It’s one of the hardest in the game Yeah, I mean it takes a lot of commitment, but you learn to love it and that’s pretty impressive. I mean Division three football It’s a full-time job wouldn’t really get down to it. Oh, yeah so, you know, I just stopped due to injury sadly but It was still that was a blast when I was doing it, but it was tough It’s still we don’t put as much time as those d1 guys But we still put on a lot of time and we don’t even get scholarships for it. So yeah, ya know it’s a lot of work, but it’s something that going forward personally, I’d really have to like Sit down and think about oh, yeah. It’s Take my way. Yeah Alright so now we’re gonna get into like a little bit about the XFL here what What made you super excited about this team as a whole when it comes to just the Guardians and the XFL? What made you what made super excited? Well, I saw about it You know a few years back that I was coming back and that was interesting I’ve seen the 34:30 on the old league and as I started to do more research into it I realized that this wasn’t going to be like the old league and that This this is going to be something that lasts and stays and as someone who enjoys about writing, you know about sports and just commentating on things in general I decided to jump on the opportunity to write about the XFL and especially in swiss the New York Guardians the fact that they play at MetLife Stadium and They’ve been doing a lot of great work for the tri-state area Um, you see them, you know every week they’re there doing something and charitable It’s you know, you you see you see that with all you know professional teams But it really does make a greater impact when this is a newly established league with newly established players and they’re just doing everything they can to Create an impact. I’m on the people on You know, it should create jobs It should create a sense of community for a lot of people and it’s just like general I was really excited about I have told him a sense. I mean when I’m so I’m not from New York I’m actually from the I live in the Portland area now, so it’s kind of weird that I picked one across in the country But when I was just looking at teams and stuff, I noticed I looked at the roster. I looked at the Uniforms, those are the two things that kind of sold me loved the ball the way the rocks was constructing the uniforms are awesome but then I just saw like a Presence they’ve had like especially just the ex-felon the general has had like in the community I think it’s a huge step up and it’s definitely shaping a different image of the league than what people immediately assume when they are oh, I suppose can be like in 2001 but seeing this them helping community just being good people like I’m sure they are is Definitely helping the image of the league. I mean no matter what impact the XFL has on football in general. I that it’s not even going to be as great as the impact they’ve made with you know, some of these cities that they’re in and It he saw it’s great even football, but it’s more about it’s not necessarily about the fact that they’re doing the charitable work It’s that they’re creating this they and I just commend I just commend anyone involved in it for that Just creating them and getting us off the ground must have been extremely difficult. Oh, I bet I bet I mean Poof. It’s just it’s tough to thing about. I’m just happy it’s here Now we get to creating Community around it and they get to help create this community that we’re all going to be a part of them It’s gonna be a blast Or so when it comes to minicamp. Did you go minicamp this year? No, so I I started writing articles during minicamp because okay I don’t I applied before and then I started writing during so but I mean it was good I’ve some topics right about did you go to any of the camp? No, I wasn’t able to I’m up in Portland many camps were going on I was actually heading up to Alaska for time with my family My dad’s up there Wow, so I was able to go I kept track as much as I could Did you hear anything good coming out of Medicare for the Guardians anything that stood out to you? um Personally, I was really impressed by Matt McGowan. Um, I mean, obviously You know, you expect certain things out of someone who played in the NFL Started games like that, but the more he looked into it the more you saw on video He was you know, the relationships he was creating with his wide receivers and the way he was getting the ball to guys I’m actually really excited to see what he can do. I don’t think he’s necessarily an NFL level anymore. But I think that he’s Even he’s more than a leader He’s gonna you know He’s he’s got this experience that I think could actually propel the Guardians to a higher level play Than even expected because the Guardians roster isn’t anything phenomenal we’re in it, you know, it’s it’s not up and down You know got, you know names that you know, like some of these other teams but but all these guys are talented pure athletes and that’s what I really When I look at this roster, I see kind of the same thing in Matt McGloin the he’s For me first off when Kevin Gilbride system I think he’s gonna thrive I think cuz he has that guy like Eli Manning Thrive in it and things so I think this is a system that he can thrive in I think he can do really well in also just he’s almost kind of been here before doubted Looked down upon I mean he walked onto Penn State and ended up like fighting for a job almost an entire career to get into the NFL So it’s almost like he’s been here before and I think it’s a useful tool for Him because he’s net like it’s almost like he’s almost never been the best guy wherever he’s been at but he’s been thrust into the opportunity and most a lot of these guys were the best guys where they are at but when they got in the NFL they weren’t so it’s A little different for them now But here’s a guy that used to this and can like help his team go through this and hopefully fight for off spot That’s it. That’s exactly what the XFL is all about I mean, these are guys who are coming into this league with some experience But there’s also guys with no professional experience. There’s no money of P. There’s plenty of people in this league that You know It’s let me say like this pitch diverse and that’s what’s gonna be interesting and I think having such a reliable guy like McCoy and it’s gonna be big Oh, yeah, definitely because I look at guys like on other rosters guys like Jordan Tom Ooh, um even Erin Murray hasn’t had a lot of experience in the league and other teams like that Just they kind of see it They might be lacking that experience at a QB standpoint that may hurt them a little bit later down the road So I think we got really something special on that mug going the fact that he’s taken NFL snaps He’s been in under pressure situations. I mean, he was super popular that 20. I can’t remember exactly What season was I think is 2014 it was 2013-2014 around that time. Yeah where you have? I remember, I wrote an article on it today and I just highlighted the fact that he’s done this before and he the advantage the Guardians have with him and He’s impressed in minicamp and he’s I could only I could only say, you know good things going forward about him I can almost guarantee that because he’s he’s a professional and Some of these guys just flat-out are there their raw talent? but McCoy and F Lee so when we can rely on I Know and there’s nothing to say against those guys that are raw talent. They’re here to learn That’s what they’re gonna do and just and we’re just praising that we’re going cuz he’s gonna be a guy that helps those guys out And that’s something I got really intrigued in with him. Are you gonna be going to training camp at all? Um, I hope I haven’t talked to anyone about that. The only thing is is that I believe it’s in Houston So, oh, yeah it is. I forgot. I always forget that you’re so weird to me. That’s so weird They’re all having a combined training camp So, uh, unless unless something happens. I just don’t think it’s gonna be realistic for me to be in that area So I totally get that Yeah, ya know I mean a few years down the road maybe when things are really, you know Ion, I know on the right track. I’ll definitely be there. But as of now, it’s just not something that’s realistic. Oh, yeah Few years are not from now. They may not be having training camp in. Oh and one localized spot Yeah, so, all right So now we’re gonna get in a little bit of what I’m gonna be talking about What I talked about most on this episode is the wide receivers safeties and cornerbacks I know you said you’re gonna have a couple guys coming in when you came into here to talk about So, what are those some of those guys? So at the wide receiver position, I think it’s only fair to highlight the Angelo Yancey. Oh Yeah, in a in a strange way. He’s become the poster boy for the team Um, the guy was a star at Purdue and oh, yeah He’s obviously got talent um he’s only 25 years old and he’s gonna be someone who comes in and I could see he gets some really legitimate looks at the NFL. He spent limited time with Green Bay. Nothing really happened there Yeah, but he’s a guy who I could see Making a very quick impact on this league, especially with McCoy I think that I think that McCoy is gonna find you a lot open I think that they’ll have a great relationship be considering their place. I was almost feed off each other This one’s a guy who’s not necessarily gifted athletically But he will he will get the ball to everyone on the field in the right positions