Which young Washington Commanders players are already turning heads at the team's training camp heading into the 2023 campaign?
It's been refreshing to see such electricity surrounding Washington Commanders training camp over the first few sessions. This was non-existent over the more than two-decade reign of Dan Snyder and something which represents hope for better fortunes both on the field and regarding ambitious plans coming to fruition away from the gridiron.
Ron Rivera is finally focusing all his attention on the football side of things, which has reinvigorated the head coach in mindset and overall demeanor. He also has the benefit of a talented roster with the right blend of youth and experience that could potentially surprise a few in 2023.
With this in mind, here are four young Commanders players who are already turning heads at the team's training camp in 2023.
Brian Robinson Jr. - Commanders RB
After a turbulent rookie campaign that began with suffering gunshot wounds during a car-jacking, Brian Robinson Jr. is eager to put a smoother preparation period to good use this time around. The former third-round pick is assuming lead-running back responsibilities under the watchful eye of Eric Bieniemy, who's already had a positive effect on the player's pass-catching out of the backfield in a relatively short space of time.
Robinson feels like a new man and is finally removed from the aches associated with his off-field incident. Antonio Gibson and perhaps even sixth-rounder Chris Rodriguez Jr. will get some work, but the onus is firmly on the Alabama product to become an integral part of Bieniemy's scheme.
All the early signs over camp so far have been positive. Hopefully, this trend continues in the weeks ahead and Robinson can hit the ground running in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.