ITV caught up with Lionel following Wednesday's practice and discussed his development and preperation for the upcoming season.
ITV: From your perspective, how is the running game developing?
Gates: We've been doing a good job. Since practices have been closed we have had more time to focus and meet together as a group. We're getting polished up on our footwork and techniques and stuff like that. The running game is coming along great. The fullbacks are doing a great job and the offensive line is doing a great job.
ITV: Because of injuries and other situations, this really seems like your first opportunity to shine as a running back. As you prepare for the season what is going through your mind?
ITV: Yourself and Eric Shelton make a dangerous 1-2 combination for opposing defenses. How are the two of you working together?
Gates: Eric and I have a close relationship. It's actually good to have a big, strong power back like Eric and then someone who is more versatile and can get outside. Defenses are going to have some trouble with the both of us.
ITV: Will the two of you be on the field at the same time?
Gates: Oh yeah. We're going to make ways to get both of us on the field and do some damage to that defense, so we make plays for the offense and help us win.