So the Hartford Colonial got on the field at training camp yesterday, and we got our first look at this revamped team. Remember they played in 2009 as the New York Sentinels, and they failed to win a single game.
For a new league that is not entirely surprising, but while the California Redwoods (now the Sacramento Mountain Lions) got better as the UFL season progressed, we can argue that this team took several major steps backwards.
The stats seem to support this, as this team did not have a 100 yard rusher in a single game, did not have a QB throw for 300 yards in a game, and did not have a receiver gain 100 yards in a single game. They also only managed to score 56 points for the entire year.
So we can understand why some Colonials fans are getting excited by what took place on the practice field yesterday. QB Josh McCown hit two down the field passes (one to WR Chris Williams and one to TE Tyson DeVree). One was down the middle of the field, and one was thrown along the sideline. This seems to indicate that the Colonials may be more willing to stretch the field in 2010.
Chris Palmer told the UFL’s official website, “I liked all three quarterbacks. I thought all three quarterbacks did a nice job. I was very pleased with the linebackers. The linebackers were running well. I was impressed with our athleticism in the offensive and defensive line. We didn’t have a lot of guys on the ground, which is a good sign.”
We should note that the defensive unit was the only unit in 2009 that improved over the course of the season.
McCown (also speaking to the UFL’s official league site) added, “The level of talent is a lot better than people think. Hopefully it continues to grow, and I’m looking forward to it. A lot of the guys that played here last year that I have played with in the past in the NFL told me [playing in the UFL] was the most fun year they had playing ball. Don’t walk into this thing thinking it’s a cake walk, its good football. I saw that this morning. I’m excited.”
It seems that Colonials fans have some good reason to be excited. The better news in all of this is three local TV stations were on hand to film the practice and file news stories. The Colonials were also able to draw in reporters from three local newspapers. All of that is very positive news.
The Colonials also put Center Tim Dury on the reserve-retired list.
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