4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 12

After a less frantic period, things got physical once again at Commanders training camp.

Montez Sweat
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Commanders DE Montez Sweat dominates

Much of the hype has centered on Chase Young's encouraging return to the practice field throughout training camp. However, his edge-rushing teammate is starting to impose himself to a level of complete dominance over everyone unfortunate enough to cross his path.

Montez Sweat is a physical specimen with proven reliability in terms of health and production. He's starting to truly believe what he could be, which is a dangerous combination for a player that the Washington Commanders will rely upon heavily in 2023.

What happens beyond that is less clear. Sweat - like Young - is entering a contract year and is seeking mega money in keeping with the better-paid pass-rushers in the league.

Based on his performance levels throughout camp and since he arrived as a first-round pick out of Mississippi State, the Commanders should get this situation resolved at the earliest possible opportunity if they had any sense. Because the price is only going up.

Now that the new ownership team is in place, contract situations like the ones involving Sweat and Kamren Curl can come under consideration. But with Nick Bosa and Brian Burns due big paydays in the near future, the edge presence might decide to wait it out in the hope of getting a more lucrative extension further down the road.

Either way, Sweat is going to be a significant asset for the Commanders next season. If Young stays healthy and the interior continues to thrive, Washington's defensive front will be the best in football.