Yeah, he’s a guy who’s gonna be all over the field. He’s gonna put himself in those positions and At the wide receiver position I could just see him being a standout I could just see it now As a guy he reminds me of that used to be in Kevin Gilbride Zhou Spence is Hakeem Nicks I don’t know why it’s the big size the athleticism He just casually Reminds me that I know he had a little bit of a problem with drops in college I remember like seeing it when I was watching some of his ap it’s a little bit of a problem with drops I can obviously Be fakes to just practice practice practice But I mean his athleticism and he’s he’s actually a decent he’s defense decent on the press release which is huge Those are things I really liked when I watch this film just the hands is a little worrying but his athleticism and everything just kind of offsets that and I could see him playing kind of a Hakeem Nicks role in this offense because he’s big athletic kind of like Yeah, I you know, he’s in my opinion I think he’d thrive in a deep dirt road, but I don’t think you’re gonna get that necessarily with McCoy I’d like to see him going over the middle becoming more versatile at the position and Even being a force on special teams if need be because he’s definitely stop the speed. He’s it’s all there It’s just a matter of how this is all gonna, you know, come together Oh, yeah, and like most of the receivers in this league route run He’s gonna be the biggest thing for him if he can work and develop his route running It’s gonna be huge for him because you have in that – he did not run a large route tree there was a lot of like slants hitches and goes because he was that deep threat there and So I could see a lot of that when it comes to his game He just needs to work on his route running diversify his route tree and that’s gonna be huge Ya know What’s the next guy? You’re gonna talk about? Okay. So the next I have on my list is Demetrius Cox safety, um now Cox is He’s a little bit problematic, but hey, I can get past that you know So he actually played in four games for Carolina He was then released and scientist Cincinnati at MSU. He was a standout for good reason – and for bad reasons Yeah, he had a run-in with a cab driver or something I mean, I’m not gonna talk about it too much because yeah, honestly It’s just not my business and I’m here for him as an athlete. Oh, yeah, and that’s that’s why he’s here Not only 25 years old. He brings raw talent this team and He obviously had potential, you know coming out of Coming out of Michigan to be looked at as Michigan State as somebody who who offers More than advertised I think it with the right coaching and the and a good amount of I don’t know like changing he you know if he can change his game to fit the XFL rules to fit it all I think he’ll be Somebody who also gets picked up by an NFL team, especially for the long term with four games under its belt Oh, yeah, I noticed a couple of things when I watched him. He played a little bit of cornerback and safety He was versatile, which I liked especially for my safeties. I like when they are trusted to be able to cover like that and the one thing I noticed that was a little iffy about his game is he seemed to struggle a little bit with run fits which Worried me. You never want a safety that struggles with his run fits. He’s got to be able to go downhill I’d make the right play and take the right angle. But I mean his athleticism was good He had four interceptions and one forced fumble in college. He had two touchdowns So he makes plays and that’s a big thing at safety. You got to be able to make plays One guy I was oh yeah me too. One guy. I was looking at safety was Wesley Sutton from northern, Arizona He’s a guy I like you Go ahead I Was gonna say he looks interesting. He’s another one of those guys who’s obviously raw talent and he’s he’s probably you know, blessed to be here, but he’s also He’s here for a reason, you know if he’s gonna offer You know raw ability out of position where it’s it’s very it’s not very, you know, The depth that a defensive back just isn’t there and most leaves so I see him, you know I’ve heard good things about him cuz you know you you hear these reports on how everything’s going. You see the tin He’s just somebody that I’m interested in seeing how his career Pans out more and like he fits a role that I don’t really see in this this safety group for the Guardians He’s kind of a more of a free safety type and a lot of the guys we have are more downhill in the box kind of guys I didn’t get to see a lot of AJ handy so I couldn’t find film on him But I know Wesley Sutton is more of a free rate free safety type. He’s got really good range and good ball skills I’m a little worried injury consistent consistent he wise. I know he had some injuries in college but I mean when I watch this tape, he just flies across the field when he’s that deep safety, which is Really good at that safety spot something. I think we might be missing Until he comes over Yeah, I mean there’s any league there’s not that at these positions That’s about you know, the best talents in the NFL right now there’s no denying that but a guy like this can really develop into a player who Offers more to a team than meets the eye. Oh, yeah So now we’re down to that last position a cornerback, who’s that who’s one guy that really piques our interest at the corner position so This is probably one of my favorite guys on the roster in general. Dick want to Juan Neal Dhawan Neal I mean, yeah, I would never know how to say his name correctly, but he spent eight days with the Redskins. Okay, and Honestly you look at it you think he would have spent a year with the Redskins He’s a he’s very young last year was his rookie season the NFL but what I love most about him is that he’s coming out of Shepard University, which is a division to school and He represents everything it means to be in the XFL. This I is It’s just oozing with talent and you watch his film and you can see that something’s there He just needs the right people the right experience coaching to put it all together and put him on a field to become a force and to become a guy who you know five years down the road will be saying I can’t believe he was in the XFL and While the XFL is going to be a legitimate league. There’s always going to be better talent And this is one of those guys who I think well if he can stick around on this roster and work hard That he will give himself an opportunity because when I see him, you know, I see the footwork there I see a you know, the hands are obviously there and It’s he’s a playmaker at the cornerback position Know that’s it’s not necessarily rare, but he could easily I pull him up off the edge Have him go make a big tackle what I could see for a guy like this is like a Mini Jamal Adams that corner back were young gonna move him around and spot him around because he’s that versatile Size is one guy that I should Exactly. And this is one guy that I feel passionately about being successful and there’s not many on this for so that I can say That for because it is such broad Allen. This is this is my opinion is Undeniable. There’s a lot of guys on this roster who are just Extremely raw and just don’t necessarily fit into schemes and things like that this is somebody who I could see being versatile and Making plays all over the field which isn’t gonna happen much for many guys because these rosters are big. Oh, yeah, I Mean this dude. He also hits I was watchin saw his tape and some of the hits and then he’d molly-whopped some people Down hill with a force that’s something I love from the corner position I like corners that will go up and and make plays in the run It’s not the most important for me think for me when I watch the corner position. I understand Usually you’re not asked to do that. If it runs getting to your corner, usually you already failed 10 times so It’s just good to see a guy that’s willing to go make that play It’s kind of a plus where there doesn’t need to be a plus one guy corner that that’s what that’s Exact I that Even though you could be your number one cornerback. I put him at the two slot I’d put your best man coverage guy against the receiver Put him at the two slot and let him fly around and let him million claims wherever you can find them That’s just all I yeah, and when it comes to cover corners this next guy I want to talk about really quick is just one guy that piques my interest I interview him in this episode actually ran theny Tejada Oh, he’s from TCU Man, I love his band technique He’s just he’s sticky. That’s the one thing I can describe mez When I watched I looked up on YouTube is like CFL practice tape every single rep. He’s on his man The guy may catch it. He’s a little smaller. He’s like 510 just not the shortest guy in the world. He’s a little smaller But man, he’s got good speed. His band tech is good. His press technique is Fantastic, it has everything I’ve ever been taught as a defensive back and he does it perfectly so when I watch him, I’m just like oh I don’t care how Small to you or anything put him on the outside. Let him work. He will lock people down that’s something I saw when I watched him at TCU like sometimes the cut sometimes Gary Patterson scheme is a little mean two corners cuz they put some on our island a lot and Gary Patterson’s the coach at TCU but He seemed to thrive there He was an all big 12 corner in a in a division that has a plethora of like fast-moving offenses and a lot of skill at the receiver position and he just he thrived there so He’s one guy. I