4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 mandatory minicamp Day 1

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Commanders TE Logan Thomas flourishing

Nothing much can be done about the Washington Commanders' lack of investment in their tight end options this offseason. This situation came under further scrutiny when promising youngster Armani Rogers tore his Achilles on the first official day of voluntary OTAs.

The Commanders have long stated they were happy with what they had. Perhaps in the hope Eric Bieniemy could work his magic with those already on the books in readiness for improved production in 2023.

One player that's caught the eye in no uncertain terms this offseason is Logan Thomas. The veteran option was seen as a potential cut candidate earlier this spring, but there's absolutely no chance of that now given how well he's been performing over early offseason workouts.

Bieniemy's scheme is going to be tight-end friendly. Something that was evident throughout his time on the Kansas City Chiefs - although having a potential Pro Football Hall of Famer tandem in Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes obviously helped.

Thomas is rapidly becoming one of quarterback Sam Howell's favorite targets. The pair hit it off once again over the first day of Washington's mandatory minicamp, with team reporter Zach Selby highlighting a sideline grab that left further reasons for encouragement.

Staying healthy will be the biggest key for Thomas. If this can be accomplished, then expect the former Virginia Tech standout to be heavily involved with Bieiemy calling the shots.