Mark Helfrich wanted his guys plugged in right off the bat, and threw a “clutch” drill at them to start practice. The defense held serve with both the ones and twos on the field, in both cases forcing the offense to settle for field-goal attempts of 50-plus yards. (Neither was converted). DeForest Buckner had a sack to help stall the No. 1 offense, and the No. 2 group couldn't score despite moving the ball with a couple Jeff Lockie completions to Charles Nelson and Darren Carrington...
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