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Anthony Armstrong Refuses To Focus On The Positive

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2010 – 4:42 pm

Every time I talk to Anthony Armstrong, the conversation goes roughly the same way. I point out that he’s having an excellent OTA/mini-camp/training camp, he responds that he’s just working to make the team and doing his best and that what he’s done is less important than what he’s gonna do tomorrow. I try to make him say, “Yeah, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished,” and he talks incessantly about what he HASN’T done.

Well, with training camp ending today, I decided that it was time to have that conversation again. This time, though, I attempted to preempt him by predicting what he was going to say. It didn’t work.

“This is exactly that part where I tell you that just keep working every day,” he said, after I had capped a long, rambling list of his accomplishments this offseason with that prediction. “That’s really been my mantra as of late. You gotta just take all the stuff and put it in the past, you know, build on it. Keenan [McCardell, wide receivers coach] always says, ‘Put something in the bank, every day put something in the bank, and then gameday you get to reap the rewards’.”

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Keiland Williams Looks Back At His First Training Camp

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2010 – 3:01 pm

Running back Keiland Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent out of LSU after the 2010 NFL Draft. He entered training camp behind three multiple Pro Bowlers and a young guy who had been drafted by Mike Shanahan back in Denver, all of which made him seem like a longshot to make any impact at all. But Williams has had an impressive training camp, and he came out of the first preseason game with two touchdowns, 51 yards rushing on 11 carries, 1 catch for 7 yards, and another long reception negated by a penalty. At worst, he had clearly staked a claim to be this year’s preseason fan-favorite underdog running back. With training camp officially folding tents today, I caught up with Williams to see what he took away from the whole experience.

“Being on teams that I’ve been around,” Williams said, “with college, I feel like I’ve been around some pretty good teams at LSU. But I feel like how we come out and work, and how we prepare when we step on the field … it’s like it’s supposed to be done. Everybody knows their job and, you know, we come out here and we take care of business.”

I’m not sure, but I doubt that’s what an undrafted rookie running back would’ve said coming into last year’s camp. But I was less interested in Williams’s take on camp as a whole than in what he took away from it as an individual. Read more »

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The Meeting That Began The Last Practice Of Training Camp

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2010 – 1:06 pm

This was the scene at the start of today’s practice, the last one of training camp, which featured shorts and shells instead of full pads. It’s not, despite what it may look like, the opening huddle. The team huddled up, broke to a shout of “Team!”, started to disperse … and head coach Mike Shanahan motioned everyone back into this grouping, where he spoke a for a couple of minutes before sending the guys back on their way.

“You know, coach Mike Shanahan is good at gettin’ your mind set,” Chris Wilson explained after the day’s work was done.
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