4 critical observations from Commanders 2023 training camp Day 9

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

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Commanders WR Mitchell Tinsley catches the eye

Getting noticed within the Washington Commanders' wide receiver room is a difficult proposition these days. The unit is absolutely stacked with potential difference-makers from top to bottom, which makes it especially tough for those just starting their NFL journeys from the lowest spot on the pecking order.

The Commanders picked up a few talented pass-catchers in undrafted free agency this spring. While their chances of earning roster spots were dealt a blow when the team also signed Byron Pringle, that hasn't stopped one or two from catching the eye throughout training camp so far.

Mitchell Tinsley is an interesting case who reportedly stood out with some impressive grabs on Friday according to those in attendance. He's been working primarily with the second-string unit over Washington's camp to date, which indicates the Commanders think highly of the former Western Kentucky standout when many wrote him off.

Tinsley has the speed needed to make a difference and the ball skills also offer encouragement. It's also worth remembering that this is a player that notched 87 receptions for 1,402 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2020 before tailing off after transferring to Penn State, which was a steep step up in competition.

Much will depend on how Tinsley performs in the preseason. But don't completely dismiss his chances of making the Commanders' roster just yet - although a practice squad spot remains the most realistic outcome.