3 underrated storylines to watch at Commanders training camp in 2023

Don't overlook these underrated storylines at Commanders training camp this summer.
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How will Commanders OL shape up?

One of the clear unknowns of this year's talented 2023 roster comes up front on the offensive line. This is a position group with more questions than answers once aain.

While Charles Leno Jr. is a slightly above-average left tackle, his age is beginning to show. It wouldn't be a shocker to see Cornelius Lucas - who shined at left tackle for Kansas State and has played well at both edge positions when healthy - push for starting reps eventually.

Most pencil in Leno as the full-time blindside blocker for Sam Howell in 2023. But don't be stunned if he struggles and Lucas fills in.

The biggest position battle on the offensive line appears to be at left guard. As of now, Saahdiq Charles appears to be the starter and got first-team reps throughout mini-camp, but he's never been able to stay healthy and has served as backup throughout his career with the team.

Chris Paul has earned a ton of praise from his teammates and the coaching staff alike. So if Charles can't stay healthy or struggles in camp, expect to see a switch.

Ron Rivera recently raved about Paul's potential via the team's official website.

"He's a young man that I really do think as he continues to grow, he's gonna have a bright future here. He's smart. He understands the game. He's athletic, very athletic, big man. Just some little detailed things that he's gotta show up, but his time is gonna come."

Ron Rivera via Commanders.com

The center spot appears to be cemented by Nick Gates - who they brought in during the offseason. But there have been rumblings third-round pick Ricky Stromberg could climb his way up the depth chart and eventually emerge as the starter.

Tyler Larsen is currently listed second, with Stromberg third. However, this is a position that has been plagued with injuries and has held the unit back the last few seasons, so may the best man win.

On the right side, it appears Sam Cosmi has made the full transition to guard. Andrew Wylie - who came over with Eric Bieniemy from the Kansas City Chiefs - will hold down the right tackle position.

This still feels like a group where changes could happen at any moment, even when many don't see them right now. Protecting Sam Howell will be critical to the offensive success, so the Commanders have to get this group performing cohesively by Week 1.