4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 5

The Commanders got back down to business with a close training camp practice on Monday.

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Commanders saw star qualities from Kamren Curl

Despite wanting a new deal at some stage before the 2023 campaign, Kamren Curl isn't letting this get in the way of preparing effectively for the 2023 season. Considering how other top-performing stars around the league are holding out until financial security arrives, it's a testament to his high character and team-first mentality.

Curl has long proven his importance to the Washington Commanders after surging from a seventh-round afterthought into an integral part of the team's plans. If those in power wanted further proof, they only have to look at the player's performance during Monday's session per the media in attendance.

The former Arkansas standout was his usual commanding self throughout. Curl also produced one of the day's best highlights with a stunning interception, jumping a Jahan Dotson route to pick off Sam Howell with supreme athleticism and conviction in equal measure.

Washington's secondary is set to make improvements next season following the additions of Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin. If Curl and his safety partner Darrick Forrest also continue their encouraging development, it could be enough to propel the Commanders' defense into the league's No. 1 unit across the board.

Curl is counting $3.02 million against the salary cap on the final year of his deal. But few would argue that he isn't more than deserving of a much bigger commitment long term.