really love you. Thought he passes the fence when he was at TCU. This is one guy I think if he doesn’t make the roster It’ll be a travesty because I think he has everything he needs to be a really good man Corner Yeah, I mean, I I’m looking into them a little bit right now. I am somewhat familiar with them He definitely seems to to be able to put this all together I mean, he’s got some NFL experience that looks like he’s got an awesome Playing at TCU that you know, that’s playing some real football. Oh, yeah, it’s good. You know, he’s He’s not anything. I wouldn’t say. He said necessarily like I just attacked her talent for the XFL But I think he’s a team guy he want you want this man on your team, I think both because he’s going to be consistent it seemed With all these footwork and you know everything I’m seeing on this page right now I’m pretty sure that this is a guy that could play for any team in this league and even going forward. Oh, yeah He’s just one, dude I’ve just I’ve kind of locked on to as my guy him and Frank Kenda for the line back And those are two guys I’ve just locked onto as my guys when I look at this roster Yeah, I’ve always been a defensive guy myself. So those guys defensive guys You guys are I stick to and these two guys are just guys. I’m like they need to make this roster Hell I’m gonna be a little mad Well, I mean the clutch were gonna be interesting because oh, yeah they all of these teams have tons of guys on the roster and there’s gonna be a lot of talent floating around and I could see a lot of you know guys being picked up moved you know with and with the new are With the new rules, I could see certain guy fitting better into certain schemes and that could cause for a lot of transactions between team So I’m definitely excited for all it. Oh, yeah, I know and this cornerback positions can be really interesting we got Eight guys on the roster and I only expect five of them to make it probably because that’s usually how these rosters kind of tend To be built so it’s gonna be really interested in who makes this roster There’s a lot of guys that are pretty similar. So it’ll be interesting to see how that works together Yeah a lot of these guys are Coming out of big schools, but they haven’t had it easy after college. No, and I know they’re all willing to work for it and There’s a few of them that I think are going to be surprised is even if you look on the offensive side Which I’m more familiar with there’s a few linemen There’s a you know, there’s there’s certain guys that you that I’ve gone feelings about. Um, that could just be on the roster and you know, make an impact going forward and It’s it’s not a matter of the impact that they make it’s not if it’s a media or not it’s what they offer to the team more than anything because This is going to be a league where? You viewers are going to come from teams winning. It’s not going to be the players because Realistically. Nobody really knows who these guys are. So if they can win games things will go well Yeah, definitely I mean the winning games obviously and any team is the most important thing and especially in this league once you win games You’ll start getting more viewers. It’s just winning creates a community. You see it with my hometown team the Carolina Panthers or The Cleveland Browns or even the Jets? I mean no offense Jess, but when you’re losing you don’t community so winning cures all ills so We’ll see what you have. I mean this coming season, but I’m excited I think this sub roster has a pretty decent collection of players that could work really well in Kevin Gilbride system. So Yeah, I mean Gilbride is a real deal too, and I’m excited to see what you can do with these guys You know, I think reality might hit pretty hard for certain aspects of this league Yeah Play just might not be up to par but it’s not it’s not going to be close to We’ll play there’s a lot of NFL talent coming in here Oh, yeah, there’s a I think there’s gonna be a lot of roster transactions where it’s gonna create an environment where the league is competitive people care and You know You’re not gonna watch as you’ll see what the XFL is up to You really ought to see what the guardians are doing on Saturday or Sunday and see if they’re gonna win the game Just there for the XFL you’re there, you know to support whatever team you support And that’s gonna be the biggest thing for the XFL is creating those that team Support because you don’t want just fans of the league watching because they’re not as invested if you get guys supporting certain teams pretty adamantly then we get a lot of people invested in this and There’s a league and these team will make for great TV and the make the XFL a lot of money Which is kind of the main goal here and we cannot forget that Yeah, I mean if this we can stay afloat, I think you can do some great things. Oh, yeah Well, I’ve taken up a lot of your time Thank you for coming on it’s fine, you know pleasure. Where can they find you man? No problem So you can find me on Twitter and Instagram underscore Gavin underscore Underscore. I know it’s not the easiest but that’s just gavin hayes. You look my name up You’ll see some articles. I make sure to check out XFL board and read some articles. I mean We’ve got people reporting on every single team dragons wild cats renegade. What is it Roughnecks? Fighters battle hogs and defenders and Guardians. We’ve got people are reporting everywhere. So come check our articles out It’s gonna be great. If this league can make you know, make an impact and stick We’re on the ground floor of it. So just know, you know, we’re here to give you the news and everything like that Absolutely, man, everybody check out excel file board. I read some of the articles they’re amazing. Thank you for coming on man It’s been a pleasure No problem, man. Thank you so much. Absolutely. All right Welcome back from the break welcome to the third shift of this episode. I hope you guys enjoyed the interview with Gavin Hayes I know I for sure did but it was now we’re gonna go talk about our safeties and I’m gonna tell you what I look for in Safety’s first The first thing I look for is range that goes from sideline to sideline and coverage or from coming up field against the run Ranges means where he is on the field and how far he can make it to the next spot how fast he can get there So I look for guys with great range meaning they can roam sideline to sideline and still make plays on the ball One great way to look for this is when you’re watching the film you see a safety come to the middle field all the way To the sideline and make a play on a go route that shows great range The next thing I look for is run fits when I look at run fits The biggest thing I look for is the ability to get off the blocks and sustain gap responsibilities so a lot of safeties are expected to be part of the run defense while corners are not usually Safeties are usually expected to be downhill and make plays in the run So they’ve gotta be able to make tackles, but most probably they gotta be able to get off blocks and sustain gap responsibilities They can’t be making mistakes there because usually they’re the second to last line of defense The next thing I look for is instincts and anticipation this is just their ability to make plays really you have to understand route concepts and offensive concepts and you have to be able make a play on the ball That’s what I mean by instincts and anticipation because that’s one of the biggest parts of making a play and forcing a turnover So now we’re gonna go ahead and get into our breakdowns of each guy We’re gonna start with Travon ask you Henry or da H. He’s from West Virginia. University is gonna be wearing number 22 Don’t really have an age for him. I guess probably 25 or 26 considering when he graduated from college He’s 6 feet tall. He weighs 202 pounds good size his college stats. He played in 51 games He started all of them He had 155 solo tackles 53 assisted tackles nine and a half tackles for loss six interceptions one touchdown and 10 passes defensed And he spent a preseason in Pittsburgh during his time in the NFL si had a little bit of a cup of tea there When I watched his film I noticed he has decent speed and he can play both safety spots, which I like He’s pretty versatile in that way. He may struggle to shed some blocks, which is a little bit worrying I usually like a guy to be able to get off the blocks really well But most of the times he struggles against offensive lineman because he in the Box role in the game I watched so it’s as working Lyman blocks are hard to get off of because you’re not nearly as strong But usually you want to try to avoid them and dodge them instead of just taking them head-on He struggles a little bit run fits and run responsibilities. I think with a good coach though that can be solved He’s a pretty good athlete. Like I said, he’s got decent speed. He’s got decent burst, which I really like I didn’t see a whole lot in coverage, but I think he’s got the chops to do it I think he could be a decent strong saftey where he has to cover flat and curl type zones while playing in the box as well and He’s a guy I like I think he’ll end up being one of the safeties of the rotating and her starting just dude. Who’s Athletic ability and his resume. He played a lot meaning he can make plays and games The next guy were talking about is Demetrius Cox. He wears number these gonna wear number 36 for the Guardians He went to Michigan State. He’s 25 years old He’s six foot and 200 pounds almost the same build as javelin