4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 9

The Washington Commanders got the pads popping again during Friday's practice.

Ron Rivera and Eric Bieniemy
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What were some critical observations from the ninth official practice at Washington Commanders training camp as the 2023 season fast approaches?

After a lighter practice for the Washington Commanders on Thursday, their ninth session of training camp had a different feel to it. Something that rounds off a physical few days with pads popping as preparations gather pace for the 2023 campaign.

Ron Rivera's been pleased with what he's seen from the Commanders so far. The energy is on point, everyone seems galvanized by a newfound belief across the franchise, and the team's defensive strength is as advertised looking at the first few padded sessions.

It's a solid platform from which to build, but tougher challenges are ahead. With that in mind, here are four critical observations from the Commanders' ninth training camp practice before the new season.

Commanders' tempo rose notably

As previously stated, Thursday's session represented a walk-through-type atmosphere compared to the rigors of previous such events. But the tempo and physicality shot up once again right from the outset just 24 hours later.

The Washington Commanders were thumping those pads to end their weekday engagements on a high. There was a level of healthy competition between the offense and defense that is making everyone better, with the same standard continuing throughout one-on-ones much to everyone's encouragement.

Urgency is increasing across the board, which can only be a good thing. Competition for places is fierce and established stars are looking to put the finishing touches off before playing influential roles, so all signs point to a positive second half of camp that also includes joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens.