What were some overlooked observations from the Washington Commanders' early off-season workouts in readiness for the 2023 campaign?
There's been plenty to run the rule over during early practices where the Washington Commanders are concerned. Something that's left more reasons for optimism ahead of what promises to be a franchise-altering campaign one way or another.
This has everything to do with Dan Snyder's pending departure as owner, which should be confirmed in the coming weeks. Untold enthusiasm and jubilation will immediately follow once the news becomes public knowledge, but it does nothing to detract from the pressure surrounding almost everyone in prominent positions of power within the franchise.
OTAs and Washington's mandatory minicamp were a chance to get the schemes installed and hone chemistry in a relaxed setting. The usual suspects have taken the hype, but some under-the-radar elements also deserve to be discussed as the team gets set for their summer break.
With this in mind, here are three overlooked observations from the Commanders' early offseason workouts in 2023.
Commanders were never cutting Logan Thomas
With the Washington Commanders looking for ways to free up funds on their salary cap this spring, many thought Logan Thomas would be one of the veterans sacrificed for the greater good, so to speak. The tight end regressed last season and dealt with some injury problems, so one could have forgiven the player for nervously looking over his shoulder before a formal decision on his future.
Fast forward a few weeks and it's clear to see that the Commanders never seriously considered letting Thomas go. In fact, it looks as if Eric Bieniemy is going to make the former Virginia Tech standout one of Washington's focal points on offense.
Thomas looked sharp and is developing some eye-catching chemistry with quarterback Sam Howell throughout early off-season workouts. Considering how much Bieniemy likes to implement tight ends as part of his scheme, this could be the start of a profitable 2023 for the player.