Commanders share spirited practice with Atlanta Legends – photo gallery

Commanders offensive lineman Andrew McDonald (69) goes up against Legends defensive lineman J.T. Jones as San Antonio and Atlanta held a joint practice on Tuesday at Farris Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders offensive lineman Andrew McDonald (69) goes up against Legends defensive lineman J.T. Jones as San Antonio and Atlanta held a joint practice on Tuesday at Farris Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders had their first face-to-face look at another AAF team on Tuesday.

The Commanders and Atlanta Legends shared a practice at Farris Stadium.

The workout was energetic on both sides. The part of the practice where the teams scrimmaged against each other ended early after some fisticuffs.

Training camp report: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

The Commanders were in pads and there was plenty of contact in practice.

The temperature was about 60 degrees and breezy at 10 a.m. It warmed up by the time things wrapped up a little after noon.

Two roster changes

The Commanders waived running back Henry Poggi

The Commanders added linebacker Tyrone Holmes.

Here is what the Commanders’ daily report says about Tyrone Holmes

Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars 181st overall in 2016 NFL Draft … played in 15 career NFL games with the Cleveland Browns between 2016 and 2017, totaling nine total tackles and 1.0 sack … signed to Los Angeles Chargers’ practice squad in December 2018… totaled 212 tackles (72 solo, 142 assisted) in four seasons at the University of Montana … had 34.5 sacks and a school-record 49.5 tackles for loss … named the 2015 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year and named to four separate All-American teams as a senior.

Commanders tight ends at training camp

Updated Jan. 22 at 10:56 a.m.

Commanders tight end Evan Rodriguez heads up the sideline after catching a pass Monday in training camp at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders tight end Evan Rodriguez heads up the sideline after catching a pass Monday in training camp at Central Catholic High School. – photo by Joe Alexander
The tight ends are football’s big men who can block, run and catch passes.

The San Antonio Commanders have plenty of size among their tight ends – going all the way up to Cam Clear from Texas A&M, who was listed at 308 pounds at minicamp. Clear is reported to be down to about 278.

The other tight ends on the training camp roster are Cole Hunt from TCU, Jevoni Robinson from North Carolina State, Evan Rodriguez from Temple and Stehly Reden from Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Henry Poggi, who is listed as a fullback from Michigan, also spends time as a tight end.

Robinson was limited in practice on Monday.

Editor’s note: Updated to more accurately reflect Cam Clear’s current weight.

Commanders coach Mike Riley and the zen of bouncing back

San Antonio Commanders coach Mike Riley (right) works with players on holding for field goals. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders coach Mike Riley (right) works with players on holding for field goals. – photo by Joe Alexander
The talk of the football world on Sunday night was a missed field goal on the final play of the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over the Chicago Bears.

San Antonio Commanders coach Mike Riley has been around long enough to have thoughts on working with players who shoulder the blame for tough losses.

“There’s a lot of mental parts that go into it,” Riley said. “The fact of the matter is that it was tough, it was a miss.

“What we coach is it’s a great opportunity to show that you can bounce back and that you’re-tough minded enough to do it and it’s a great chance to build a better you.”

Training camp update: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

It was warmer and more humid than the first two days of practice, up to about 75 degrees when the players walked off the field. There were lots of visiting coaches on the sidelines, due largely to the American Football Coaches Association convention in San Antonio.

Cornerback Zack Sanchez and the rest of the players were in shoulder pads on Monday for the first time in training camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
Cornerback Zack Sanchez and the rest of the players were in shoulder pads on Monday for the first time in training camp.
Shoulder pads

The Commanders went through their first two practices on Saturday and Sunday with helmets but no pads. On Monday, they added shoulder pads. “It feels like real football,” one assistant coach said.

“If was given the choice I would go with shoulder pads on the very first day and still keep them up just because I think it provides them the protection when you’re running through the hole from the back,” Riley said. “I think it’s good. Frankly it wasn’t a lot different, except for the interaction in the line.”

Come watch practice

The Commanders’ daily news update includes the following:

“NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: All practices for teams of The Alliance of American Football are now open to the general public. Fans are required to sit in the stands.”

Roster addition

Henry Poggi, a fullback from Iowa State, is now No. 45 on the roster. He is listed at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds.

Mabry no longer on roster

Former UTSA defensive lineman Ashaad Mabry is no longer on the roster. He was listed as a defensive end at 6-foot-2, 312 pounds wearing No. 97. Mabry was at the first training camp practice on Saturday, but didn’t have a helmet on. He was with the team in mini-camp. The team announced he was placed on the reserved/injured list via the waiver system.

San Antonio Commanders kicker Sergio Castillo Jr. works with Joseph Zema doing the holding. Zema is a punter. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders kicker Sergio Castillo Jr. works with Joseph Zema doing the holding. Zema is a punter.