4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 OTAs Day 5

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What were some critical observations from the fifth official day of Washington Commanders' organized team activities ahead of the 2023 season?

With the Washington Commanders preparing to embark on an exciting new era without Dan Snyder, the tempo and energy have been noticeably high throughout organized team activities so far. Something those in power will be hoping continues throughout the preparation period ahead of what promises to be an emotionally-charged Week 1 encounter against the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field.

There are always going to be some errors this early in the process. OTAs are designed to find out what works and what doesn't before mandatory minicamp and training camp, but it's been refreshing to see everyone on the same page as attention firmly focuses on football once again.

Of course, there is a chance everything goes wrong, but it won't be for a lack of trying before the campaign. Based on what's transpired over the first few days of OTAs, the Commanders could be among the surprise packages in 2023 if certain position groups improve as expected.

With that being said, here are four critical observations from Day 5 of Washington's organized team activities as preparations continue for the 2023 season.

Commanders inspired by familiar faces

One couldn't ignore two special guests at practice on Wednesday, who lent their support and offered invaluable advice to Washington Commanders players ahead of a critical campaign for the franchise in 2023. Something those on the roster would be wise to take on board.

Ray Brown, who was an offensive lineman in Washington over two spells before turning his attention to coaching, spoke about establishing a winning culture. Former running back Clinton Portis - who needs no introduction after a glittering career - also discussed the importance of putting in the work at this stage of the summer to reap the rewards when competitive games arrive.

Considering the esteem in which both ex-players are held across the Commanders franchise, their thoughts should hold a lot of weight among those following in their footsteps.