4 emerging surprises from Commanders training camp in 2023

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

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Commanders CBs improvement

There was optimism surrounding the Washington Commanders' cornerbacks making improvements thanks to the acquisitions of Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin over the first two rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft. Not many expected such quick growth from the unit over the early stages of camp.

It didn't take long for the defensive backs to start imposing themselves. Forbes and Martin provided the group with fresh energy, which is something the Commanders felt was sorely needed given their intentions to kick off the college selection process.

Having Benjamin St-Juste fit and free of nagging injuries is another massive positive. The former third-round selection is looking like a potential shutdown presence at the position - boasting a unique blend of size and length that's making things difficult for Washington's impressive pass-catchers.

Kendall Fuller remains dependable and is the experienced leader of the group. Danny Johnson, Rachad Wildgoose, and Christian Holmes are also looking to stake a claim, so there's plenty to like about this unit working alongside the backend safety tandem of Kamren Curl and Darrick Forrest.

Of course, having a stout defensive front allows for a little extra freedom in coverage. Everything is seemingly in place, but the rapid nature of the cornerback upturn - especially when it comes to creating turnovers - could be the missing piece of the defensive puzzle in 2023.