4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 8

It was a more relaxed session at Commanders training camp for practice Day 8.

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Commanders see flashes from Marcus Kemp

Evaluating players in this type of practice is difficult. Everything is dimmed down in terms of tempo, but the Washington Commanders felt this sort of session was needed before things get more serious tomorrow and in the days leading up to their joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens.

One player did catch the eye according to those in attendance. It's hard not to notice Marcus Kemp at the best of times given his 6-foot-4 frame and wide wingspan, but the wide receiver made the highlight play of the session when latching onto a Jacoby Brissett deep ball for a superb gain.

Kemp is a close associate of Eric Bieniemy's from their time together on the Kansas City Chiefs. He's been integral in helping teammates understand the complex new system and is a tremendous asset to call upon on special teams, but that won't guarantee a roster spot when it's all said and done.

With Byron Pringle joining the ranks and Dyami Brown showing out heading into Year 3 of his professional career, Kemp has his work cut out making the team. Much will depend on how many wideouts the Commanders bring through, but making plays even in this sort of setting could make a big difference when the time for final evaluations arrives.

One could make a case for five of the wideout spots being locked in right now. That leaves one or two open for the rest, so Kemp's fate might come down to how he performs in a pressurized preseason setting.