Cornerback Mike Edwards, who is set to join the Warriors in mid-July , said he has received inspiration from inside receiver Davone Bess, a former Warrior now with the Miami Dolphins.
Edwards played eight games for Tennessee in 2009 before being dismissed after incurring legal troubles.
Edwards said he has chatted with Bess, who offered encouragement. Before joining the Warriors, Bess had spent time in a youth detention center for his role in a burglary.
"The first thing I told him was to take advantage of this opportunity, because he was very close to not having this chance," Bess said. "I told him to make the most of it. Then I got into my story, how I'm a living example of hope and making the most of a second chance. If I can do it, he can do it."
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If you overslept, you missed the 6:30 a.m. workout, the Warriors' official start to the offseason conditioning program.
But the Warriors have been practicing on their own for a while.
Quarterback Bryant Moniz said he has hosted weekly passing/receiving drills at his alma mater, Leilehua High, which installed synthetic turf last year.
"We work out at the home of the Mules — Camp Wahiawa," Moniz said.
He added: "The first week, it was just me and Royce (Pollard). And them me and Royce and Darius (Bright). Then me, Royce, Darius and some others. It's whoever can come out here and make the trips."
This week, the full unsupervised passing drills will be held on the Manoa campus.