3 burning questions the Commanders defense must answer at training camp in 2023

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Commanders secondary adjustments

They say variety is the spice of life. That might be the case for many within the Washington Commanders secondary during the upcoming 2023 campaign.

Washington's defensive backs are talented, but a lack of takeaways became an issue last season. In some cases, reliability on the health front was another major stumbling block behind genuine consistency.

Something had to be done this offseason to fortify the unit. The safety position looks good with Darrick Forrest, Kamren Curl, and Percy Butler, so the focus turned to the cornerback group and one hotly-coveted prospect, in particular.

The Commanders became almost infatuated with Emmanuel Forbes from early in the draft process. His slender frame didn't seem to bother those in power all that much en route to selecting him No. 16 overall, which was thanks in no small part to lockdown production in the SEC and becoming one of the best ballhawks in college football for good measure.

Forbes' swagger and ability to make plays left a positive mark throughout early workouts. If the same trend continues at camp, then the Commanders will have no qualms about throwing starting reps his way and seeing how things unfold.

Washington also spent their second-round selection on Quan Martin - a versatile presence that can operate anywhere across the secondary with minimal fuss. This gives the Commanders a different dynamic to utilize, so adding these two rookies to a group that also includes Kendall Fuller and Benjamin St-Juste comes with untold potential.