4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 mandatory minicamp Day 3

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Percy Butler continues strong Commanders offseason

Releasing Bobby McCain was the clearest sign yet that the Washington Commanders felt comfortable putting more on Percy Butler's plate next season. The one-time Louisiana stud caught the eye during limited reps as a rookie and there could be even more to come with another preparation period to learn and develop under his belt.

Butler could be the third safety option behind Darrick Forrest and Kamren Curl in 2023. Considering how many two-linebacker sets defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio could use next time around, it would be a surprise if the former fourth-round pick didn't get more time on the field as an NFL sophomore.

The defensive back is doing his chances no harm whatsoever throughout the team's mandatory minicamp. One could make a strong case for Butler being one of the most improved performers so far, even though practice sessions are still in their relative infancy.

This is a good start from Butler, but no more than that. Washington has plenty of competition for places with the introduction of Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin into the secondary, so complacency must not become an issue for anyone even at this early stage.

Butler has undeniable talent but remains rough around the edges. The only thing that'll tighten this up is more reps, which the player is likely to receive plenty of in the preseason.