4 critical observations from Commanders 2024 minicamp Day 1

There was a lot to unpack.
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All eyes were on the Washington Commanders as they began their first mandatory minicamp under Dan Quinn's coaching regime. There is a rejuvenated energy around the building these days. Fans are optimistic about the future, but the correct foundations must be laid this summer to stand any chance of achieving these goals sooner than anticipated.

Quinn got a big boost with full attendance during the earlier voluntary sessions. Nobody is playing catch-up. Everybody is fighting to get noticed and carve out a role for themselves during this exciting new era. This ensures everyone should be fully aware of their responsibilities and raring to go when the regular season arrives.

Washington's chances in 2024 are hanging in the balance despite some impressive moves made throughout Adam Peters' first recruitment period as general manager. Mandatory minicamp is an opportunity to see what players have got with the installation phase complete, so there's a lot on the line for most.

With this in mind, here are four critical observations from Day 1 of Washington's mandatory minicamp in 2024.

Commanders left tackle situation

For all the positives surrounding the Washington Commanders this offseason, one problem could significantly derail their chances of progress. Those in power are taking a big blindside gamble on their offensive line. Adam Peters has time to make additional moves, but the general manager is confident in the options already around, too.

It's a tricky predicament. The Commanders spent a third-round selection on Brandon Coleman to potentially fill the void long-term. Until he's ready, Cornelius Lucas is in the driving seat.

According to those in attendance for Washington's first day of mandatory minicamp, Lucas was the starting left tackle during 11-on-11 drills. It's a position he wants to cement after being one of the few free-agent holdovers to get a new deal. Much will depend on Coleman's development, but the Commanders are taking a big risk if they go in this direction when competitive action arrives.