4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 14

The Commanders got back down to practice after their preseason win against the Cleveland Browns.

Ricky Stromberg, Sam Cosmi, Jaryd Jones-Smith and Nick Gates
Ricky Stromberg, Sam Cosmi, Jaryd Jones-Smith and Nick Gates / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages
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Commanders OL pair switch positions

One potential problem that emerged from Friday's preseason game centered on the offensive line. Although there were one or two standouts across the unit, the level of consistency overall just wasn't where it needed to be.

We are still a few weeks away from the Washington Commanders taking the field for their regular-season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, so time is on the protection's side currently. However, it's a little concerning considering what's at stake for many across the organization in 2023.

Position versatility is something Ron Rivera values highly in his offensive linemen. That's a contentious subject among the fanbase, but it gives Washington more options in case of poor performance or injuries.

Another example of this came on Sunday. Although it was just a jog-through with no pads, the Commanders experimented with both Ricky Stromberg and Tyler Larsen at the guard positions throughout the session according to those in attendance.

Both players are designated centers, but there is enough athleticism with both to suggest that they could make the transition if needed. Sam Cosmi and Chris Paul did better than most during their warmup success over the Cleveland Browns, so it'll be interesting to see how this process plays out.

Perhaps the coaching staff used this chance to see what Stromberg and Larsen could offer in this scenario. And it never hurts to cover every base before the real action arrives.