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  • [pad thudding]

  • Brandon: Good. Good, let's work.

  • Right there. Yes, sir, that's it.

  • Rischad: The NFL is a precision league.

  • Brandon: Knock it down, knock it down, knock it down.

  • Right there, good.

  • Rischad: From high school to college,

  • a lot of guys can get away with just being athletic,

  • just being fast, maybe just being long

  • or stronger than everybody else.

  • Smooth, now. Good, now. Good, now. Get out.

  • One, two. Good. Right there.

  • But the higher level you get,

  • the thinner the margin for error is.

  • [grunting] [pads thudding]

  • Brandon: Good work.

  • Rischad: You know, that's when precise movements

  • gotta be in place.

  • Now, engage. Good. Release.

  • Good, now. Ball. Good.

  • Hey, my name is Rischad Whitfield,

  • also known as The Footwork King.

  • I train athletes at every position

  • from high school to college and NFL.

  • I specialize in movement efficiency and technique.

  • One of my good friends, Brandon Jordan, he's a D-line coach.

  • Brandon: The whole world is your competition.

  • You got to outwork everybody.

  • Most of the guys, they are blessed with athleticism.

  • But you got to outwork the guy in front of you.

  • Rischad: Well, right now we're in Houston, Texas.

  • Good, hot Houston, Texas. [laughs]

  • A lot of athletes train out here because of the heat.

  • It might be 100-degree heat, 80% humidity.

  • Feel like you're training in hell with a sauna.

  • You know what I mean?

  • Now, now, now. Good. Right there.

  • Brock: I'm Brock Wright, from Cypress, Texas.

  • I played tight end at Notre Dame,

  • and I'm preparing for the draft now.

  • Brandon: Ready. Shoot!

  • Good right there.

  • Jayson: Jayson Oweh. I played at Penn State,

  • and I'm entering the NFL draft.

  • [punching bag thuds] Brandon: Good. There you go.

  • Day one is more like the evaluation day,

  • so I can see how they move, see what they need to work.

  • I look at their body type,

  • see what type of move that goes with their strength.

  • Rischad: So, he gonna hesi, and then he gonna power.

  • Whoop, there you go. Whoop, get out.

  • There you go.

  • A lot of them might be fast,

  • a lot of them might be athletic,

  • a lot of them might be strong.

  • I get them out here. Some of them are uncontrolled.

  • They got undisciplined footwork. They're heavy-footed.

  • They might play too low or play too high.

  • I can fix all that stuff, and I bring all that in,

  • and I clean all this stuff up.

  • So by the time we get ready to go to training camp,

  • it's go time.

  • Whoop. Whoop, whoop, whoop.

  • Right here. You know what I'm saying?

  • Some of the NFL guys that I worked with in the past

  • and actually currently still do:

  • Odell Beckham,

  • Darius Slay,

  • Eric Ebron,

  • Mecole Hardman,

  • Xavien Howard.

  • A lot of the boys see me two or three times out of the week.

  • So there's a breakdown, you know.

  • For instance, if I got the receivers Monday,

  • it might be releases.

  • Wednesday might be breakpoint mechanics.

  • Friday, it's catching drills.

  • But if I didn't like what I saw on Monday,

  • we're gonna do it again on Wednesday

  • so I can clean it up.

  • Hey, B, make sure you get your feet inside your body frame.

  • All right? What happened is, they go here,

  • and then tap, tap, tap.

  • And then you start doing all this, you ain't going nowhere.

  • So take it where? Octagon. Whoo, whoop.

  • Then what? Cone. Oop. Right there.

  • I've been working for Brock since he was in middle school.

  • Brock is probably one of the best

  • in-line blocking tight ends in college football.

  • We're working on primary releases, secondary releases,

  • and getting out of his break.

  • If he's here, Brock, you gotta go here.

  • I gotta go where?

  • All right? Good. Then stick it.

  • All right? You know what I'm saying?

  • That's the only way that's going to work.

  • Brock: Rischad's really good at helping me

  • with my fluidity and route running,

  • recognizing coverages, and all sorts of things like that.

  • So getting out here, getting to work on that,

  • and just overall improving my game as a tight end.

  • Rischad: Good, good, good. Tap, tap. Good.

  • Now. Good. Right there. Good.

  • You know, I think football comes from the ground up.

  • Like I always say, the mechanics behind the movement.

  • Everything you do in NFL, it's gotta be precise.

  • So I'll start right here first.

  • Start with feet, and then you start going football IQ.

  • Good.

  • Right there. Ball. Good.

  • You see a lot of release stuff,

  • where I got him dipping his shoulders.

  • I got him releasing off the pad,

  • and then you always see him push to a linebacker.

  • Brock: Then the eyes go in.

  • Rischad: Eyes go in. Uh-huh.

  • Boom. There you go.

  • You got to move them with you, yep.

  • You gotta start moving with your eyes.

  • You see a lot of guys kind of moving with their eyes.

  • A lot of demeanor, a lot of head fakes.

  • That stuff plays a huge role in NFL football

  • because the NFL defensive backs are so talented,

  • so smart, their football IQ.

  • It's not easy for receivers to get off their

  • to get them guys off their spot. You know?

  • So now you've got to kind of move them with their eyes.

  • I'm that safety. I'm here, B.

