“Quite honestly, [Thursday] was a tough day for me in the afternoon,” Rivera said Friday. “This is one of those times where going straight through really kind of wore on me yesterday. … It’s about [building] back that endurance.
“You hadn’t really had to do it because for the most part with OTAs and mini-camps, it was half the day and then I had a big break.”
For training camp, Washington holds a two-hour practice that typically lasts from 10 a.m. to around noon. The heat over the last few days has been intense — even possibly contributing to tempers rising as the week has gone on. During Friday’s session, tight end Temarrick Hemingway got into a confrontation with defensive end Montez Sweat and Hemingway had to be pulled off to the sideline. Then on the next play, linebacker Cole Holcomb punched tight end Sammis Reyes — leading to Reyes being restrained from escalating the situation further.
“He frowned on the fighting part,” guard Brandon Scherff said, almost disappointed.
Washington’s day doesn’t end with practice. In the afternoon, Rivera reviews that day’s film and bounces from meeting to meeting. He does that until the evening, when Washington holds a walkthrough from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Rivera said he needs to be better about finding when to take a break during the day.
Last year, Rivera found time to rest when necessary. He would nap consistently, even before games. He would have his daughter drive him to practice and then home, leaving the facility at night much earlier than his usual hours. Typically, Rivera heads to bed around 10 p.m.
“I feel really good, I’m very comfortable,” Rivera said.
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