4 critical observations from Commanders 2024 minicamp Day 3

The third and final day is in the books.
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Jayden Daniels raises optimism

Jayden Daniels has coped with every challenge well so far. The pressure on his shoulders is astronomical after the Washington Commanders took him at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. With OTAs and mandatory minicamp in the rearview mirror, those in power couldn't be happier with his transition.

Dan Quinn wasn't ready to name Daniels the starter officially, but everything is trending in the right direction. Team writer Zach Selby lent further weight to these claims, stating that it's hard to ignore the momentum building around the Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU over his first few weeks of practice with the franchise.

"All evaluations this time of year should be taken with context, but it's difficult to not get excited about how Daniels will help the Commanders. Quinn said Daniels has a rare blend of confidence and humility. He executes the offense well and does a good job of communicating the play to his teammates. He hasn't been named the starter yet, but there has been "unbelievable progress" from him in terms of his leadership and growth. To Quinn, that means it will be a "really fun camp" in August."

Zach Selby, Commanders.com

Daniels isn't taking anything for granted. He's humble enough to know nothing is given and any college accomplishments don't count for much in the pros. This mindset enabled him to integrate smoothly and win the respect of veteran teammates along the way.

The dual-threat weapon won't be taking a backward step just because the Commanders aren't congregating until their upcoming training camp. Daniels is striving for greatness, which doesn't come easy. Especially considering he's got a bigger bullseye on his back than most given his lofty draft status.

One couldn't be anything other than impressed by the way Daniels conducted himself and performed over early workouts. It's early days, but the Commanders might have something special on their hands after years of failed acquisitions at football's most critical position.