What were some critical observations to take from the third day of Washington Commanders' mandatory minicamp practice ahead of the 2023 season?
Another day, another mandatory minicamp practice for the Washington Commanders. There will be one more scheduled session next week before players and staff break for the summer, which signals the end of what's been an encouraging opening to their 2023 preparations all things considered.
The state of the Commanders could look a lot different by the time everyone congregates for training camp in a few weeks. Providing there are no surprises, Josh Harris' ownership group will have full approval from the NFL and the $6.05 billion sale will be confirmed once and for all.
This could free up enough resources for the Commanders to extend some valuable contributors ahead of time. Until then, Ron Rivera and his staff are focusing fully on fine-tuning every intricate detail before their well-deserved period of rest.
With this in mind, here are four critical observations from the third day of Washington's mandatory minicamp.
Commanders moved practice indoors
In an expected move, the Washington Commanders moved practice indoors after the air quality diminished significantly thanks to the potentially toxic fumes emanating from the Canadian wildfires. While it restricted space and made things a little more enclosed, it was better than having no session at all.
This was a fate that befell the New York Giants, who were forced to cancel their planned practice. With the complications set to last for several days yet, it'll be interesting to see what the state of play is when Washington returns for its final OTA before summer break next week.