4 emerging surprises from Commanders training camp in 2023

There have been some surprises throughout Commanders training camp so far.

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Young Commanders O-linemen coming to the fore

Much has been made about the importance of progress where the Washington Commanders' offensive line is concerned in 2023. Anything less than significant improvements could lead to grave ramifications and jobs on the line - so it's imperative the right cohesion is up to the required standard before competitive games arrive.

The Commanders will be heavily reliant on their veteran tackle tandem of Charles Leno Jr. and Andrew Wylie. Nick Gates' influence at the center position is another integral part of this puzzle, but watching some younger linemen flourish throughout camp has been encouraging for the short and potentially long term.

Sam Cosmi's transition from the edge to the right guard spot seems to have gone off without a hitch. Chris Paul is emerging as a potential starter at left guard after impressing considerably, which is further aided by Saahdiq Charles suffering yet another calf injury during Wednesday's session.

Another young protector that's caught the eye is undrafted free agent Mason Brooks. The former Ole Miss has reportedly been locking up established defensive linemen such as Daron Payne and Phidarian Mathis during one-on-ones, which could see a depth position offered depending on what transpires during the preseason.

Very little was expected of this group - especially against the Commanders' elite defensive front. So the fact they're holding their own and the development projects are emerging, all hope is certainly not lost just yet.