Which Washington Commanders players boosted their stock during the team's two joint practices against the Baltimore Ravens?
It was a physical, intense two days of joint practices for the Washington Commanders when they clashed against the Baltimore Ravens as expected. These are two teams with a wealth of talent across the board and no quarter was given - leading to more than a few moments where things threatened to spill out of control.
Again, this isn't uncommon for joint sessions. Players fighting for jobs and hitting other people other than teammates bring about different reactions more often than not, but it was the sort of measuring stick Ron Rivera was looking for during an important stage of his evaluations.
The Commanders are now gearing up for their clash against the Ravens on Monday night, which just so happens to be on ESPN. This represents another opportunity for everyone involved to stake a claim and put themselves in the shop window if they aren't fortunate enough to make Washington's 53-man roster.
Until then, here are four Commanders players with soaring stock after their worthwhile experience in Baltimore.
Nick Gates - Commanders OL
The Washington Commanders' offensive line took some heat for their performance against the Cleveland Browns in Preseason Week 1. While it wasn't as bad as many made out upon further examination of the game film, it did nothing to dispel the notion of this unit's potential to become a weak link again in 2023.
Judging by their performance throughout joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens, the protection took their criticism personally. They were a much more cohesive unit in team drills, with the performance of Nick Gates catching the eye throughout according to those in attendance.
Gates was ruthless in pass protection and looks to be developing good chemistry/communication with quarterback Sam Howell for good measure. Much is expected of the free-agent signing at the center position in 2023, but all signs point to the former Nebraska star being a major asset.