4 critical observations from Commanders 2024 minicamp Day 2

The intensity is building ahead of the 2024 season.
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Commanders utilizing Luke McCaffrey's versatility

There is a significant amount of intrigue attached to Luke McCaffrey's arrival. The Washington Commanders took the wide receiver at No. 100 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft when other highly touted prospects were available. While this was surprising, it's an indication of how highly those in power perceive the player's ceiling with a little extra refinement.

McCaffrey's made a strong start to life with the franchise. He's developed a nice chemistry with quarterback Jayden Daniels. He's spent considerable time with veteran Terry McLaurin to get some useful tricks of the trade. More importantly, the first-year pro is making opportunities count when targets arrive.

According to those in attendance on Day 2 for Washington's mandatory minicamp, the Commanders got creative with McCaffrey's usage. The former Rice standout was spotted after practice working with running backs coach Anthony Lynn, taking handoffs and showcasing his ability to potentially contribute in this area when the situation dictates.

This could be another string to McCaffrey's bow heading into Year 1 of his professional career. Whether it comes to anything or not remains to be seen, but the player is keen to repay the faith shown in him by the Commanders in any capacity based on comments via USA Today Sports.

"To be able to be part of something that is new (Owner, GM, Coaching Staff) and be able to go out there to compete in the culture that is being created here is such a cool opportunity."

Luke McCaffrey via USA Today Sports

Tempering expectations with McCaffrey is the correct approach initially. He's not his brother. He's not his dad. He wants to carve out his path and prove deserving of a Day 2 selection.

The bloodline for success is there, but that's never enough. McCaffrey needs to continue building on this newfound momentum in the weeks and months ahead. After that, offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury will have no choice other than to get him heavily involved right out of the gate.