  • If your eyes are straight, Brock, he probably gonna think

  • there it is, right there. You know what I'm saying?

  • All right? It's chess, dog.

  • Brock: It's nice because, I mean,

  • when you're doing practice or weightlifting at Notre Dame,

  • it's a lot more generalized stuff.

  • So when I come out here, we get to focus on specific things.

  • Just working that craft and working on

  • all the little things you need to get better at.

  • Rischad: Now, now, now. Good. Right there.

  • Right there, Brock. There you go. Good eyes, baby.

  • Brock: Today was great.

  • Worked on a bunch of route-running stuff.

  • Now that pro day's over,

  • it's all about getting back into football shape.

  • You know, I do weight training every day

  • and then come out here and do this sort of thing

  • and then a little bit of conditioning on top of that.

  • But, you know, ready to get back

  • into the football swing of things.

  • Rischad: You know, you got some that are gifted.

  • Because when you get to the NFL,

  • you gotta start taking everything you do.

  • Everybody's good. Everybody's gifted.

  • But the detail things,

  • the small detail things will separate everybody else.

  • Brandon: Yes, sir, J. Come on, get that!

  • Good work. Good work, boy.

  • I've been working with NFL athletes four years.

  • I think the main thing is body control,

  • for a lot of guys. Learning how to use their body.

  • Because a lot of these guys are big and strong,

  • but they don't know how to stop and start.

  • They don't know how to anchor their hips down.

  • Knowing how to bring speed to power,

  • and then just movement, the hand activity.

  • But it's feet and hands. Feet, hands, and eyes.

  • Attack this shoulder here. Attack this shoulder, now.

  • Boom. Yeah. You know what I'm saying?

  • Jayson, he's a long guy. And he's fast.

  • So we will go speed and speed to power.

  • Ready.

  • Stab, stab. Boom. Feel it right there.

  • Jayson: Yeah, it's just more specific and more detailed.

  • Like, I know what I got to work on,

  • and, you know, it's more one-on-one.

  • I'm getting it done.

  • Brandon: Bah, bah, bah, bah. Chop. Yeah, right there.

  • Chop. Good, nice work. Chop. Good right there.

  • Jayson: I wish I could get more time.

  • You know, I feel like I'm getting better every session.

  • Hit up BT, man. He the best. Hit him up.

  • Rischad: The NFL, it's a quick game.

  • Speed is second to agility,

  • so you gotta be very detailed.

  • Precise movements, and very calculated.

  • It's like chess, honestly.

  • [slapping] [grunting]

  • Brandon: OK, you got me.

  • When you drop your hands, you gotta keep them up.

  • It was my first day with Demone.

  • First day, I go to fundamentals. I work footwork.

  • Start off with the octagon, working body control.

  • [grunting]

  • So I start with their feet,

  • go on and get their upper body together,

  • and then I put it all together.

  • Get 'em up. Get 'em up. Get 'em up.

  • Get 'em up. Get 'em up. Right there.

  • This is my third year with Roy.

  • We started off with footwork.

  • He a big guy. I'm working coordination with him.

  • We're getting his hips flexible. We're working hands.

  • Stab. Boom, boom. Good, right there.

  • But now we're more advanced. We're moving a lot.

  • Working his toe turn, working a lot of stab,

  • more specific, running his line, things like that.

  • Rischad: So we crab walk vertical.

  • Hey, Q, crab,

  • but when you get ready to drop, whoop, rise up.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • So I can, whoop, whoop, right there.

  • You know what I'm saying? Rise up.

  • Crab. Now! Rise up now!

  • One, two. Good, there it is.

  • I've been training Quartney since he was in ninth grade.

  • He's a wide receiver coming out of Texas A&M.

  • Kid's a special player. Great hands.

  • Possesses a lot of release quickness.

  • Real sly right runner.

  • Uses a lot of head fakes. Able to sell with his eyes.

  • More so quick than fast,

  • but has running-back ability with the ball in his hands.

  • Split. Now. Good.

  • Whoo, right there, ball. Good.

  • We're working on accelerating, decelerating with him.

  • He got short-area quickness,

  • but he got to be short-area-quickness controlled.

  • Stick out there to him. Push vertical to him.

  • Inside him now.

  • Good. There you go.

  • Inside, boy!

  • You know, we're working on releases.

  • Release is what we got to do

  • to get into the development of the route.

  • And a release is just a receiver escaping from a defender.

  • If you don't see them getting open in the NFL,

  • probably because they can't release.

  • You know, that's why I'm like,

  • a lot of the guys that are super-duper fast,

  • it's not going to be beneficial if you can't release.

  • Whoa, whoa, whoa. Square up. He ain't going nowhere.

  • Square up. He ain't going nowhere.

  • You got to square up with him.

  • Good. Now he here. Now move.

  • There you go. Good.

  • Quartney: Just from working out with him so long,

  • he kinda got a feel of the things that I need to work on.

  • Different days, we might do releases, routes,

  • straight footwork drills, running-back drills,

  • all that type of stuff.

  • Rischad: Good. Now. Good, Q. Eyes on. Eyes on. Now.

  • One, two. Good. Right there, ball. Good.

  • See, Quartney's just fine-tuning.

  • I have him doing a couple of steps at the line,

  • as if there's a defensive back there.

  • Worked on moving a defensive back with his eyes.

  • Worked on release quickness.

  • Step, step