ask you Henry. These guys are very similar in college He played in 40 games He had 91 solo tackles 75 assisted tackles five-and-a-half tackles for loss one sack four interceptions two touchdowns two Fumble recoveries and one force fumble in the NFL he had more than a cup of tea He spent time with Cincinnati in the preseason. He spent time with Carolina in pre-season Eventually got some reps on special teams with Carolina. Then he was on Arizona’s practice squad in Cincinnati’s practice squad Some of the things I like about him. He played cornerback and safety in college So he serves a lot of versatility, which I like he understands coverages very well, which is a really good thing He’s a pretty good athlete from what I saw he’s able to move very well not the fastest guy But not a lot of these guys are safety. You don’t have to be the fastest position He kind of struggles with run fits a little bit Which makes me kind of hesitate sometimes but he was still able to make tackles and make plays on the ball We highlighted him in our talk with Gavin Hayes He’s the guy I’m really intrigued and I think he meant making plays for the Guardians. Next guy were talking about is AJ Hendy He’s gonna wear number 33. He’s from Maryland. He’s 26 years old 6 feet tall and weighs 210 pounds He’s a little bit bigger than the other guys. He played in 33 games had 91 solo tackles 51 assists tackles three sacks two interceptions two touchdowns seven passes defensed of four fumble recoveries He seems to be around the ball a lot, which I like in the NFL He spent some time with Miami and has some special teams reps there during the regular season was on the Chargers practice Squad I’m with Houston in the preseason. Like I said, he gets around the ball a lot I didn’t get to see a lot of film of him. I tried to find stuff but I couldn’t from his pro day He seems like a pretty decent athlete So he’s the guy I could see fighting for a spot this Position is gonna be really big Competition cuz we have a lot of guys of similar builds and similar abilities all fighting for those four or five spots I expect this to be really a battle and training camp and I think he’s gonna be a big part of it But I couldn’t find a lot of film on him But I think he’s a decent athlete he seems to be around the ball a lot So if he makes a bunch of plays in training camp, he’ll end up on the roster next guy when we’re talking about Andrew Soro, he’s gonna wear number 34 the Guardians. He’s from Florida Atlantic. He’s 23 years old 62 210 pounds He’s got really good size to him. He’s got good length in college He at 79 solo tackles 66 assisted tackles Tendin half tackles for loss three interceptions one fumble recovery and three passes defensed in the NFL He spent some time with Kansas City during that preseason from his film He looked like a plus tackler didn’t see him miss a lot of tackles made a lot of plays in the run He looked like he could play well in the box. He really likes to lay the wood not really sure about his coverage ability He makes plays on the ball, which is good He had three interceptions But didn’t have a lot of passes defensed safety isn’t really a position you get a ton of passes defensed in though So I’ll just have to wait and see with him But I think he could end up being a really useful tool as a down in the box safety that can cover a little bit better than maybe some of these other guys so I expect Him to make the roster. I like his ability He seems like a really good athlete if he doesn’t really contribute defensively he could contribute a lot of special teams Due to his size and his just athletic ability and his ability to tackle he’s a guy I really like and I kind of expect him to make a make some plays for our team and end up on the roster next thing I’m gonna talk about is Wesley Sutton. He’s from northern, Arizona He’s gonna wear number 28 northern Arizona’s a little bit smaller school deal in double-a So the competition isn’t as fierce as some of these other guys, but it couldn’t really find an age from ods He’s around 25 like most of these guys. He’s six feet tall and 185 pounds He’s a little bit on the slimmer side from these guys But there’s a reason why he played more free safety in college instead of strong safety So he was a little Ranger in college He played in 42 games had 96 solo tackles 56 assisted tackles ten and a half tackles for loss six interceptions one forced fumble and 18 passes defensed Didn’t doesn’t really have any experience in the NFL that I could find Like about him, he’s rangy. He’s got really good ball skills. I’m a little worried and injury-wise I know he had a couple injuries in college. I don’t know how serious they were. I like his skills He seems to really understand past concepts Really knows how to make a play on the ball and use proper technique when going for a football and I think you could play Well in a free safety spot We don’t really have a lot of guys maybe Andrew soro could but we don’t really have a lot of guys that can play that Free safety spot. I haven’t seen a lot of AJ hindi films So maybe he can’t but I think Wesley Sutton really is the only guy there to play the free safety spot that we currently have On the roster and I think he can really thrive there. I like his ball skills Like I said, he’s got really good range today We’ll make plays downfield as you seen from the ten and a half tackles for loss That’s for a career though So he may have played in the box for some of those but he still makes plays in the run, which is good But I could see him really playing at that free safety role Well in our team I expect him to make the roster just because he’s the only guy that really fits that mold The last guy were talking about for these safeties is Aaron Taylor. He’s originally from Ball State He was gonna wear number 37 for the Guardians. I don’t really have an age. I’m he looks a little bit older He probably 26 is my best. Guess he’s 511 and 208 pounds. So he’s a stockier guy He had 110 solo tackles in college 98 assisted tackles. He played in 48 games He had three and a half sacks 18 tackles for loss four passes defensed and one forced fumble and to fumble recoveries in the NFL He had minicamp invites to Green Bay and Tennessee So they gave him a quick look they didn’t end up signing him But he still got a look at the pros one of my biggest things with him. He played outside linebacker in Ball State He wasn’t really a safety played a little bit safety later in his career. He’s big when you watch him He just looks big. He plays big. He’s a big hitter to me that nasty demeanor I like that for my in the box safeties is where I think he fits isn’t in the Box safety I like that nasty demeanor from them. He moves downhill with a vengeance he tries to lay the wood on people I’d like to see him wrap up a little bit more on the run. But otherwise he has good run fits He understands how to play the run cuz he’s a linebacker It’s in his blood and I think he could be a good fit there at that strong safety spot or in a 4 to 5 As that down in the Box safety, so we’ll just have to wait and see where he ends up lining up for us He could end up moving back to outside linebacker, but he’s a little bit small for that. So I expect him to stay at safety That there’s not a lot of coverage stuff on him He was most of his highlights and most of his film is him playing the run so it’s important to watch how he does in coverage when we get a chance to see him and if he plays well he could End up being that strong saftey But I think he’s gonna be the guy that most struggles with the transition just due to the coverage aspect of it So right now we have six safeties on the roster that could increase as training camp starts up But I expect us to have probably six or seven on the roster. I expect us to keep four or five of them They’re all quality guys. They’re all able to play the role very well And I think we got a little bit of decent depth here. I don’t really have any lakhs of them Probably Wesley Sutton because of the role he plays but I think him and Ray Vaughn ask you Henry Thr gonna be the starters for us. That’s who I kind of expect to make the most impact in camp Just from what I saw on tape. They seem to be the most versatile at the safety positions I think Andrew soro Aaron Taylor to me just caulk and NJ handy, err you’ll be fighting for those final two three spots I think Demetrius I think Demetrius Cox is most likely to make an impact in camp just due to his versatility I think he’d be kind of a Swiss Army knife in our defense Moving around a lot playing free safety strong safety cornerback working in the slot So I don’t think Jim Herman is gonna use him that way I don’t know if he’s gonna use him that way but he’s that’s when way I could see it to me his cock fitting in and then I see Andrew sorrel making it as a special team guy same with Aaron Taylor I just don’t know much about AJ Hendy. So I can’t predict where he’d end up on this roster So we’ll just have to wait and see there’s gonna be a really big competition in camp to see who comes out of the safety position I think Wesley Sutton and EAH are for sure gonna make it out. Those are my two locks after that It’s kind of a crapshoot not in a bad way, but we don’t know who was gonna come out of that battle That’s what I expect from the safety position Super excited to watch it. It’s a position I hold close to my heart and I’m super excited that we’re gonna go a break real quick and then we’ll get into our corners Hey everybody, welcome back from break we’re gonna start covering our corner backs