Which Washington Commanders' news stories are hitting the headlines with the team's first official public training camp practice in the books?
What a sight it was to see so many Washington Commanders fans descend en masse to Ashburn to see their first opening training camp session on Thursday. New ownership group members were in attendance once again and the vibrancy across the facility was in keeping with the growing mood enveloping the franchise since Dan Snyder left town.
Of course, it brought plenty of tidbits, too. Among the stories causing debate include Ron Rivera's pleasure with how things are currently unfolding, Chase Young's bounce-back mentality, Emmanuel Forbes on the benefit of elite competition, and the Commanders' new stadium battle officially commences once again.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Ron Rivera hails Commanders fans
It's been hard to ignore the demeanor change where Ron Rivera is concerned now that the Washington Commanders' ownership saga is over once and for all. He looks rejuvenated, reborn, and everything in between when during press conferences and on the practice field as he finally focuses on football rather than any unnecessary distractions.
This has been noticeable among the fans, too. Something that Rivera rightfully acknowledged in his comments to the media via the team's website after Thursday's second session.
"It was cool. It really was cool. It really was. I think one of the things that the players talked about was when somebody made a play, you could hear the fans get excited about it and guys come back to the huddle. They got grins on their faces and stuff like that. Their energy is part of what helps us."- Ron Rivera via Commanders.com
This needs to be a collective effort to get the Commanders back into contention. But with ticket sales soaring and the atmosphere buzzing, this organization is looking like a unified front for the first time in more than two decades.