Which Washington Commanders players already appear to be tumbling down the depth chart after the first week of training camp practices?
We are now into the padded practice phase of training camp for the Washington Commanders after their initial bedding-in period. The increased energy surrounding the franchise has been incredible to witness thanks to the ownership change, which has also seen Ron Rivera emerge into a man reborn after finally being able to focus on football once again.
It's been fascinating to witness things unfold over the early exchanges. Things might become clear over the next week once the pads begin popping, which could make a big difference for many heading into joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens and preseason contests before Week 1.
There is a lot at stake and increased competition for places adds to the level of uncertainty. Based on what's transpired so far, players have already begun rising and falling as a result of their respective performance levels.
With that being said, here are four Commanders players who already look to be losing their depth chart status early at training camp in 2023.
David Mayo - Commanders LB
It looked for a long time as if David Mayo would push for a starting job in 2023. The Washington Commanders didn't reinforce their linebacking options whatsoever throughout the offseason, which could be the opening needed to push for prominent reps rather than contributing primarily from a special teams standpoint.
We are still early in the process and a lot can change. But it seems as if Mayo will be forced to accept special teams' duties based on his lack of involvement with the first string throughout camp to date.
The likes of Khaleke Hudson have come to the fore and Jack Del Rio's preference for two-linebacker sets is something else working against Mayo. However, he is a close associate of Ron Rivera's from their time together on the Carolina Panthers, which might be enough to attain a roster position when push comes to shove.