Commanders ownership making an early statement
There was talk of Josh Harris wanting boots on the ground at training camp once his ownership group's $6.05 billion purchase of the Washington Commanders became official. Something that came to fruition immediately on Day No. 1.
Harris and Mitchell Rales were front and center on the sidelines to get a first-hand look at the opening day's session. They were joined by Washington franchise royalty, with former players such as Ryan Clark and Joe Theismann taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the Commanders' facility.
The whole atmosphere has taken a complete 180 turn in recent days since the sale saga ended once and for all. Harris and Rales met with the players before practice and according to Ron Rivera, will go through their own vision to take the franchise forward in more detail during a team meeting.
This is all part of the new, inclusive operation being run by Harris and his wealthy team of investors. Discussions between the majority partner and Rivera are also continuing as they become familiar with one another heading into the campaign.
Expect this trend to continue throughout camp. Harris has already stated he won't be meddling much in football affairs as he learns the ropes, but it'll be nice to have present ownership rather than one man hiding away on his luxury yacht to avoid the paying peasants.