4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 mandatory minicamp Day 1

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What were some critical observations from the opening day of Washington Commanders' mandatory minicamp as preparations ramp up for the 2023 season?

Things are heating up for the Washington Commanders as players descended on the facility en mass for the first day of mandatory minicamp. This is another landmark date in the offseason calendar and the final chance to showcase their talents before the team's training camp rolls around.

Ron Rivera and his staff might be working under larger pressure this summer depending on how Josh Harris' meeting with the NFL's finance committee goes tomorrow (Wednesday). Something that could shift the sale process along to a formal vote among other owners in late June or early July depending on which report you read.

Rivera stated that the Commanders will hopefully conclude their installation phase in the coming days before a short period of rest before camp. There's been a notable energy shift and higher tempo across the board, which can hopefully be the spark Washington needs to get out of mediocrity once and for all.

With that being said, here are four critical observations from Day 1 of the Commanders' mandatory minicamp in 2023.

Commanders welcomed some special guests

There was a full turnout of players as Chase Young, Montez Sweat, and Charles Leno Jr. returned to the fold. But the Washington Commanders also welcomed some special guests who know full well what it takes to reach the very top.

According to various sources in attendance, the Commanders had Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp running the rule over Washington's current front. This is loaded with first-round talent and is expected to be an area of substantial strength once again in 2023.

Another notable face seen walking around the field was Ryan Kerrigan, who needs no introduction whatsoever to Commanders fans. It might not seem like much, but having such respected figures visiting the practice field should serve as inspiration to those following in their footsteps.