Tag Archives: Douglas McNeil III

Jamar Howard’s Offseason Workout Plan

While wide receivers Eric Rogers (now in the CFL) and Douglas McNeil (now in the NFL) got the attention that comes with all the touchdowns last year, Jamar Howard was performing at a level rivaling them by the end of the 2014 season.

With those two gone to begin the season in 2015, Howard is now getting those end zone opportunities and putting up putting up numbers that compare favorably to last year’s top performers.

2014, Final 5 games Howard McNeil Other WRs combined
Receptions 39 40 42
Yards 558 443 412
TD 5 15 5

He also put in the work in the offseason to get himself ready to be the No. 1 receiver.

“My offseason was critical. I got in the best shape of my life, I lost 25 pounds – I just know my mind’s set on my ultimate goal, said Howard. “I worked my ass off to get to this point.”

Thunder Head Coach Mike Hohensee agreed: “He came in in tremendous shape. He really reinvented himself in the offseason; he wanted to be the guy we went to, and at this point, he is.”

The program was simple, consisting of a few simple steps:

  • Hit the weights. Howard had never considered that a priority before this offseason, and now he’s spending time in the weight room, shedding calories and maintaining muscle mass he’s gained.
  • Keep on schedule. Gone are the days where he’d be up late at night and make a run to McDonald’s or other fast food locations. Now he doesn’t eat after 10 p.m. and works on five smaller meals per day. He’ll have a cheat day here and there, but he’s “working out so much it doesn’t really matter.”
  • Cut the sweets. He also stopped eating candy and drinking soda. “I love drinking water now,” Howard said.
  • Run. From running routes while working out with quarterbacks Darron Thomas and Kyle Rowley to just plain running to build up cardiovascular endurance, he credits running with helping to keep him a step ahead of defenders, especially late in the game.

In addition to having the opportunity to “become unstoppable,” as Hohensee says, both Howard and Coach Hohensee have the same goal for Howard this season.

“I want him to be a champion,” said Hohensee. “I think he’s taken that to heart. Besides being a great receiver, he’s taken a leadership role. A lot of different issues have happened on and off the field with the team, ownership, whatever it is – he’s done a great job handling that. It’s a shame he’s not one of the captains, because he’s one of the guys that’s acting like one.”

For now, performing like a champion includes pushing himself harder than he’s ever pushed in practice, something that he sees his teammates doing along with him.

“I’m pushing myself in practice. I’m practicing a lot harder. I think we all do – we compete,” said Howard. “At practice, the defense doesn’t like us and we don’t like them. But when it comes time for the game, we’re all like brothers. We love each other.”

Howard leads the team with 114 yards receiving and three touchdowns after a star turn against the Los Angeles KISS. He also earned Highlight of the Week honors after catching a pass that sent him flipping over the wall in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. He’ll take the field hoping to exceed even that performance this Friday against the Tampa Bay Storm.

#ThunderTopPlay, Florida Final

It’s all about the chalk in Florida.  1 vs. 2 in the Florida final. Just purely incredible plays, both of which left announcers in disbelief.

The top overall seed, Douglas McNeil provided some Odell Beckham, Jr.-caliber hands when snagging this pass with one hand.

But oh, the wacky greatness of this two seed. Teamwork on incredible defensive plays…it just warms the heart.

To vote in today’s other contest, the New Orleans Final, click here.

You could make the Thunder’s top play in 2015! To sign up for our open tryout on Dec. 1-2, click here.

#ThunderTopPlay, Los Angeles Final

The fans determined that 3 > 2, in that three Douglas McNeil TD’s were better than two Varmah Sonie picks. However, they also determined that 2 > 3, in that the two seed, the forced fumble recovery in the end zone, beat out Antron Dillon’s fourth-down sack to put a dagger in the KISS’ comeback hopes.

So which is true this week? Does Dougie dash away with the LA’s entry into the semifinals?

Or will KC Obi and Bryce Peila combine to take that spot away?

Did you vote in the San Antonio Final? You should. You can find it here.

Thunder Top Play, FLA Region 1 vs 4

No upsets in the Florida bracket, which is probably the strongest bracket of the four, since we were able to use highlights from two games and battle them against each other.