Now my favorite position to watch personally just due to the nature of it and I’ll explain that a little bit more in a second First I’m gonna get into what I look for in a corner The first thing I look for is man Press technique and how they are when they press a wide receiver Does a couple things that we need to make sure we look for when you watch man press technique The first thing is how they balance patience and aggressiveness. The cornerback position is a position of balance in my eyes You have to balance whether your patience in the press versus where you go after this guy. I’ve heard great talks from Deion Sanders about this where in a video he’s discussing how a receiver stance dictates where they’re easy to go for the guy’s throat as he puts it or if he’s gonna sit back and be patient wait for Him to make the first move and that’s one of the ways I think when you have to balance patients versus aggressiveness when you do press and then also just the technique of you knowing which hand to strike with and where to go with your Feet that’s super important when it comes to man Press the next thing I look for is their man technique when even if they’re on off conference how quick they are in and out Of brakes when they’re covering a certain guy and how they understand leverage Like I said for receivers It’s a big thing for quarterbacks to Understand leverage and that’s why man technique is so important And the reason I focus on man when I watch corners is because that’s how you determine who’s gonna be a really good corner vers In just a good corner. Most good corners can play zone very well and really good corners can play zone very well, too but when you look at the man coverage The best corners are great at man coverage while the good corners are not always great at man coverage So that’s the first thing kind of you have to look for when you try to evaluate a cornerback the next thing I look for is their hips how smooth their hips are in and out of brakes how quick they can flip their hips and coverage and Their ball skills and I’m talking about good hands That means they make it make plays on the ball with two hands and make catches but also how good they are with their technique get punching balls out of Receivers hands and forcing any completions when the ball is already in the receivers hand because you’re not always gonna be there before the balls In the receivers hands, sometimes you got to get there and you got to fight for the ball and force it out And that’s a big part of ball skills that I think is a little bit underrated when we here Oh ball skills Can this guy catch a pass and do the know when it comes to cornerback up? Part of all skills is fighting through the ball and making a play on the ball No matter in what form now we’re gonna go ahead and get into our player breakdowns. We’re gonna start with Terrence Alexander He’s from LSU and he spent four years at Stanford as well. He’s gonna wear number 31 for the Guardians Don’t really have an edge on him. I’m guessing is gonna be a little bit older since he’s a graduate transfer He’s gonna be probably about 26, maybe 27 at the oldest. He’s 510 190 pounds So he’s a little bit on the shorter side, but he’s a little stocky. It’s college dad, sir He’s played in 35 games He had 59 solo tackles 21 assisted tackles one interception of one-and-a-half tackles for loss 10 passes defense and one forced fumble He spent a pretty season in Minnesota as well. This guy’s got a really interesting story coming out of Stanford He was offered a six-figure job or right out of Stanford But instead of taking that job he decided to take a chance on himself and transferred to LSU For a one-year deal to fight for a spot Not really a one-year deal but to fight for a spot to start on that roster I don’t think you really started didn’t work out totally for him But you can tell this guy loves football and he loves to play the game He’s willing to take a chance with himself to make it happen. Some of the things I found out about him He’s really physical which I like especially at the line of scrimmage. He’s a pretty good man corner a good tackler So he’s good downhill He’s got a little question about his man technique in his hips his hips look a little stiff when I watch him and his ball Skills aren’t great. He struggles sometimes to make a play on the ball when it’s already in the receivers hands He could be a really good special teams for us. He’s a pretty good athlete He like I said, he’s physical and a really good tackler And that’s kind of what you look for in a special teams guy and I think he can cover pretty well, too Especially in the slot and the outside he’s played both so he’s really versatile in that way I can see him kind of making the roster as one of those fifth or six guys I don’t see him being a starting guy right away He’s a lot of experience though, which is really good and kind of makes them look more enticing as a roster option in my eyes Next guy were talking about his Bryce Jones. He’s gonna wear number 29 for the Guardians. He’s from Akron. He’s 25 years old He’s 511 and weighs 120 82 pounds about 28 182 pounds in college. He played in 39 games He had 101 solo tackles 46 assisted tackles nine and a half tackles for loss three interceptions 12 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries And he spent a preseason with Houston in the NFL so he cup of tea there like most of these guys He’s more of a slot guy. He played a lot in the slot He I could see him transitioning to a kind of a safety rule as well He’s got really good technique when I watch him But one of his flaws and his technique is he has his eyes in the backfield a lot So when he’s in man coverage and you’re on a guy unless you’re a step in front of them and you have your hand on His hip what I mean during phase. You don’t want your eyes back at the quarterback You should always have your eyes on your man just in case he breaks one way or another cuz if you don’t you could lose Him that’s kind of wrong. He Peaks a lot into the backfield which can hurt him in man coverage So that’s why I think he’s more of a zone guy Which I think he could thrive at safety maybe and he’s also a pretty good guy on run D So those are kind of things I look for when I watch a safety and this guy strikes me as a possible safety type So I like him I think he has a chance to make the roster if he transitions positions that safety type he could be a free safety kind of Guy, it’s really rough for him at corners because of that one flaw in his technique He struggles a little bit impressed, but I think that’s where he could thrive does Have you transition to safety next guy were talk about strain Mathis? He’s really have a number yet Cuz he’s a new sign II went to Toledo. He’s 24 25. He’s six feet tall 180 pounds. He’s got pretty good size He played outside corner at Toledo in college He played in 51 games had 90s Odle tap solo tackles 30 assisted tackles three and half tackles for loss six interceptions 29 passes defensed one forced fumble and one follow recovery in the NFL He had a practice squad spot with Minnesota and coverage. He’s got really good technique He’s really good in press he’s really patient. He rotated a senior year which worries me a little bit He wasn’t a full-time starter that could be due to injury. I’m not sure. I don’t know the whole story there I have a little bit of question about his experience but in 51 games, I don’t know how many he started though And I don’t know about his hips his hips look a little tight And he doesn’t have the best top-end speed but he does have ball skills. You intelligence from his 29 passes defensed and six interceptions He’s able to make a play on the ball a lot, which is really good and something I really like to watch He’s also a decent athlete. He doesn’t have the top-end speed you need though. I’ve watched some film with him Just getting toasted when he’s trying to chase after a guy on the run. He doesn’t really catch up to them He sometimes loses ground so that’s a little worrying but I think his height and his ball skills and his press technique make him a very viable candidate to be a Rotating guy or even a starter at that outside corner position There’s a lot of competition here in this cornerback position to find out who’s gonna start Next guy is gonna be Diwan Neal. We talked about him with Gavin Hayes a little bit He’s a guy he really likes. I’m a little more lukewarm on him and I’ll explain why here in a second He’s from Sheppard College is a smaller school. He’s gonna wear number 26 for the Guardians. He’s got really good ball skills He’s a big hitter. The thing I’m worried about is his speed and coverage skill That’s why I like what Gavin Hayes said about him. I could see him making a move to safety as well He’s six feet tall 190 pounds in college. He played in 43 games at 95 tackles 17 passes defense and three interceptions My biggest worries is his coverage skills in his speed He didn’t look like the fastest guy on tape and his coverage skills were a little bit worrying He looks like he has tight hips and he doesn’t look like he’s always in the right position to make a play I think his decent to good athleticism had helped him out a lot in college He loves to run up in the run and make plays in the run so I could see him ended it up Transition to safety a little bit just due to his lack of top-end speed a little bit and coverage and hip fluidity Ended up being a big hitter there being kind of rangy understanding concepts That’s one thing I could see with him is transitioning to that role