What were some critical observations to take from Day No. 1 of Washington Commanders training camp ahead of the 2023 campaign?
Although there was no offseason lull whatsoever for the Washington Commanders thanks to the ownership saga that mercifully reached a positive conclusion last week, it was great to begin focusing on football once again. Players and coaches took to the practice field in Ashburn for the start of training camp on Wednesday, which was the start of what can hopefully become a profitable preparation phase before Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.
There seems to be a different buzz around the franchise right now. Dan Snyder's dark cloud has gone and everyone seems relieved and more relaxed - something that can bring about improvements in a competitive environment if the correct foundations are laid throughout camp.
With this in mind, here are four critical observations from Day 1 of Washington's training camp in 2023.
Commanders defense creating turnovers
If there was one criticism about the Washington Commanders' defense last season, it centered on their inability to turn chances into takeaways. Something that must change if Jack Del Rio's unit wants to become the league's best in 2023.
Judging by their start to training camp, it's something the Commanders are looking to rectify this time around. According to those in attendance, Washington's defensive group managed to bring in four interceptions throughout practice - three coming from Jake Fromm's hand and the other arriving courtesy of veteran free-agent signing Jacoby Brissett.
This is just one session, so it's important to not get carried away. But with the additions of Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin coupled with the talent already around, hopes are high that this particular area of production takes a significant leap forward.