Both of these are fantastic catches; we can probably assume that McNeil’s catch is going to continue a run to the regional finals, but let’s not underestimate the difficulty level in managing to stay under the bars on the jump, then getting down in time to tap the toes before hauling in the INT.

To vote in today’s other matchup, click here.

Thunder Top Play, LA region 1 vs 5

It’s clear: Thunder fans like bang for their buck. Varmah Sonie’s two-pick highlight gave you two huge interceptions for the price of one top seed. Douglas McNeil III’s three touchdowns against the KISS (and the ensuing dances) were too much for his one incredible catch to overcome.

Now, both value picks battle each other in the second round of great plays made during the #RedOut. Who ya got, Portland?

To vote in today’s other contest, click here.

Thunder in the Offseason, Week 3

We continue to follow Thunder players in other professional leagues in the offseason – at this point it looks like former Thunder linebacker T.J. Fatinikun is the only player who will be playing this weekend, as he’ll take the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Eric Rogers made a strong case for a spot on the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders’ playoff roster, catching four passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. With two games played for Calgary, he’s tied for fourth on the team with those two touchdown receptions. The Stampeders finished with the best record in the league, so they’re on a bye this week as Edmonton and Saskatchewan battle to see who’s going to play them in the Western Final.

Douglas McNeil continues to enjoy his time in Denver, though he remains on the practice squad and will not play tomorrow.

Here’s the schedule for games involving Thunder players’ teams this weekend:

  • Tampa Bay @ Washington: 10 a.m., FOX
  • Denver @ St. Louis, 10 a.m., CBS

Thunder Top Play Tourney, Week 1 Recap

 Dave and Buster's Ad

We’re through a week of voting for 2014’s top play! The second round in the top half of the bracket has been set, with eight different players’ highlights being represented, a tribute to how much of a team effort these games are. The big upset of the first round was Danny Southwick, who ran past 2-seed Varmah Sonie with the longest touchdown run in Thunder history.

Top Play bracket after a week of voting

Next week will feature plays from our wins over our American Conference foes, the New Orleans Voodoo, Jacksonville Sharks, and Tampa Bay Storm. Be ready for several more great plays and help us determine who came up with the Thunder’s top play in 2014!

Don’t forget! YOU could make the top play for the Thunder in 2015! We have open tryouts on December 1 (QB, WR, DB) and 2 (FB, LB, OL, DL). Sign up early and save $20 on registration fees!

We’ll also be at the Dave and Buster’s opening in Clackamas from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, November 10 – stop by and say hi to Darron Thomas! But before you do that, go like their Facebook page. Since they got to 1,000 likes before tomorrow, we’re sending Darron with some extra prizes to give away to fans on Monday.

Thunder in the Offseason, Pt. 2

Douglas McNeil III hauls in a pass at Denver Broncos practice.
Douglas McNeil III hauls in a pass at Denver Broncos practice last week.

A few former Portland Thunder players are  making an impact in other leagues as well.

WR Eric Rogers got his first CFL action a couple of weeks ago, catching five passes for 72 yards (second-most on the team), helping Calgary notch its 14th win of the season. Unfortunately for those tuning in to see him last week, he wasn’t active for that game – however, it seems as though he’s going to be starting at WR again for the Stampeders this week.

Former LB T.J. Fatinikun is still on the active roster with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Douglas McNeil III continues to participate on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad.

Here’s this week’s schedule for their new teams for those who want to keep up with  their exploits!

  • Calgary at BC: Sat., Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. PDT. (ESPN3)
  • Tampa Bay vs Atlanta: Sun., Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. PST. (FOX)
  • Denver at Oakland: Sun., Nov. 9 at 1:05 p.m. PST. (CBS)

2014 Thunder Top Play, Day 3: McNeil vs. McNeil

This battle between Douglas McNeil III plays highlights the age-old battle in determining greatness – do you value one bright, shining moment, no matter how fleeting? Or do you prefer consistently good plays? McNeil provided both against the KISS – now it’s your turn to decide which YOU value.

Which of McNeil’s moments move on to Round 2?

To vote in today’s other battle, click here.