Throughout the San Antonio Commanders training camp in January, four quarterbacks shared the repititions in practice.
After the team cut down the regular-season roster to 52 players – including three remaining quarterbacks – all three passers shared time running the offense in practice.
On Thursday, in the last public practice before the season opener, something looked different.
Logan Woodside was getting a lot of work with the offense in the latter part of practice.
Commanders coach Mike Riley still didn’t name a starter when he met with the media at the end of practice. “We’re not quite ready to do that,” Riley said.
But Riley had plenty of positive things to say about Woodside.
“Logan has kind of got an all-around upside,” Riley said. “He’s a good athlete. His mobility is helpful, whether you use him as a runner, he can do that. But he certainly can escape and move in the pocket, so he’s got athletic ability.
“He’s got a nice quick arm, a good release. He’s a very decisive thrower. He makes decisions and gets rid of the ball. He has been accurate. With everything we’ve said, that’s kind of the icing on the cake. You’ve got to be accurate.”
Dustin Vaughan and Marquise Williams are the other two quarterbacks on the roster.
Riley had insisted throughout mini-camp and training camp that he wanted to leave the quarterback competition as open as possible.
“First and foremost you’ve got to thank the coaches for dedicating their time,” Woodside said. “They put in a lot of hours for us to come in and learn.”
Woodside made a big impression last weekend in the team’s preseason game – which was not open to the public. The Commanders open the season Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.
If Woodside is the Commanders’ starting quarterback on Saturday, it might have been his performance in the preseason game that put him over the top. The preseason game also helped the former Toledo quarterback feel game ready again.
“Just some good game reps,” Woodside said. “Good to get hit again. First time in a while that I’ve been hit, so that was good. I tried to make some more progress and connections with some of the receivers.”
H-E-B providing tickets to military
The Commanders announced H-E-B will partner with the United Service Organizations (USO) to donate tickets for the team’s inaugural game to active-duty military members in the San Antonio area.
Thursday’s practice injury report
SAN DIEGO FLEET
LB Travis Feeney (Elbow) FULL PARTICIPATION
CB Curtis Mikell (Ankle) LIMITED
WR Nelson Spruce (Calf) FULL PARTICIPATION
C Jeremiah Kolone (Ankle) DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Gavin Escobar (Ribs) LIMITED
SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS
RB Trey Williams (Foot) DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Jordan Thomas (Thigh) DID NOT PARTICIPATE
S Derron Smith (Foot) FULL PARTICIPATION