that Gavin Hayes talked about and that warmed me up at two Of them a little bit more but still just those worries with coverage and speed make me a little more less hyped about him than Gavin Hayes was This guy weren’t talking about his David Rivers as a guy. I’m really excited about from Youngstown State. He was number 24 for us He’s 25 years old six feet tall and 190 pounds. I couldn’t really find any college that’s on him Youngstown State Website is trash not trying to be mean to their website developer But you cannot find any stats on there whatsoever. Spent a lot of time the NFL though He spent a free season in Green Bay preseason with the New York Jets Practice squad at Tampa Bay practice squad with Miami. He was hired by Tampa Bay and then he had spent a preseason in Miami What I liked about him. The most is he showed flashes as a lock down corner. He makes a lot of plays on balls He’s got pretty good ball skills He’s a really good athlete. He’s not the fastest guy. You kind of saw that when he played Eastern, Washington He got beat deep by guys like Kendrick Bourne and Cooper Cup We’re both NFL level receivers, but I saw some really good flashes against him. He’s really patient with his press He’s got good size – so I could see him lining up at that outside corner back spot The guy I really liked at that outside corner spot just do the flashes You got a really high ceiling, which I enjoy thanks guy with talk about the deer rouse. He’s from West Chester another small school He’s where’s number 25 for the Guardians? He’s 24 years old He’s 511 in 187 pounds a little bit smaller than David rivers, but when you look at his college stats You see 34 games played 43 solo tackles 16 assisted tackles 7 to 1/2 tackles for loss 2 sacks 6 interceptions 16 passes defense three forced fumbles 2 blocked kicks and 3 touchdowns I believe two of those were from one from a blocked kick and one from a fumble recovery up not harm sure on that he spent time in the NFL with Green Bay during their preseason and Some of the things I like about him. He’s got plus speed. He’s a really good athlete overall. He’s got really good size He’s got really good ball skills from I saw he made a couple of plays on the ball while he had a giant Club on His hand, which is really promising cuz that means he can usually make a play when there isn’t a club on his hand I like what I saw for him from an outside corners perspective his athletic He’s patient in his press from what I saw he could work on his technique a little bit He’s not always right with his hands and his feet but he’s got the right mindset for it and then his man techniques pretty good A little worried about his hips I think with a little more coaching a little bit of flexibility training he could be really good there and I think there’s some where he needs to grow a little bit as his hips and his ability to read coverages but I think he has the talent to be a good corner and I’ve heard a lot of good things coming from the Guardians about him and I expect him to show up on camp just do this athleticism the size and like I said, There’s a really competitive position. There’s a lot of guys I like for this out cuts outside corner spot so it’s gonna be a battle The next guy I’m gonna talk about is Jamar summers. He went to UConn. He’s gonna wear number 21 for the Guardians He’s 24 years old 6 1 190 pounds. He’s got good size to him Hey College Played in 47 games had 131 solo tackles 51 insisted tackles five-and-a-half tackles for loss one sack 12 interceptions Two touchdowns 21 passes defensed one forced fumble and one fumble recovery he spent time in the NFL with Pittsburgh during their preseason and then moved to the AAF and played for Birmingham where he played very well then after the AF he went to Miami for appraises and Detroit for a preseason So he’s had a cup of tea of special football. Like I said, he’s a good size He’s a pretty good athlete which I like he’s not the fastest guy He’s not the guy with the most hops, but he can move really well. It’s got good hips He’s really patient in his man technique. He’s got the right mindset for that boat He needs to be conferring aggressive and his techniques really good as well He’s probably the best all-around corner on this roster right now. Probably the most polished He’s intelligence from experience playing a lot of pro football I Think he’s probably the most polished guy on this team and he just hasn’t knows for the football during his time in the AF I believe he led the league and turnout for his forced for four or five weeks Just his ability to make plays of special teams and on defense, so he’s got a lot of skills. He brings to this team He’s a guy I expect to make the roster. He’ll probably be our number one corner going into the season Just due to his resume and he’s just the most polished guy All-around and here’s a guy. I really like and I expect to make a lot of plays The next guy were to talk about is my personal favorite on the roster Even though he may not be the most polished. He I interview him after this shift is ratha new Tejada He’s gonna wear number 39 for the Guardians. He played at TCU was a starter there for a couple of years He’s 24 years old. He’s five-ten and 181 pounds He’s a little bit shorter and he was a little bit skinnier coming out of college you weight around 160 but he bolt up coming into the league when he spent time with Washington and he even had an interception there during the preseason what I love about him is his man technique is Beautiful when you watch him, his hips are good comes out of bursts really quick He’s able to stick on receivers He can struggle with size a little bit. Just due to this height But he still has pretty good ball skills and his managed to fight through the ball and make plays on the ball Most of the time and then his press technique is also beautiful. This guy. Just want to watch his film I’m salivating just at the technique of it all he’s a really technical guy and that’s why I love watching him He’s really patient when needs to be but he’s aggressive at other times. He knows when to strike and when to hold back it’s fantastic to watch and Wall off the press he can get bullied a little bit by bigger receivers who just kind of press up against him and shove him A little bit. He’s still able to stick on them. He’s got really good speed He ran a 4/4 on it during his pro day, and there’s not really else I can say about him He’s probably our best pure man cover corner. I think he can Rug a little bit against the run that’s one place where he can grow But I think he’d be great as an outside corner even due to his size He’s somebody I’m super excited to watch going into the season and my personal favorite corner on the team I just can’t wait to see him playing games. I love watching his man technique like I said I love watching his press technique and I can’t wait for you guys to see all of these once we get into the season So now after I’m done talking about all these guys we’re gonna get into who I think is gonna make the roster We have 8 total corners on the team right now We might add a 1 or 2 going into camp because we just need some camp bodies But I expect us to take five or six of them if there’s a good special teams guy We may take six or seven it really matters what happens at other positions some starters? I expect to see Jamar summers at one corner is gonna be dear rouser David rivers at another and Then ran Thane Tejada at the slot corner to start but he’ll eventually move outside, hopefully But I think those three guys are kind of our closest two locks. Jamar summers is for sure gonna make this roster He’s our best all-around cover corner, and I expect him to make the roster I think Nadir rouse and ranting Tejada are guys that are most likely gonna make it ran theny how does only struggles gonna be against the running? His size the next two or three guys I expect to be on the roster are probably gonna be David Rivers – Juan Neal and Trey Mathis I think tarragon’s and Roy could fight 2-1 Neal first spot on this team I think Bryce Jones could as well, I think if he moves the safeties have a lot higher chance of making this team But there’s a lot of competition at the position is definitely a position of strength and it’s gonna be my favorite to watch coming out of camp I love watching corners due to the nature of position of it all being instinct it all being all about feel and Understanding how to balance your patience and your aggressiveness and it’s probably the most difficult position athletically and instinctually out of any of the positions because you’re expected to do exactly what the receivers doing but backwards and That’s why it’s one of the harder positions and you’re reacting to everything as well. I’m super excited to see what happens here I think we got a lot of good depth here. We got a lot of good talent Next up though. We got our interview with R Anthony Honda and the last shift of this episode really. Hope you enjoy it I enjoyed it when I was talking to him. He’s a great interview. He’s a great guy He spreads a lot of good information about the XFL and about his journey to the XFL You Hey everybody today we got with us ran theny Tejada he’s a cornerback He was from TCU spent some time with the Redskins and the and some time in the CFL with Ottawa redblacks 40 year starter at TCU first-team all-big 12 in 2017 2013 second team freshman all-american 2017 Auburn mention all-american It’s got 42 career starts had three interceptions and 33 past defenses at this time with TCU happy I’m happy to have