4 critical observations from Commanders-Ravens joint practice No. 1

Things got heated between the Commanders and Ravens as expected.

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Commanders CB Emmanuel Forbes will be just fine

Much has been made about how Emmanuel Forbes might cope with the physical aspect of NFL play given his slender frame. However, the Washington Commanders must be thrilled with what they've witnessed from the cornerback throughout the preparation period.

Forbes made an aggressive goal-line stand against the Cleveland Browns in preseason Week 1. He followed this up by standing his ground and more versus a Baltimore Ravens passing attack that was looking to test the defensive back's mettle from start to finish.

As has been the case since the Commanders took Forbes at No. 16 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, he passed the test with flying colors. There were numerous pass breakouts and he stopped wideouts quickly when they did manage to get their hands on the football, so it was another impressive outing where the former Mississippi State standout was concerned.

And based on how Forbes reacted to a cheap shot from Tylan Wallace, he's going to be just fine.

It would be a huge surprise if Forbes didn't emerge as a real difference maker for the Commanders based on his smooth integration into the organization this summer. There might be some teething problems right out of the gate, but his athleticism and feared instincts could mean he's the missing piece of the defensive puzzle.