Commanders got a lighter workload
The Washington Commanders have done some impressive work in pads during camp. However, it can take a toll on the players at a time of year when everyone is fighting for depth positions or in some cases, their jobs.
Ron Rivera and his staff are finding the right balance between intensity and more relaxed sessions. The NFL rules help, but taking care of the players with injuries piling up is absolutely essential to avoid further complications closer to the campaign.
It was a shorter, less testing workload for the Commanders on Monday. This resembled more of an OTA feeling without the popping of pads, but something that eased the roster into another week that will conclude with their preseason outing at the Cleveland Browns.
These sorts of sessions are a good way to focus on more intricate aspects. Walking through specific plays that are proving complicated, refining techniques, and working things out at a less frantic pace might not be the most exciting to the average fan, but it's all part of the process.
This could be the trend more often than not this week heading into their opening warmup fixture. The Commanders won't want to put too much on their players - especially those further down the depth chart likely to generate the most snaps - plus there is also a day of travel to throw into the equation for good measure.