them on how you doing today. I’m doing good. And I appreciate you having me on today Absolutely. It’s my pleasure. So I just want to start off on tell me about your journey to the XFL I know it’s been it’s probably been kind of hectic at times but it’s how’s it been? Well, I mean, yeah, it’s definitely been a little journey for me since I got at school You know a little bit over year and a half ago You know just had my little journey with the you know, the Redskins and you know That was like a really great experience I was you know been a childhood dream of mine to be able to compete in the NFL and you know you know that experience I learned a lot and I took away took away a lot from it and Then you know right after that I signed with the CFL and I played up there for a little bit all the way up until this past July and then this Opportunity with the XFL came about and I just knew it’d be the perfect opportunity for me to you know continue to get some good film and continue to play the game that I love and hopefully get a shot back at Getting back into the NFL Absolutely, man. That’s where the money is at. So I totally get that What was it like going through that draft process? I know there was combines and everything’s like that Did you have to go through those right? So for me man? I I didn’t get invited to any of the combine stuff I didn’t even go to any senior ball games or anything like that sock. I Even though I felt like I had a pretty good college career I kind of flew under the radar and then um I had a pretty good pro day ran and ran a good forty time You know tested pretty pretty decent and you know I had a few few NFL teams calling me on draft day as far as like, you know signing I was undrafted free agent and then you know, I ended up feeling like the Redskins was the best opportunity for me and You know, I went out there and I competed my butt off and you know I felt like I did pretty well like, you know, I had an interception. I had a few pass breakups Once the preseason games came around and you know as far as a numbers thing You know just didn’t work out there and you know, it was definitely a blessing though. I definitely say that for sure. Oh Yeah any chance you get can be a blessing I totally get that So yeah, I know I saw your pro day stuff, too You’re a really fast guy you ran something like a four three five, four four on your 40? I think it was Yeah, it’s round four four. Oh, yeah around there. Yeah. No, so you got some speed to you That’s something like when I watched your film that I really liked because I did a little studying up Yeah, I noticed you’re really good at you’re like that man covered in something. You’re really good with your technique So is that something you pride yourself on and if there’s anything else? What else do you pride yourself on in your game? Yeah it’s definitely that you know at ECU we played a lot of we were we played a lot of man coverage and a lot of Just you know one-on-one a lot of times. We didn’t have a lot of help. So just over the course of the years They’re just pretty much it was like an everyday thing just working on my technique in man coverage. Um And yeah, I just I try to you know, I’m not the biggest the biggest guy But I try to make sure I’m able to you know, move my feet We’ll have good footwork and be able to stay in front of receivers and you know Try to make plays when the ball is in the air, too and so that’s kind of like what I pride myself on and just being you know a a guy that just flies to the ball and You know, that’s that’s just kind of what I try to do every single day even at practice and stuff like that Absolutely. Is there anything you’ve been working on since you left TCU that you kind of feel like you’ve grown a lot in that area? well, yeah, I mean I definitely Feel like I’m a lot stronger. I’m a little bit bigger than I was in college, you know I definitely put on a little bit more weight and You know that I feel like that’s kind of helped me a lot as far as you know being a little bit more physical out there on the field and stuff like that and uh It’s definitely one something that you know, people weren’t too sure about coming out of college like my size and stuff like that But then once you know, I got to my pro day and did all that and then you know playing in league You know people are able to see that. Yeah, I’ve gotten a little bit bigger and a little bit more physical So that’s what hopefully I can you know, bring to the guardian’s to hopefully, um, so When it comes to the XFL draft process I know you were drafted and I think the 10th round of the defensive back area How was that process like did you go to like any XFL combines? And how was the team contact you and stuff? Well, no, I didn’t go to any of the showcases or anything. But at the time that stuff was going on I was in the CFL Oh and I I knew a few coaches like that throughout the league because a few of them were on the TCU staff when I was in college you Know they had they had, you know, let me know about the opportunity about the XFL and then when I got released about like the middle part of July I Had a few more coaches. Hit me up So I had an idea that I was probably that was probably gonna be my next landing spot and you know It’s definitely a great opportunity because you know, I could be back in the States and you know background where people can you know? See me play Absolutely, so when it came I know you guys had mini camp recently I believe that was like a week and a half two weeks ago, right? how did that compare to the NFL and CFL when it comes to mini camps did have the same feel like Professionalism or anything like that or is there anything that was kind of lacking there? Right, right no, it was very professional and I feel like it was ran it was ran through kind of just like a OTAs is an NFL like it was real I felt like it was real professional things were very organized and the practice schedule was organized and everything that we did just it kind of felt like it kind of felt very NFL like you know what? I mean? It’s you know, we have NFL coaching and everything like that So I I don’t really see too much of a difference as far as like the organization and stuff like that Of how the practices were ran That’s great so when it comes to the coaching staff, what were they like what was Jim Herman and your defensive coach Chris Dishman I believe that’s how I says them how what were they like where they kind of more serious? Was it more of a laid-back kind of feeling at OTAs? I? Mean, they’re definitely serious You know Everyone is, you know kind of looking at this league is like another chance to show what you have You mean even even the coaches, you know, so everyone’s taking it very serious, you know the coaches, you know They’re teaching us to playbook making sure everyone’s ready for training camp so that everything would be smooth and we’re not really Stressing about the PlayBook we can just go out there and play fast Curt coach Herman He’s a he’s a good he’s a very good coach, you know, hi intense Once everybody flying to the ball and you know coach Dishman Another another great coach. He brought in a great group with bb’s I feel like it is very calm very very competitive room and I feel like during this training camp A lot of people can be able to show what they can do and separate themselves and I feel like it’s gonna be a great season this year That’s awesome. That’s awesome. So when it comes to that defense, what do you think? It’s gonna look like maybe scheme wise or talent wise cuz I’ve been trying to find stuff on Jim Herman I really only found his stuff from his Michigan days, but Recently, what do you think? It’s gonna look like scheme wise anything like Gary Patterson or anything like that? um, it’s it’s not I mean, it’s Everybody has you know You’re your sub packages and you know base stuff When I was at TCU, we pretty much ran sub the entire game because we were in that 4 to 5 but Man, it’s a lot of it’s a lot of talent in the in the defensive room I feel like a lot of guys with good experience For the most part everyone from everybody that I’ve talked to has pretty much a You know decent amount of NFL experience and know what is but what they know what it’s like to be on that level so I feel like a lot of guys are gonna be going out here and during training camp and just trying to show what they Can do and show that they can still play Absolutely, so What are you most excited about for this XFL season? I’m just kind of I’m excited to have more spring football and different things like that because I love watching football but what are you excited other than like the opportunity brings there any new rules you’re excited for or just the Excitement about being on the field again man, really just being out there on the field again anytime, you know You can keep playing the game of football after college man. I just feel like it’s a blessing and This league is definitely gonna open a lot of doors for ever, you know, everyone that’s participating in this league players coaches Just you know just staff knows like it’s just really a great opportunity it’s coming up at the right the right time for a lot of people and I just I feel like so far everything seems like it’s professional and it’s running. It’s running pretty smooth You know, we got training camp coming up in a few days and you know, I’m definitely looking forward to it Absolutely, man, so I know the rule buck is else is there any Insight you have to any of the rule changes that are gonna make it a lot difference for like a