3 Commanders who must build on promising starts at 2024 training camp

The hard work is far from over.
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Jayden Daniels - Commanders QB

The Washington Commanders ended months of speculation by selecting Jayden Daniels at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. It was a guessing game across the media with no leaks coming from Adam Peters' newfound professional front office in the nation's capital. However, it became obvious this was their primary target looking at the statements made following his arrival.

Daniels has everything one looks for in a franchise quarterback. He's exciting, can make things happen in the passing game or on the move, and carries himself with a natural aura that teammates naturally gravitate towards. This is something the Commanders haven't had since Robert Griffin III - something that can hopefully propel the organization to greatness if the support system around the signal-caller thrives.

The Heisman Trophy winner made a tremendous first impression. Daniels transitioned seamlessly into a professional environment. His high-performance levels during practice caught the eye. The player's willingness to go the extra mile in pursuit of progress gained instant respect from teammates and coaches.

This was an important first hurdle. Daniels is carrying the weight of expectancy on his shoulders and everyone - from players to coaches around him - knows that too. There's a collective mindset to make things around the former LSU standout easier. After that, everything else should fall into place.

Daniels' exceptional start to life with the Commanders only whets the appetite further heading into his rookie campaign. It's also making those around the league take notice. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, some are anticipating Washington to be a dangerous operation with their new man under center.

Optimism is growing, but the hard work is far from over. Daniels must build on this newfound momentum throughout Washington's upcoming training camp and when preseason games get here. Just how much he's featured in warmup games is undetermined, but getting his feet wet with nothing on the line should stand him in good stead before competitive action.

The sky's the limit for Daniels. If he thrives during camp, expectations will go through the roof.