4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 mandatory minicamp Day 2

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Commanders WR Dax Milne impresses

We've spoken previously about how difficult it'll be for those further down the wide receiver pecking order to make their presences felt. The Washington Commanders have their starting trio sown up and remain hopeful that Dyami Brown can fulfill his promise with old college teammate Sam Howell under center, so what happens below the top four is anyone's guess.

That's what makes practice reps so important for those trying to cement their status or carve a new path for themselves. And one wideout that's caught the eye more than most throughout early offseason workouts once again imposed himself on Day 2 of the Commanders' mandatory minicamp.

Dax Milne is an interesting case. The former seventh-round pick hasn't generated much in the way of targets over his two-year stint in Washington so far and given the options available, his place as the team's kick returner is also in serious doubt.

If this extra competition was designed to increase Milne's performance levels, it's had the desired effect so far. The one-time BYU standout has gained a reputation for making spectacular grabs and another fine example came on Wednesday when he plucked a descending ball almost from the floor for a big gain.

There is a long way to go and plenty of twists to come yet. However, Milne has kicked off his offseason with renewed purpose in pursuit of enhancing his chances of similar or more involvement when the time to decide the 53-man roster arrives.