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 CB Benjamin St-Juste impressing

Much of the hype has centered on the rookie duo of Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin when it comes to the Washington Commanders' cornerback room. Both deserve enormous credit for the way they've applied themselves to date, but another individual is also growing in stature throughout the opening stages of camp.

Benjamin St-Juste is looking to build on a promising second campaign with the Commanders this time around. His progress in terms of lockdown coverage was enormously encouraging and based on the former third-round pick's performance levels to date, it's something that could flourish further provided there are no further complications on the health front.

That's been the story of St-Juste's pro career so far. Just when he starts building momentum a spell on the sidelines swiftly follows - something the Commanders cannot afford again despite acquiring two potential immediate difference-makers in Forbes and Martin over the opening two rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft.

St-Juste has the length and athleticism to make life extremely difficult for opposing wide receivers. This is coming across during team 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, which is even more impressive when one considers the high-caliber wide receivers at Washington's disposal.

There is little disputing St-Juste's talent. That was never the problem.

If he can stay fit and fire on all cylinders after missing 13 games over his first two seasons, the sky's the limit for St-Juste and Washington's secondary.