Fleming works on cohesion with wide outs
Losing an electric quarterback in Drew Powell to the Iowa Barnstormers hurt the Nebraska Danger.
Or did it?
The Danger signed Damien Fleming, who was the IFL's second leading passer with 196.1 yards per game for the Colorado Crush in 2016, a day before Powell signed with Iowa.
When Fleming looks to his outside options, there's going to be a necessary grace period, because everyone but Eric Thomas is new to the Danger from last season's roster.
"I've seen what type of athlete he is, so I'm definitely glad to have a guy like him," Fleming says.
"With the other receivers, I've seen some pretty fast guys out there, some guys with good hands – not too much body catching or anything like that," Fleming said. "We'll have some new guys so we just have to catch them up. It's their first time playing indoor, but I see a lot of potential out there."
Thomas may serve as a crutch in the early going until Fleming is able to build cohesion with all the other wide outs.
"It starts with the little things first," said Thomas. "We have to be in the right spots at the right time because he's going to deliver us the ball. We just have to catch it to make plays. So it's going to start rocky at first until we get it down but I feel like we're going to be great together."
Fleming comes to the Danger after spending the 2017 season with the Jacksonville Sharks and follows head coach Mark Stoute to Grand Island.
The Danger get their first idea of how good Fleming and his receivers are at connecting Friday at 7 p.m. when the Danger host Cedar Rapids for the 2018 season opener at the Heartland Events Center.