The Black-and-Red did something a little different yesterday, with the home opener this Sunday, they opened training for the fans. It was a great opportunity for fans to see their favorite players up close and even get some autographs and take a couple of selfies. There would have been far more fans if it was a normal day, unfortunately the day of the open training session happened to fall on the same day that Metro decided to shut down it’s service for close to 24 hours and that’s how a good many fans get to the stadium on game days.
Still, it was a nice wrinkle leading up to the home opener. Something that should only grow going forward, in this day and age, access to players only makes a fan’s love grow. Obviously there was no tactical work done with the session being public, but it was fun to watch the team get loose and get after it in both drills and a bit of a scrimmage. One thing that jumped out while watching from field level is the speed, there’s far more pace in this group than in last year’s bunch. It’s allowing players to be more creative in not just how they make a run, but how passes are delivered. The personnel is still getting to know each other, but it was definitely all positive vibes and the fans did seem to enjoy it.
It was also good to see both Chris Korb and Bill Hamid, both are out with injuries, but fans got a chance to see them walk out on the field to watch some of the training session. A few even got a chance to get some autographs and take some pictures, which definitely isn’t a bad way to spend a sunny Wednesday morning.