4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 6

Things got physical with pads on for the first time at Commanders training camp.
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Commanders OL holds its own

Getting the pads on represented the biggest challenge to date for the Washington Commanders' revamped offensive line. This is a group that's going to be counted on heavily next season and considering the amount at stake for many influential figures within the organization, the margin for error is non-existent.

It's been a mixed bag for the offensive line over camp so far. This isn't surprising considering there are four new starters and the left guard position is seemingly a straight fight between Saahdiq Charles and Chris Paul.

Clashing with Washington's exceptional defensive line is never going to bring success all the time. Chase Young and Montez Sweat have been relentless over camp so far and the defensive tackle tandem of Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne - coupled with Phidarian Mathis coming in for five-man fronts on occasion - need absolutely no introduction.

As expected, there were times when the defense completely overwhelmed the protection. But the most important thing was that the offensive line held their own overall - something that was obviously significant with the more physical nature of practice on Tuesday.

This will be a tremendous confidence boost for the group. There are still some concerns and center Nick Gates needs to rectify his high snaps, but the unit is arguably ahead of schedule with more than a month remaining until the Commanders begin their 2023 campaign against the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field.