3 winners (and 2 losers) from Commanders 2024 minicamp

There were winners and losers from Washington's mandatory minicamp.
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Loser No. 1

Lucas Havrisik

Fortunes can change quickly during minicamp. Just ask Lucas Havrisik.

He appeared to be booting his way to the front of the queue for the right to fill the void left by Brandon McManus at kicker. That is until Havrisik got his radar all wrong on the final day.

His last chance to impress coaches became a litany of missed opportunities. Sam Fortier from The Washington Post detailed the kicker's rough parting practice:

"Lucas Havrisik, on the other hand, followed up his perfect Wednesday by missing two of his four attempts. He hooked a 33-yarder wide left and doinked the left goal post from about 50 yards. One of his intermediate attempts appeared to just sneak inside the left upright."

Sam Foriter, Washington Post

It was quite the about-turn from Havrisik, who had kicked a perfect game during the first session of the mandatory minicamp. His streak of six successful conversions included one where heckling players attempted to shatter his focus to no avail.

Havrisik building on his six-for-six streak would have solved an underrated problem for the Commanders. The legal situation involving McManus, who's facing allegations of sexual assault, prompted the Washington Commanders to make a change.

So far, the process has been anything but smooth, with Havrisik failing to make the job his own. Perhaps Ramiz Ahmed will build on his flawless day of putting his laces into the ball and emerge as the kicker of choice.

The USFL record holder has the leg strength for the role. But special teams coordinator Larry Izzo will surely want to see Ahmed pushed by more consistent competition at training camp.

While uncertainty reigns in the kicking game, the Commanders are starting to get a clearer picture about who could become a force in the secondary.