NFL: a smooth transition for Bruno Labelle
After five years at the University of Cincinnati, Bruno Labelle is taming his new life very well with the Arizona Cardinals. The Montreal tight end, contracted as a free agent after the draft, has been working in his new environment at Tempe since the start of the month.
After the initial three days of the rookie mini-camp, he got to know a few veterans of the squad, including tight ends Maxx Williams and Darrell Daniels, but most will be showing up in the coming weeks.
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“We mainly learn the playbook with meetings and spending time in the field. We train physically in the gym. The schedule is really busy. There is a learning curve, but in general it’s going very well. I have very good coaches and I am well surrounded. Like in any environment, it takes a bit of time to adjust, but I don’t feel that out of place either. I feel in my place and I am happy with my progress, ”said Labelle during a videoconference organized by the team for the Quebec media.
Like a fish in water
The former Nomadic from Cégep Montmorency is currently enjoying a beautiful honeymoon. The environment appeals to him, he feels treated very well and the relationship with his position trainer Steve Heiden is good.
“Life changes a bit. The transition between the status of university player and professional player brings some differences. Now this is my job. I do this 24 hours a day. It’s time and commitment, but it’s the best job in the world! I can not complain. There are adjustments, but there is nothing that seems out of reach to me, ”he says.
Labelle can no longer wait for training camp, which should start in July. This is where he will try to confirm his place with the team. “The biggest thing right now is learning the playbook. There are certain situations to show off and I take those opportunities 100%, but for sure when we get to training camp and put on the equipment, it’s really there. that I can demonstrate what I can do. ”