cornerback So anything from like speed of play or just covering receivers or anything like that? Well, I know that they’ve been preaching about how the game’s gonna be a little bit faster paced I’m kind of used to that because you know how the big 12 was and teams chosen in their plays Faster and stuff like that. So but I mean as far as like The defensive rules that it seems pretty similar to the NFL I know that the receivers they only have to have one Foot in I believe that’s about maybe the only difference and then I know special teams is a little bit A little bit different to that. I think special teams is really the main difference with the league. Yeah Mm-hmm So are you gonna date I’m on like special teams. We return in kicks or anything I know you did a little bit of that and at the beginning of your time at TCU and then a Bunch of that in high school. So is there any chance you’ll be doing that with the Guardians? Hey everybody Sorry for the technical difficulties me and ran theny disconnected for a little bit and reconnected a couple minutes after We continued to a conversation. Thank you for your patience Sorry about that, there was some technical Difficulties here, but I’m back with ranth Anita Tejada again. I do not remember what we were talking about. I think Do you remember at all ain’t we were talking about? Special we were talking about new rules of the game or something. Oh Yeah, and I asked you if like you were planning on doing any specialty that the guardians are not yeah. Yeah. Yeah I was just I was just saying I’m not sure as far as like the returns and stuff because they were shuffling a lot of guys in and out with that But I’m definitely on a few special teams and you know, that’s that’s important to as it is. Not every every professional team. Oh Yeah So, I know you had some fun probably with mini camp and everything so I’m just gonna ask you like a couple questions about the teammates and stuff like that and just go a couple different things like That real quick When it comes to receivers who was the biggest trash talker almost the receivers The biggest trash talker man. Ah, I mean guys were really talking too much trash, but I would probably say Probably Damon Giuseppe. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. He talks a little bit But fun to watch Yeah but for the most part guys was just trying to make sure they Run in the right routes and running the right plays and stuff like that and getting lined up So make sense many camps a lot of just learning the playbook right, I guess right, right. Yeah So, um who’s the funniest guy amongst the defensive backs man, I would have to say an idear He is nothing he is hilarious. Yeah, Billy guy. He’s definitely he’s definitely one of the funniest guys that I’ve met so far He’s gonna be fun to watch too he’s a little bit bigger guy, yeah, they’re at corner. Yeah, he’s a funny guy they’re Out of the sorry, excuse me. Mm-hmm Um, just random question was your favorite coverage to run as a defensive back I know you ran a lot of different things like Gary Patterson He’s kind of right a little bit renowned in the coaching world for what he does on the defensive side of the ball So what was your favorite coverage to run while you’re at TCU with the Redskins or even in the CFO? Um Man, that’s tough. I mean for the most part man. I’m my favorite coverage Of course is just man like I like just going one-on-one. It’s easy. You don’t have to take much Stuff is fine, but just being able to know that you got this man one-on-one and it’s on you to stop him You know what? I mean? That’s always just been something that I enjoy competing. Oh Yeah, I get that when I was back when I was playing a little college ball at the d3 level So it’s nothing like what you guys could hurt ECU but mine I played a little safety and I my favor was cover two because I was over the top kind of everything right right. So exactly But a corner is totally different every time I asked a corner they’re always like yeah, I love man You know you get to compete man. That’s that’s what it’s about. Oh yeah, so when it comes to I guess the rest of your defense, who do you think is Who’s the biggest guy on the defense like just size wise maybe personality wise man on the defense? I mean, of course on a deal on like We got some pretty big news on the d-line off the light I wouldn’t say I feel like they’re all like around the same size So I wouldn’t just say one guy sniffed out, but man, I feel like size-wise like we got a pretty big team. I feel like All around all around to be honest every position. We got pretty, you know, pretty good size The whole things size thing will be somewhere people saying we’re not a big team or anything like that. Yeah So are you too much of a trash talk to yourself? Or do you more let your talk or play talk a little bit like yeah. I kind of let my play do the talking I’m not much of a rah-rah guy. I kind of just like try. Just getting my job doing stuff like that make plays Yeah, I get that so hmm When it comes to the XFL of the season who got who do you think you guys are most excited to play? um I know for me personally, it’ll be fun to come back to Dallas and play the Dallas team I know I know that’ll be something that I’ll be looking forward to because you know I’ll be able to have family and stuff come to the game. Yeah games and stuff like that. So That’s probably the game that I’d be looking forward to Yeah that make sense I used to live in Texas myself a little bit back in Back when I was younger like middle school days was my pants real tight living in Killeen, Texas, right? No. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. Yeah No someone from out there loved it down there. Is that where you’re at right now? I know you went to high school in Texas and everything. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I’m in the Fort Worth area right now, Fort Worth Yeah. Mmm-hmm So when it comes to uniforms, who do you what team do you think is the best uniforms man? I think we got the best uniforms Yeah, I’m really filling our uniforms the black the the gray the red like it looks it looks pretty sweet. I Like the gray ones myself the gray away once. Yeah, it was a favorite. You can’t go wrong with those uniforms No, I like them a lot. Even our practice even like our practice uniforms are pretty dope. Yeah So when it comes like of the other teams though other than the Guardians who has your favorite uniform um, I really like the DC. I like the red. I like to read and why I Think Dallas has some pretty pretty cool colors the the baby blue or whatever it is. It’s I think that’s pretty dope, too So probably them too. I like the Uniforms, I like those ones too A lot of the defenders won right when I saw it the first time I kind of just popped off the screen. All right. Yeah Yeah, it stands out, you know So when it comes to this offense that we’re gonna have that’s run by Kevin Gilbride What’s your kind of first impressions of like guys like Matt McLuhan and D’Angelo young Yancey and guys like them. Yeah I mean, I feel like they’re gonna do pretty well, you know We’ll definitely get to see what it’s really about during training camp when they get to go You know other teams and stuff like that, but you know, it definitely looks like you know, like a pro-style offense and you know They’re gonna try to just move the ball down the field pretty well and you know We’ll get to see more ones training camp comes, you know, any camp everyone’s kind of shuffling around And yes, you have all your parts some days You don’t have all your parts, you know, definitely training camp will let guys, you know show what they’re really about Absolutely training camps in Houston this year, isn’t it? Yeah st. Houston, you know, yes, but you’re pretty happy about that It’s kind of staying closer to home. Yeah. Yeah, it’s nice. I mean it’s kind of fun, but it’s not too far Yeah, I’ll still be in Texas can’t can’t beat that. Yeah. I know. It’s a little better than New York All right, man, well that’s all I got for you today, uh, I Appreciate you coming on I appreciate talking to you. Is there any way people can follow you on social media? I’m staying in touch with you at all. Oh, yeah, for sure. So Twitter my Twitter at name is at our Tejada my last name so our te ex a da and then my Instagram is at Sur ISS a underscore rant are a NT bro PR oh that’s my Instagram And so people just follow me on there. That’s where I can get in touch with me. Absolutely man I know I’m excited to see you play. I know a bunch of Guardians fans are just excited to see the Guardians play as well Super excited for you and the opportunity you get loved watching your film loved watching me play So I just can’t wait to see what happens. Appreciate you coming on. No problem. Thank you. Thank you. All right Well guys we made it to the end after a long and arduous process of losing everything I recorded and re-recording it. I want to thank Gavin Hayes and Randy Tejada for coming on and talking to me It was a pleasure talking to them. Make sure you check out XFL aboard comm and read their articles. Follow Gavin Hayes on twitter follow Anthony Hado on Twitter and Instagram Make sure the Guardians know that he’s welcome on the team and welcomed by this fan base and last make sure you follow Tgp podcast on Twitter. It’s gonna be at PGP underscore podcast Email me at the guard post podcast at gmail.com if you have any questions or any suggestions Thank you guys for listening stay on duty Guardians fans

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