Colder weather arrives at Commanders training camp

The Commanders' offense goes through formations and plays at training camp on Monday on Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Commanders’ offense goes through formations and plays at training camp on Monday on Central Catholic High School. – photo by Joe Alexander
Training camp report: Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

For the first time since the Commanders started training workouts on Jan. 5, it felt more like winter in San Antonio. The players hit the field under clowdy skies and temperatures in the low 40s. It inched up a few degrees by the time practice ended about 1:15.”

“It’s Texas in January. It’s 70 and then 40. We just deal with it,” said Commanders coach Mike Riley, who spent time as a college head coach at Oregon State and Nebraska. “It really doesn’t feel any different for me getting started. It feels like training camp and the start of the season.

The players wore helmets but no pads – making it a day bodies could heal. Coaches could focus on teaching and there was less competing for positions. The players generally had hoodies on under their jerseys.

“Totally teaching,” Riley said. “I’ve done this for a long time and had to make a lot of fall camp practice schedules in my life. I’m just using that experience to see what’s happened with some guys.

“After three of four days in a row, a day to slow down is not bad. Then three or four more days then have a day off. I think there is a rotation in there somewhere to give them a day off physically rather than go six straight days full speed real hard. You’re at some point going to get diminishing returns.”

Center Eric Wren in offensive line drills on Monday at training camp at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Center Eric Wren in offensive line drills on Monday.

Former University of the Incarnate Word punter Joseph Zema gets in the work at the beginning of practice on Monday at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former University of the Incarnate Word punter Joseph Zema gets in the work at the beginning of practice.

Offensive coordinator Matt Troxel talks with the Commanders quarterbacks during practice on Monday at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Offensive coordinator Matt Troxel talks with the Commanders quarterbacks during practice.

Running backs coach Lyle Moevao and head coach Mike Riley talk on the field during practice Monday at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Running backs coach Lyle Moevao and head coach Mike Riley talk on the field during practice.

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