4 critical observations from Commanders 2024 minicamp Day 3

The third and final day is in the books.
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The new-look Washington Commanders concluded their offseason workout program with the final day of mandatory minicamp. While there was a more relaxed feel before players and staff went their separate ways, the need to get better was evident throughout according to those in attendance.

This hasn't been the case in previous seasons. There is an eagerness to impress and make every rep count. Opportunities are there for those who impress before depth chart statuses become finalized heading into Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Leaving a good first impression was also high on every player's priority list.

While the signs are positive, there is no time to revel in this ever-growing momentum. The hard work must continue away from the facility before players return for training camp. It's about finding the right balance between rest and putting in the hard yards. Self-drive and discipline are crucial.

That's for the not-too-distant future. For now, here are four critical observations from Day 3 of Washington's mandatory minicamp in 2024.

Dan Quinn pleased with Commanders' progress

Dan Quinn left nothing to chance in pursuit of making an immediate impression on his revamped roster. He made his expectations known right out of the gate. Players are responding well and there is a noticeable energy shift within the organization that was sorely lacking during Ron Rivera's final seasons at the helm.

Quinn seemed pleased with the way things unfolded throughout early offseason workouts based on comments via Fan Nation. The former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator also praised the work ethic of his players during the schematic installation phase and how they put this newfound information to use at Washington's mandatory minicamp.

"A lot of people would say this is the end of the offseason program in a lot of ways. I see it as just our beginning and what we can be about and what we have. I think over the last two weeks I felt this momentum shift. A lot of install had been through the first part of the offseason program. And now that those installs are going down, you're seeing the skill and the execution going up and it's been really exciting to see."

Dan Quinn via Fan Nation

The right foundations have been laid. If the same trend continues during training camp and preseason games, the Commanders will be well-placed to make significant improvements under Quinn's guidance in 2024.